Since people enjoyed last weeks Closed base needlewoven picot I decided to show you Open base needlewoven picot.
The method of working is very similar 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 like motifs. 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.
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.
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.
Begin weaving by sliding the needle from left to right 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 right to left picking the middle thread. The two outer threads are not picked up.
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.
Continue weaving until the picot is packed firmly to the base.
Take the thread to the back and secure with two small back stitches.
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!
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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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