Are you looking to add some dimension to your embroidery? Then let's learn the woven picot stitch!
I was first intimidated by this stitch. It looked like it had to be difficult. But you know what, it really isn't that hard!
Better yet, if you already know the woven trellis stitch, the woven picot will be even easier since you follow the same weaving method.
Take a pin and stick it in your fabric.
Come up from the back of the fabric on the left side of the pin with your needle and thread (how far away from the pin will depend on how wide you want your woven picot to be) and then wrap the thread around the back of the pin top.
(Please excuse the blue circle drawn on the fabric in the photos below. I know, it looks strange. It is my guide for building my flower with the woven picots - so hopefully it isn't too confusing and will make more sense later in the post.)
Bring the needle down through the fabric on the right side of the pin about the same distance as the left side.
Bring the needle up through the back of the fabric just to the left of the pin and wrap around the pin top again.
Now you will begin weaving.
First row weave from the right to left: under / over / under.
Next row weave from left to right doing the opposite: over / under / over.
Continue this process until you reach the bottom.
Pull out the pin and you are finished!
Here are a few pics of what it looks with pin removed and the woven picot lifted away from the fabric to give you an idea of the dimension.
Pretty cool, huh?
I am using a #5 perle cotton thread. I hardly ever stitch with perle cotton but I read that the woven picot looks best when stitched with a thread that has a good twist to it (like a perle cotton).
I continued to stitch more woven picots around my blue circle to create my flower petals.
Then, I added french knots for the flower center with yellow DMC floss (all six strands).
Here are some more photos just to show the dimension of the stitch.
Have you ever tried the woven picot? Post your photos in the Flickr Embroidery Group!
P.S. I learned the woven picot from watching Mary Corbet's video tutorial. Check it out!