- Buttonhole ring picot
- Buttonhole ring
A ring picot is a semi-circular loop, normally on the edge of a piece of fabric, covered in buttonhole stitches.
Ring picots can be worked so that each semi-circle overlaps with the previous one to form a decorative edge.
N.B. The alternative name of buttonhole ring can also be used for Buttonhole couronnes.
Work buttonhole stitches along the edge of your fabric. Count back 8 stitches and insert your needle into the top of the stitch. Always insert your needle from front to back.
Insert your needle into the buttonhole stitch at the start of the semi-circle and pull through, leaving another semi-circle of thread.
Use your needle to tension both semi-circles to the approximate size which you want.
Insert your needle back into the top of the 8th buttonhole stitch. Try not to split your threads.
Use a large tapestry needle or similar implement to tighten all three threads to the required size.
Insert your needle through the ring and over the working thread to work your first buttonhole.
Pull your thread diagonally down so that the knot is at the very end of the ring.
Continue working buttonhole stitches around the ring, the first few stitches may look uneven.
As you work around the ring, the buttonhole stitches will form a ridge around the edge.
When you reach the end of the ring and can’t fit in any more stitches, insert your needle into the fabric to work the next buttonhole edging stitch.
A ring picot further embellished with a loop picot
Ring picots with picots
Structure of stitch
Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.122
Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.162
Pat Earnshaw, Bobbin and needle laces - identification and care (1983) , p.102
Examples of Ring picot
Needlelace collar (Metropolitan Museum 08.180.701)
This 19th century collar features 17th century Venetian needlepoint lace elements. The narrow bars are embellished with ring picots which in turn are embellished with four tiny picots (these may be loop or simple picots). https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/215050