Couching stitch is made using a very simple embroidery technique
– A thread is first laid on the fabric.
– Next a set of short straight stitches tie /fasten the laid thread to the fabric.
This is more of an embroidery technique than an embroidery stitch. Couching can be done in many many different ways to create beautiful borders and filling patterns. So don’t underestimate this stitch based on its simplicity.
Some of the popular couching stitch methods are
- Bokhara couching
- Roumanian couching
- Laid work
- Underside couching
The following is the simplest couching stitch. The laid stitch can be thin or thick.
Short straight stitches are used to tie / fasten the laid thread to the fabric. The straight stitches can be done with a contrasting color or same color. They can also be perpendicular or slanting.
This is how basic couching is done.
Couching is used as a filling stitch in the next demo. Here cross stitch is used to tie the laid thread.
This stitch can fill large spaces quickly.
First a grid is stitched with long straight stitches.
The next example is not exactly my favorite as it takes too much time and thread. I prefer stitches that are airy and lacy and more intricate. So this won’t be my stitch of choice if I have to fill a large area. But this can be used in small areas where a puffed up appearance is required, say for example the dark central part of a sunflower.
A layer of satin stitch is done first. Then a crisscross grid is stitched using straight stitches.
Short stitches (preferably in contrast color thread) are used to tie the grid to the fabric.
Lets create a more intricate pattern with couching stitch.
This is a filling stitch. Lay down intersecting straight stitches like shown below.
Squares are ready.
Now lay down diagonal straight stitches in both directions.
In the middle of the squares, you will be able to see the diagonal stitches intersect. Tie them to the fabric using short stitches.
You can also embellish by weaving these purple flowers.
They can be scattered or close.
Finished look. So what did I say about underestimating couching stitch based on its simplicity? 😀