If you make one long stitch, then hold it in place with some tiny stitches, that's called couching. It's a versatile technique. I've gotten much better with practice in holding the long stitch perfectly straight and making the tiny stitches practically disappear, which is a good way to "draw" lines.
You can also give yourself plenty of slack on the long stitch so that you can make it curve as you couch it down. I also use it for small curved letters.
A variant of couching: hold down a whole bundle of straight stitches with longer, more visible stitches.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Embroidery tutorial 3 -- couched stitches
Posted by Kathleen Loomis at 6:35 AM
Labels: daily art, hand stitching
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Thank you for the tutorial. I had forgotten that couching had roots in embroidery instead of with a special foot on the sewing machine. I like the letters and the hay bales.ReplyDelete
Rumanian stitch is a crouching stitch that uses the same thread foor the base and the threads holding it down, it's usually done in blocks, but while reading your post I started wondering how it would work to make shapes....ReplyDelete
Margaret -- I tried Rumanian stitch a couple of weeks ago after reading about it in a book, but can't say I did enough of it to fall in love. I think it's hard to internalize new stitches -- you're focused on following directions and making a sample that looks like the one in the book, not on getting to know the stitch and how it feels.ReplyDelete