For this part I will illustrate the three thread picot stitch (needleweaving). The difference between this stitch and the two thread, besides the obvious number of threads, is the the weaving starts at the top instead of the bottom so the thread ends…..at the bottom. The picot is still attached to the background only at the base and the rest of the picot is loose and dimensional on the surface.
I use the “three thread” version when I am working with a bit larger scale as it is obviously thicker and weightier than its two thread sister. I used three threads for the sepals on the blackberries on the American Still Life quilt with the Caron thread I am going to demonstrate with below.
If you compare the two (top photo and above) you can see the weight difference between the two versions. Even if I had used the Caron thread for the two thread version (above) it would end up approximately half the thickness of the three thread version. Are you keeping up with me? 😉
The Three Thread Picot Stitch Directions
I am using: Caron Threads cotton “Wildflowers” thread (1 strand), A size 9 embroidery needle (Crewel), a glass top regular sewing pin and an embroidery hoop (5″).
Start by bringing the thread up from the back directly left and next to the pin at the base of where the pin comes to the surface.
Bring around the pin’s top and take thread to the back at “2”. Bring the thread to the front at “3” and then wrap slightly across the top of the pin’s head just to catch.
Addendum: You may notice that I create the “legs” of this stitch in a different order than most stitch dictionaries. The reason is because this particular order creates a tighter tip for me, which is very important when making sepals.
Start weaving from the top down, over, under, over/under, over, under–back and forth
When weaving is complete, take the thread to the back at the base.
Remove the pin and you have your finished picot. You could knot off at the back and leave loose or……..
Mold it to a desired position, bring the needle back up at the top and then pierce the tip of the picot and take the needle to the back and knot off.
The picot will now hold this position even with heavy handling and folding.
I hope you experiment and play with this stitch and find inspiration for your applique projects. Remember, it is not about the finish line, but having fun during the making. Do you get on a ride at Disneyland, just for the thrill of getting off?
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