Closed base needlewoven picot or needlewoven picot leaf stitch when complete is very leaf-like so you can use it any floral motif. This is a stitch that stands proud of the fabric and I think you’ll find it amusing and cute. It takes a little time to work and quite a bit of thread but it is worth it when you see people reach to touch it.
This is a closed base needlewoven picot. You can make them quite long and they look very effective if worked en-masse. If you work them in a circle they form flower-like petals.
Use a blunt tapestry needle so that as you weave the threads you do not split the threads by accident.
How to work Closed 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 right of the pin. Take the thread up and behind the pin 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 left side under the pin to the right as illustrated.
Begin weaving at the top by sliding the needle from the right to the left, 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 left to right picking the middle thread. The two outer threads are not picked up.
Pull your thread through and continue in this back-and-forth motion. As you weave, use the needle to pack the picot so that it sits firm.
Continue weaving until the picot is packed firmly to the base.
Take the thread to the back and secure it with two small back stitches.
Remove the pin and you have a freestanding needle woven closed base picot.
It looks like a leaf that stands proud of the fabric!
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