Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In a Twist

Motifs 51 and 52 have twisted picots. The technique is not quite as simple as I thought. Lesson one: twist the picot in the direction of the thread twist, not opposite to it.  Unraveled thread looks scruffy. Lesson two: don't make the picots too long or they become a twisty mess. The ones at the top (my third attempt) look better than the lower ones because they're a little shorter.


  1. Your motifs look really nice! I especially like the top one. I haven't tried twisted picots, not intentionally anyway! ;-)

    Enlarging the picture helped me see what you mean. Did the patterns call for twisted picots, or did you just want to see how they would look? It's a very interesting effect!

    I wouldn't have thought of needing to twist in the direction of the thread twist. I'll keep it in mind if I decide to try this technique.

    1. Yes, the patterns call for twisted picots.

  2. Not as easy as it sounds, but I think you have got it, the top motif looks good

  3. I think they both look great for learning the technique!! :)

  4. I can see why someone would want this technique but getting the length right would be trial and error as each thread behaves differently. Great little motifs

  5. In my beginning Needle Tatting trials I have somehow twisted my picots. Mine do not look good such as yours do. Lovely tatting you always create.