Pistil Stitch is also known as the long french knot. If you know how to work a french knot, then you can easily make this stitch. The only difference between the two is that we would leave a little floss at the bottom like a stem then work the french knot. As you see the tutorial of both, you will understand the difference.
What you will need?
- Any fabric.
- Embroidery hoop, 15cm (6″) (Bigger if you are working on a larger design) ( You can purchase a set of 6 hoops from Amazon for your basic needs.)
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery thread (You can buy this pack of 36 shades of the DMC embroidery floss.)
How many strands of floss do you need for making the pistil stitch?
You can use all 6 strands of the floss. But if you are working on a finer design, then start with 1 strand of floss and increase the number of strands according to your design.
Step by Step Pictorial Process of making the long french knot
1. Start by bringing the thread from beneath the fabric. Pull the thread up and loop it around the thread couple of time.
2. Leaving a little thread at the end, take the needle to where you want to take it down at the desired distance.
3. Take the needle down and pull the thread down. Your pistil stitch is ready.
Tips for working the pistil stitch
- Knowing the french knot will help you in making this stitch easily.
- Hold the thread in your other hand while making the knot. It will help you to get the perfect knot.
What is this stitch used for?
- You can make beautiful designs with this stitch.
- Flowers, leaves can be filled using this long french knot.
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- Maidenhair stitch
- Wheatear Stitch
- Fern Stitch
- Cast On Stitch
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- Long and Short Stitch
- Trellis Stitch
- Blanket stitch
- satin stitch
- back stitch
Check out the video tutorial below
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