Also known as: Long french knot
This is a decorative stitch. We can also say it is a motif stitch which can be used for the purpose of making flower pistils or similar looking patterns. There is not much hassle in doing the pistil stitch and is just a variation of the french knot. I would say, pistil stitch is to french knot just the way long-tailed daisy is to lazy daisy! The only difference is a little longer tail.
It is good if you have the knowledge of French knot before beginning this stitch.
|Fig 1: Bring the needle out through the fabric, say, from point A. Place the needle near A to the point where you want to put in the needle.
Wrap the thread around the needle twice as shown.
|Fig 2: Keep the longer end of the thread pulled with the other hand, as you would while doing the french knot. This keeps the wrap securely held to the needle. Put the needle in through the other end, say point B. You will finish one pistil stitch.|
|Fig 3: This is how a small gathering of pistil stich will look like.|