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.
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