Take a Stitch Tuesday


couching sample 5

The next stitch on the challenge list is Couching which is an easy quick technique. There is tutorial on how to do couching here.  You can use it to couch metallic threads, novelty fibres and thicker threads to an embroidered piece in the process  building up rich complex decorative surfaces. You can use it  in a freeform manner as I have done above or build up more regular grid like patterns as in laidwork.

In the sample above I couched a blue chenille yarn and novelty knitting yarn to a foundation fabric that is hand painted. I then covered it with textured embroidery and beads.

The sample below is a pattern build up by couch a grid of thicker navy blue thread thread to a background of hand painted fabric, before adding a pattern of cross stitches, detached chain stitches and bugle beads.

Couching sample

How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced push this stitch in creative manner and share with beginners what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the  Couching stitch page  page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can click through and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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6 Responses to Take a Stitch Tuesday

  1. LeiLani Frederickson says:

    Beautiful work! I don’t know how to get pictures on the web or Facebook, but will try to find out asap!

  2. Mary-Anne Plousos says:

    re your newsletter

    I have tried to sign up 4 times but never get the email so I can confirm. It is not going to junk mail, I have checked.
    Think your take a stitch Tuesdays is a great idea!


    • sharonb says:

      Hi Mary-Anne I have just sent you an email to let you know that I have contacted Aweber (the people who provide this service) to find out what I can do to add you manually and how I can help

  3. Janie says:

    Gorgeous work, Sharon, such an effective stitch, so versatile.
    Super tutorial, as always. Thanks so much!

  4. Lisa says:

    Re: the 1st sample – The beadwork is so well integrated with the rampant flood of textural work. Couching is one of my favorite stitch solvers and your free form, almost sculptural use of it really heightens the tactile interest, or allure, in my case!

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