Stitch of the Month
July 2001:
Couching

by Joni Stevenson


Couching is a surface embroidery stitch.  One thread is laid on top of the canvas and another thread is used to tack down the first thread, at even intervals.  Because the thread laid on the surface of the canvas may not lay straight, the tacking thread may not be entirely evenly spaced, though the best approximation to even spacing is best.

The easiest way to tack down the thread on top of the canvas is a single straight stitch.

Couching Stitch
Sample stitched by
Shirley Kahler

You may change the tacking stitch to make it more decorative.  Another way to create a more decorative stitch is to use a metallic thread for the tacking thread.

Couching Stitch
Sample stitched by
Shirley Kahler

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