Picot Stitch

Picot Stitch, illustration 1.

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Picot Stitch, also known as Loop Stitch, was used in Ticking work and other fancy Embroideries, and to ornament plain linen. It is formed of a loop made like a Chain, and secured with a short stitch holding down the loop at its broad end. In other words, it is almost identical with the Bird's Eye Stitch except that the cross stitch which secures the loop is made longer, and so changes the appearance of the figure somewhat.

To work: Bring up the thread from the back of the material, hold it down with the left thumb, put the needle in to the right, and close to where it came up, and bring it out one-eighth of an inch below, in a straight line over the held down thread (see Fig. 1). Draw the thread up, and put the needle down through the material a short distance below the chain.

Picot Stitches connected to form a design.

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The figure above illustrates a cross formed with four Picot Stitches. The Chains, or Bird’s Eye loop, form the arms of the cross, and the short stitches the body.

Below are two arrangements using the this stitch. As can be seen, it can be worked with other stitches to create any number of unique designs.

Picot Stitch, illustration 2.

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The figure above is an arrangement of the Loop Stitch in a pattern. The straight centerline of Picot is worked first, and the branching Picots on each side afterwards.
Picot Stitch and Coral Stitch make a unique design.

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The figure above is composed of a centerline of Coral Stitch, broken at set intervals with stars formed with six Picot Stitches.

Picot Stitch for Applique

This variation of this stitch was used almost exclusively for work with gold and silver thread. The following instructions were found in the Young Ladies’ Journal, Complete Guide to the Work-Table, dated 1894.

Gold or Silver Thread Picot Stitch used in Applique.

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The illustration above is a picot edge for appliqué worked with fine gold or silver thread; it will be quite easy to twist the gold or silver thread into the picots as the stiffness will allow them to retain their form. Two strands of cord are sewn down with a third strand of the same.

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