9. Couching

Couching is not a stitch but rather a method  or technique. You can use whatever stitch you like to Couch down almost anything. It’s much fun and there are very few limits.

On my “Paradise Flower” cloth I started by couching down little bits of tangeled threads, cut off when fastening threads on the back side of the embroidery. The flower is then surrounded by an outline of Chain stitch.

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Then I tried various ways of couching as you can see in the pictures below.

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Last time I participated in TAST I made some denim swatches.

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Bayeux Stitch

Last time I participated in TAST I made some denim swatches:

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Bokhara couchingimage

Roman couching
imageCouching with Cross stitches.
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Applique fastened with couched edges. I used small pieces of sweatshirt fabric.
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During my embroidery class at HV-School, we did couching inspired by autumn leaves.

1. Tangled flax thread on denim.
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2. Couched leaves on knitting, all in wool with plant dyed yarn.

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3. And finally a small swatch with goldwork embroidery.

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Links

How to do Couching Stitch


Highlights week 9
Roman Stitching
Romanien Couching, YouTube

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2 comments

  1. I like your artwork much…and your instructions too…it is so clear and didatic
    Thank you

    • Thank you Regina. I like the idea of one stitch a week and I learn a lot from everyone who publishes their work, from practicing and writing from about it.