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Picot Stitch

Woven Picot Stitch makes a striking 3D effect - it’s a simple one to create, just with needle and thread!

For Picot Stitch, you need 2 needles. In this tutorial, I used 3 strands out of 6.

Picot Stitch is usually done with 3 spokes, but can be done with 5 - as long as it’s an odd number.

  1. Take your first needle, and insert it into the fabric at the top point of your triangle. 
  2. Bring up the tip of your needle as far down the middle line of the triangle as you can - ideally at the bottom of the shape, so it lays flat against the fabric.
  3. Thread your second needle, and bring it up at the bottom left point.
  4. Loop the thread under the top of your needle; then bring your needle down at the bottom right point.
  5. Pull the thread tight - this will create the structure of your stitch.
  6. Come up at the bottom of your triangle, on the centre line and just to the left of your needle.
  7. Again, bring the thread under the top point of your needle.
  8. Pull tight again - these are the 3 spokes that you’ll use to weave your Picot Stitch.
  9. Then, start to weave! Take your needle under the right spoke; under the middle; and over the left. Pull this really tight - this will make sure the tip of your stitch stays neat.
  10. Then, work in the other direction, alternating over and under - go under the left spoke, over the middle, and under the right, to create another row. Pull this tight, too. The first 2 rows are the only ones you’ll pull tight  - the rest of your stitches should be loose.
  11. Continue weaving your thread over and under, making sure you alternate each row.  Keep the thread fairly loose, so that it sits against the spokes - pulling too tight will make it all bunch together, losing the triangle shape. For a really tidy weave, be quite careful with the placement of each row - use your finger or a needle to nudge the threads into place, as they tend to bulge downwards in the middle.
  12. Once you’ve reached the bottom of your shape, bring the needle to the back of the fabric behind one of your spokes, and tie off.
  13. Finally, remove your first needle! The point of the Picot Stitch should lift off the fabric, staying attached at the base. You can use a small anchor stitch to attach the point to the fabric, So that the stitch curves out of the fabric.


1 Response



June 24, 2022

Wow, that is so clever! That would be wonderful for bunting, petals, dinosaur spikes, the sails of little boats, succulents – just sets off so many ideas in my head. Must have a play with that. Thanks for the “how to” that would have been a tricky one to do from a diagram.

Paraffle Embroidery replied:
I love those ideas Rhonda – dinosaurs, boats, succulents – you’ve given me a lot of inspiration! Glad you enjoyed the tutorial!

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