Today we have two weeks of stitches, mainly because there are three versions of doing this that I know of and possibly more. So rather than holding one over until next week and risk someone shaking their head, muttering to themselves, and saying it is not the way they do do it. I thought I would share the two main versions of buttonhole picots that I use.
The first version and the one most often documented has a picot made of a bullion stitch the second version is easier to work as the picot is made of three chain stitches. There is another woven method of making a picot (woven over a pin) but I am not covering that version at the moment.
The second version interests me as I was shown the second version when young and I often wonder if this is an Australian / New Zealand version as I have seen it in Australian stitch magazines and Janet M. Davies of JMD Designs has this version on her site.
All samples worked using cotton perle # 5
Most often this stitch is worked along an edge so the buttonhole stitches are usually worked close together. For purposes of demonstration I have spaced them a little apart so you can see how the picot stitches are worked.
In all versions you space the picot knots as required along a line of buttonhole.
Version 1 Picot made with a bullion knot
Start with buttonhole, when you reach the point where you want to add a picot commencing with the thread under the needle wrap the needle 2 or 3 times to create a bullion knot.
Push the knot wraps snug to the buttonhole and pull the thread through. You may need to hold the needle flat to the fabric with your thumb as you pull through.
Slide your needle from left to right under the last stitch and keeping the thread under the needle pull it through. If you need to push the knot up snug do so with either your needle or thumb.
Continue along the line working the next section of buttonhole.
Buttonhole stitch with Picots version 2 (picot made with chain stitches)
This is similar but I think easier as the picot knot is formed with a chain stitch.
The illustration samples are worked using cotton perle # 5.
As with the previous version you space the picot knots as required along a line of buttonhole. Also usually the buttonhole stitches are worked close together as an edging stitch. For purposes of demonstration I have spaced them a little apart so you can see how the picot stitches are worked
Start with buttonhole, when you reach the point where you want to add a picot slide your needle under the the thread of the last buttonhole stitch but not through the fabric.
With the thread under the needle pull your needle through so that you make a little chain stitch using the buttonhole as a foundation.
Insert your needle into the centre of the chain stitch but not through the fabric. Wrap your thread under the needle and pull your needle through to make a second chain stitch.
If you want a larger knot you can make a third chain.
Next slide your needle from right to left under the last stitch and keeping the thread under the needle pull it through. If you need to push the knot up snug do so with either your needle or thumb.
Recommence regular buttonhole stitch and bring your needle tip out next to the picot and continue along the line working the next section of buttonhole.
As you can see the knot stands a little proud and personally I always find the rhythm of the second version easier than the first.
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