I don't tend to use a lot of embellishment stitches in my jewelry, for the simple fact that I think too much embellishment can be overkill.
However, I have recently started using the picot edging in my projects to give a little extra pop of color around the edge of the piece.
The one-bead picot is my favorite, and I think it looks good without being too over-the-top.
To create a picot edge...
1. After you've finished your embroidered piece (or even a woven piece), string three beads onto your thread.
2. Pass through all layers of your embroidery, and back up through the third bead.
Doing this will cause the second bead to pop, causing the picot edging.
Now, one thing that I noticed is that the picot beads started to lie down and get scrunched together when I was creating the edging.
Dark Nebula Ring (Sold)
So, I kind of figured out a method to create a picot which kept this from happening.
If you'd like to see the video of my explanation, you can see it here.
(Sorry, I couldn't get it to embed!)
Here's a close-up of my Jungle Palm pendant using an 8-15-8 picot edging.
Modern Millie above uses an 8-11-8 picot edging,
while the Dark Nebula Ring uses an 11-15-11 edge.
I hope this information is useful to you, and that you like the cleaner results that you get using this method.
Oh, you can also try doing the picot edging on every other bead instead of every bead.
I like this also, because it's an even cleaner version of picot edging.
Here's an example of what that would look like:
I hope this information is helpful!
Enjoy your Monday!