Oooooh, now it’s time to do something kind of fun with that rolled woven picot that we looked at on Wednesday!
I’m afraid this could just be the beginning. There are so many ideas brewing in my head – alterations, combinations, variations and whatnot on the rolled woven picot!
I love playing with stitches like these, to see where the exploration takes me. Sometimes, admitted, my explorations can end in a flop. But sometimes, they can lead to some surprisingly fun and fabulous results. I hope that you take some time to play with the stitch, too, to see what you can come up with!
Today I’ll show you a larger woven picot roll and what I did with it. The key point here is how to anchor a larger roll to the fabric. It requires a slightly different approach compared to the smaller roll that we looked at on Wednesday.
In today’s tutorial, I’m still working on linen, and I’m still using DMC Perle #5 (Variations – their variegated line).
I really love the side view of the rolled woven picot, don’t you? The texture of the stitch is very pretty!
I’m starting with a much long woven picot today. I used a doll maker’s needle to create the long picot, but if you don’t have a really long (4″ – 5″ long) needle or pin, you can use the method we looked at on Monday, involving an anchor stitch for holding the foundational stitches in place.
You’ll want to cut a length of thread that’s about 50″ – 60″ long to make this picot. It needs to be a very long piece of thread! You don’t want to run out of thread in the middle of the picot.
My picot ended up being around 3.5″ long. It could have been longer, but this will suffice.
Once the picot is finished, take the working thread to the back of the fabric over one leg at the base of the foundation stitches, but don’t cut the working thread – you’ll need it to anchor the roll to the fabric.
Just like we did in Wednesday’s tutorial with the smaller roll, turn the base so that you can begin rolling the picot around itself, with the base practically perpendicular to the fabric.
Roll the picot around the center base area, around and around, spiraling larger and larger, until it’s all rolled up – then stick a pin through the tip of the picot, into the roll and into the fabric, to hold the roll in place while you stitch it down.
Stitch the tip in place, the same way we did on Wednesday, by bringing the needle and working thread to the front of the fabric underneath the edge of the roll, passing through the tip (or near the tip) of the picot and back down into the fabric.
Then, come up under the edge of the roll again, a little farther away from the tip that you just anchored, and this time, pass the needle through the roll to the other side, as shown above. You’ll be entering the roll between the woven stitches and over the original picot foundation threads. Go straight through the roll – you want to pass through every layer, including the center – and out the other side, between two of the woven stitches.
Then, take the needle and thread down into the fabric, just under the edge of the roll on the opposite side.
Work another anchor stitch through the middle of the roll in the same manner, perpendicular to this one, so that you’re anchoring through the roll twice.
It’s important on a larger roll to run anchoring stitches into the center, to make sure that all the wraps are secure to the fabric. Otherwise, some of the wraps may wriggle free as time passes and stick up further than the other layers of the roll.
Here’s the larger roll, anchored.
I do love the look of that! Even though it does stick up quite a bit from the fabric, I just think these are really pretty! I can’t wait to play with them with other threads, too!
Ahhhh. From the side, the texture is fabulous, isn’t it?
Kind of makes my mouth water in a weird way.
Once you’ve got a rolled woven picot on your fabric, it stands to reason that you should embellish around it.
So I did this:
The stem is a whipped chain stitch.
And the two large leaves? Well, they’re just more woven picots that have been bent and anchored to the fabric.
It looks like it’s dancing. It’s a happy little flower thingy.
If I had had just a wee bit more time, I would have worked up one more sample that I have in mind. Perhaps in the not-too-distant future!
I hope you enjoyed this short series of tutorials on rolled woven picots – play with them and see what you can come up with!
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