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

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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.
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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.