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Daily Archives: January 30, 2018


Adding couching to embroidery is like wearing an infinity scarf. It tends to be a focal point and draws attention to itself. It is easier to do if you happen to have a third hand, but even with two, don’t shy away from it. Couching is basically stitching a thread onto the surface of the fabric with small stitches and a finer thread. It is a great way to add texture, as you can use threads that would be too heavy for stitching on your base fabric directly and it is good for delicate and specialty threads like metallics. Goldwork is a type of embroidery that uses a lot of couching. Of course, it doesn’t have to be limited to metallics. ¬†Using different colours of thread can make really interesting effects.