Picot chain stitch tutorial

Picot Chain Stitch is an interesting variety of chain stitch that can be used as a linear stitch. Picot simply means knot or loop. This version has a picot on each chain stitch creating a slight ridge down the side of the line. In order to work this stitch it is best to know how to work basic chain stitch as this is a development of that basic stitch. Since Picot chain is part of the chain stitch family, like most chain stitches, Picot Chain stitch follows a curve well. It also makes an interesting edge to small projects or can be used to created a slightly textured line.

Picot chain stitch is best worked in a thread with firm twist such as cotton perle #8 or #5.  The trick is to use a hoop to achieve an even tension and nice line of picots.

The demonstration sample is worked in cotton perle #5.

How to work Picot chain stitch tutorial step 1Work the stitch down the line. Start by creating a basic chain stitch.


How to work Picot chain stitch tutorial step 2To created the picot, pass the needle under the right side of the stitch.

Note you are not taking the needle through the fabric just threading it under the loop.


Pull the thread through. When you re-insert the needle for the next chain stitch put the needle inside the chain and at the same time make sure that you are inserting the needle into the middle of the partly formed picot loop.

How to work Picot chain stitch tutorial
Make another chain stitch.
How to work Picot chain stitch tutorial step 3Repeat the picot continuing down the line. As you can see and extra ridge is formed down one side.


How to work Picot chain stitch tutorial step 4I discovered this stitch in Edith Johns book Creative Stitches. I hope you enjoy Picot chain stitch!



Double Pekinese Stitch Tutorial

Double Pekinese Stitch sampleDouble Pekinese Stitch is of course a variety of Pekinese stitch. This stitch creates a heavy braid like line which can follow a curve well making it ideal as an edging or linear stitch. You work two lines of back stitch which is then threaded in a particular lacing pattern with a second contrasting thread.  As a threaded stitch it is quick to work so is ideal stitch choice if you need a thick line that is quick to work.

How to work Double Pekinese Stitch

Your first step is to work two foundation rows of back stitches in a fairly loose manner because the threading will tighten them. If you need a refresher on how to do back stitch check out my tutorial here.

Step by step tutorial on Double Pekinese Stitch 1

Threading Double Pekinese Stitch

When threading Double Pekinese Stitch use a blunt ended tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches. As you thread do not pass the needle through the fabric.

Step by step tutorial on Double Pekinese Stitch 2Work from left to right.

Bring your needle out on the top left of the line.

Slide the needle under the two foundation stitches pointing the needle downwards.

Pull the thread through. Move along two foundation stitches, slide the needle under the stitch. With the needle tip pointed towards the top pull your thread through.

Step by step tutorial on Double Pekinese Stitch 3

Move back one stitch and slide your needle downwards under the stitch.

With the needle tip pointed towards the bottom pull your thread through.

Step by step tutorial on Double Pekinese Stitch 4Repeat this lacing process along the line. To create a neat line, tighten slightly after each threaded loop is created.

The sample of Double Pekinese stitch is worked in two threads of different colours so you can see how the stitch is made. You can of course use a single colour. The sample is worked in cotton perle #5.  To create extra interest with this stitch use your imagination with thread choice. Experiment with contrasts of texture and weight. You can lace with, fine cord, heavy yarn, a metallic, or a fine ribbon. As you can see Double Pekinese Stitch is an interesting stitch with loads of possible uses. I hope you enjoy it!


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