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Woven loop picot

This picot is a cross between a cutwork loop picot and a stumpwork woven picot.  A loop is formed and then the thread is wrapped around the loop in a figure of eight movement in a similar way to woven bars.  Like a loop picot, it is used to embellish needlelace bars or the edge of a piece of fabric.

This stitch features in a 1916 publication, Priscilla Hedebo and Cutwork Book which describes various whitework stitches and techniques.  Priscilla was a publishing company in Boston, Massachusetts.

N.B. the historic reference doesn’t name the picot and so we have assigned it a descriptive name.

Woven loop picot is generously sponsored by Columbia Fiber Arts Guild (Pacific NW, US)

Method

In the example below, woven loop picot is worked as an edging. You could work woven loop picot in cutwork to embellish the buttonhole bars.

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Edge your fabric with buttonhole stitch. To work your picot insert the needle into the buttonhole stitch and pull through leaving a loop. Repeat to make a double loop.

2

Place a pin through the double loop and into the fabric to hold the picot.

3

Throw the working thread under the head of the pin and insert the needle down into the double loop from right to left.

4

Pull the thread through gently.

5

Insert the needle down into the double loop from left to right, and pull through.

6

Continue weaving back and forth in the way, pulling the thread gently each time.

7

When the weaving is finished, insert the needle through the buttonhole stitch from back to front in order to continue your buttonhole edging.

8

Remove the pin and your woven loop picot is complete.

Woven loop picot

Structure of stitch

Common uses

Embroidery Techniques

Identifying Woven loop picot

This picot is circular in shape and, unlike a loop picot, is solidly filled with woven threads.

References

Examples of Woven loop picot

19th century Danish whitework

This Hedebo embroidery piece dates from the end of the 19th century. Woven loop picots are used to embellish the woven bars.

Image courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Art

Accession number: 1928.191

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1928.191