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With my woven crochet clutch finished, I was ready to embark on a new chapter in Crochet Master Class. I had the desire for texture, so I moved on to the bullion stitch chapter, which features crochet master Bonnie Pierce. Bonnie learned the bullion stitch about 30 years ago when she decided to use a vintage pattern (with over 100 bullions) to make a Christening gown for her daughter. After that, she saw that there was a lack of bullion patterns so she began to write her own. Bonnie’s website links to 25 of her free square patterns, and she also sells some of her books, patterns, and bullion crochet hooks here.
I first experimented with the bullion stitch in 2006-7, when I crocheted this hat.
Since that hat, I haven’t done much with bullions. If you aren’t familiar with the bullion stitch, check out this YouTube tutorial by Margaret Hubert (which I learned about when I took her freeform class last year).
For some reason, this week I had a great need to “kill three birds with one stone.” So I tried to pick a bullion project that I could also make from my own stash and for charity. After a bit of searching on Ravelry, I came across several bullion stitch blocks by Donna Kay Lacey. I started with the Poppy Bullion Block.
I really enjoyed the pattern. A lot of crochet square patterns are pretty predictable, but this one kept me guessing – in a good way. I’m planning to make at least a few more of these blocks before moving on to my next bullion stitch pattern.
In other bullion news, I started to check out bullion crochet hooks on Lacis and Etsy (Sistermaide listing here). If I’m still feeling excited about this stitch in another 30 days, I may even buy one.
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