Take a Stitch Tuesday

The  stitch this week will work very well with the buttonhole wheel cup, the TAST stitch  last week as combined they make great daffodils. Since it is spring in Australia I thought I would share some sunshine. Closed base needlewoven picot or needlewoven picot leaf  stitch is very leaf like so can be used in any floral motif.

This is a closed base needlewoven picot. You can make them quite long and they look very effective if worked on mass. If you work them in a circle they form flower like petals.

Use a blunt tapestry needle so that as you weave the threads you do not split the threads by accident.

needlewoven picot leaf step by step directions


Place a pin in your work with the pin emerging from the fabric where you want the base of your picot to be.

needlewoven picot leaf step by step directions 2
Bring the thread out at the base to the right of the pin. Take the thread up and behind the pin side as illustrated.

needlewoven picot leaf step by step directions3
Bring the thread out, a little to the left, at the base of where the pin emerges from the fabric. Take the thread and wrap it behind the pin.

Have the thread cross the pin so that it wraps from the left side under the pin to the right as illustrated.

needlewoven picot leaf step by step directions 4
Begin weaving at the top by sliding the needle from the right to the left, picking up the two outer threads. You do not pick up the middle thread.

Pull the thread through firmly but not too tight. Turn the needle and continue weaving by sliding the needle from left to right picking the middle thread. The two outer threads are not picked up.

needlewoven picot leaf step by step directionsPull your thread through and continue in this back and forth motion. As you weave use the needle to pack the picot so that it firm.

needlewoven picot leaf step by step directionsContinue weaving until the picot is packed firmly to the base.

Take the thread to the back and secure with two small back stitches.

needlewoven picot leaf step by step directions

Remove the pin and you have a freestanding needle woven closed base picot.

It looks like a leaf that stands proud of the fabric!

I hope you enjoy this weeks stitch!

Once again the challenge is:

For new hands to learn the stitch


If you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner or combine this stitch with one of the stitches already covered in TAST 2012. If you have worked a sample in a previous challenge feel free to post a link in comments as it will inspire people but if you have time do try another sample and do something different and new!

How to join in

Stitch a sample,  take a photograph of it, put in online in your blog, flickr site or on stitchin fingers page, swing by here and leave a comment with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample.

Any special rules?

There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.

Interesting work will be featured

Each week I will feature samples that participants have stitched order to draw attention to creative and interesting work. This means some work will be re-published. I will credit and link to the owners website but I assume that when you leave your link here, I have your permission to feature your work. If you do not want your work to be featured please say in the comment, you leave and I wont include it in the feature.

Further information

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page,   stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. All these sub groups are set up at request of members

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35 Responses to Take a Stitch Tuesday

  1. Kathy says:

    Here is the closed base needlewoven picot. I liked this stitch.


  2. libbyQ says:

    i’ve managed to get a bit more stitching onto my wonderful husband’s christmas stocking using this stitch.
    if interested in seeing: http://simpletosublimepapernapkinpoetry.blogspot.com/2012/11/tastclosed-base-needlewoven-picot.html


  3. With all the hassle of changing my website adress, I forgot to share my last TAST stitches
    And this week stitch
    I really love dimensional embroidery :)

  4. Hi Sharon,
    Due to teaching commitments, I was way behind on my TAST! But, now I’m good again. You can find my latest addition to the mandala on: http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/profile/JessicaGrimm.
    Best wishes, Jessica

  5. Liz Eph says:

    hiya everyone, another steep learning curve :-) xx liz xx http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/botanical?context=user

  6. Faith says:

    “I haven’t had a lot of time to play the TAST” should be “I haven’t had a lot of time to play with TAST stitches”

  7. Faith says:

    I haven’t had a lot of time to play the TAST, but I have managed to do a little of all the stitches I missed. I’ll try to get to see everyone else’s posts later this weekend or during the week… depends on how my computer behaves.


  8. Annet says:

    I’ve stitched a few closed base woven picots next to the drizzle stitches on my grey linen sampler:

  9. Maureen bond says:

    I made some beetles which are at
    Nice stitch.

  10. Laurel says:

    Hi All – Here’s my example of the Woven Picot (slightly blurry – sorry). Sharon – I look forward to next year’s design challenge.

  11. Hi Sharon,
    I have started working on this stitch, my trials are on my blog.
    Thank you,

  12. Isabelle says:

    Hi everybody,
    This time, I am not late for the chalenge. you will find my work here

  13. Hi Sharon, I’ve only done a small example this week !
    Been so busy ! My son left this morning bound for the caribbean on a cruise ship, playing in a band and will be gone for 5 months ( crying !!!) Do better next week !!!
    Chris Richards

  14. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Friends, my posts for the stitches 40 & 41.
    Lots of fun! Thank you all 😉

  15. Carol Harper says:

    Wasn’t easy to find a pin in my house long enough to weave around but I finally settled on a flat-headed flower pin usually used in quilting. A little awkward but it worked! Here is my set of gour woven picot “leaves”: http://210920746822434353.weebly.com/1/post/2012/11/take-a-stitch-tuesday-2012-week-forty-four.html

  16. Claudia says:

    This is a wonderful stitch, I like all dimensional stitches. Sure I will use it again. Thanks for sharing, Sharon. Here is my attempt: http://fabricfusion.blogspot.co.at/2012/11/tast-44-needelwoven-picot-stitch.html

  17. crazypatch says:

    I love this stitch (base closed and non closed) and ????I am delighted that the Tast continue Next year.

  18. Lucy Landry says:

    I had to work fast this week as tomorrow I am headed to Houston, TX for the International Quilt Festival. I am so excited to be going.

    I love the texture and dimension of this stitch and I am happy that the challenge will continue on. Thanks Sharon


  19. Debbie says:

    Early this week! – here is my sample of the closed base needlewoven picot stitch:

  20. Of course not ready to post anything. This is just to say, “I LOVE this stitch! I am sooooo excited about all these dimensional stitches!!”

  21. Bernice Odom says:

    This was a great stitch…I really enjoyed doing it. For my quilt block I tacked the end down. http://timeusebybernice.wordpress.com/

  22. Annet says:

    There’s only one wonky old stitch in my post today, so I shared a few other details on my doodle cloth:
    This week I have an almost new stitch to learn!

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