TAST Highlights

People seem to really enjoy both open and closed based needle woven picot stitches. I actually had a really hard time trying to keep the featured samples to just 5. In fact I didn’t manage it.

Don’t miss the samples Queeniepatch has worked over on Queenie’s Needlework. The samples really are imaginative and fresh

I smiled at Claudia’s banana!

Over on Playful Stitching, Lucy Landry produced a very unusual flower

Over on Pierres, Papiers, Ciseaux there is a tree decoration using this stitch

CrazyQstitcher worked a wonderful flower fairy

On an experimental note I really liked how Raphaela of Textile Explorations, experimented with using different threads for this stitch.

Swing by tomorrow for next weeks stitch. In the meanwhile, I hope the featured samples this week have inspired and you to take a little time out in your busy week to browse the other comments on Take a stitch Tuesday this week.

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How to hand embroider Open Base Needlewoven Picot

Open base needlewoven picot is a fun three dimensional stitch that is ideal for leaves and the like.

The method of working is very similar to Closed Base Needlewoven Picot stitch but the base is wider. You can make short or quite long or I have seen them worked in wide and stacked to form lichen type textures on motifs of trees and bark. Also if worked stacked in semi circles they make great pinecones! If you work them in a circle they form petals for flower. The ‘leaves’ stand free from the fabric in a 3D manner.

My main tip is to use a blunt tapestry needle so that as you weave the threads you do not split them by accident.

How to work an Open Base Needlewoven Picot stitch

Open base needlewoven picot
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 left of the pin.   Take the thread behind the pin and back into the fabric on the right hand side as illustrated. Bring the thread out, a little to the left, at the base of where the pin emerges from the fabric.
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Take the thread and wrap it behind the pin. Have the thread cross the pin so that it wraps from the right side to left as illustrated in the photograph.

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Begin weaving by sliding the needle from left to right picking up the two outer threads. You do not pick up the middle thread.
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Pull the thread through firmly but not too tight.
Open base needlewoven picot
Turn the needle and continue weaving by sliding the needle from right to left picking the middle thread. The two outer threads are not picked up.
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Pull your thread through and continue in this back and forth motion until you have woven to the base. As you weave use the needle to pack the picot so that it firm.
Open base needlewoven picot 8 Continue weaving until the picot is packed firmly to the base.
Open base needlewoven picot 9Take the thread to the back and secure with two small back stitches.

Open base needlewoven picotRemove the pin and you have a freestanding needle woven Picot which pops up from the fabric.

How to work a Buttonhole Wheel Cup

Buttonhole wheel cup sample

Buttonhole wheel cups are something I discovered while experimenting with buttonhole wheels. I am sure I just re-invented the stitch and somewhere another person has had the same thoughts but .

They make great middles to flowers like daffodils and I use them all over the place in my textured embroidery as I really like working them. I think I find it appealing because they are so highly textured.

How to create a buttonhole wheel cup

Buttonhole wheel cup step 1To work them you need to know how to work a buttonhole wheel and they are combined with detached buttonhole. Both of these stitches are found in my stitch dictionary.

Start with working a buttonhole wheel. Space the spokes of the wheel fairly close together but not packed. If your wheel edge flips up it is probably because you are not spacing the stitches close enough together.

Bring your thread out on the edge of the wheel and work a detached buttonhole stitch. I changed thread colour so you can see what was happening but normally I would have the same colour thread.

Into the edge of the buttonhole wheel work buttonhole stitch. Do not work the stitch through the fabric but around the edge of the wheel. One row will produce a ridge.

Buttonhole wheel cup step 2Two rows produces a small cup and three a deeper cup and so forth. You can stitch beads to the middle of the cup or leave it as a textured stitch.

Buttonhole wheel cup sampleIf you want the cup to go straight up don’t add any stitches if you want it to flare a little add an extra detached buttonhole stitch every two or three stitches. To do this work two stitches into the same hole the same way you would with crochet or knot stitches.

I hope you enjoy this stitch!