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.
Place a pin in your work with the pin emerging from the fabric where you want the base of your picot to be.
Bring the thread out at the base to the right of the pin. Take the thread up and behind the pin side as illustrated.
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.
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.
Pull 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.
Continue weaving until the picot is packed firmly to the base.
Take the thread to the back and secure with two small back stitches.
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.
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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.
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