- Simple picot
This simple picot is formed by wrapping the thread around the needle three times and then taking the needle back into where it started. Its method uses a similar technique to the bullion knot and it therefore has similarities with the bullion picot, but the result is much smaller and forms a nodule rather than a loop.
These tiny picots are often used to embellish both buttonhole bars and also other picots, especially ring picots.
Work buttonhole stitches along the edge. When you reach the point where you wish to make a picot, insert the needle back into the last buttonhole stitch.
About the half way through, hold the needle with finger and thumb.
Wrap the thread three times anti-clockwise.
Push the wraps down towards the buttonhole stitch. Keep holding the wraps and then pull the needle through.
Now a simple picot is created.
Bring the needle back up through the last buttonhole stitch.
Continue working the buttonhole stitch until the next spot for another picot.
Structure of stitch
'Anchor Manual of Needlework', archive.org (1958). Available at: https://archive.org/details/anchormanualofne0000unse/mode/2up (Accessed: 30 June 2022)
Pat Earnshaw, Bobbin and needle laces - identification and care (1983) , p.102