The Woven Picot is a dimensional hand embroidery stitch, created by weaving over three threads that are anchored behind a pin.
This is a great little stitch – it can be left loose so that it stands up from the fabric in a rather dramatic way, or it can be anchored at the top and held down onto the fabric with a tiny stitch.
The woven picot makes excellent petals, but it can also be worked as other embroidered elements. Anywhere you want a dimensional stitch that can be short and squat or long and slender, the woven picot will work.
The woven picot makes up the petals on the sunflower in the photo above. The picots are worked in #8 perle cotton on red linen. To work this type of flower, two layers of picots are worked around the center circle. The background layer is always worked first, with the foreground layer worked on top of it. The center of the flower was worked with French knots.
The woven picot can be worked in any type of thread, but I think it looks best when worked in a thread that has a good bit of twist to it, like a perle cotton or a buttonhole silk. Worked in floss and similar threads, the picot will have less definition. If you want a smoother surface to your picot, choose floss, stranded silk, floche, or a similar thread with a looser twist.
Here’s the video for the woven picot:
If you’d like to learn some other hand embroidery stitches, feel free to visit my collection of embroidery how-to videos here on Needle ‘n Thread.