Couching has kind of become my signature stitch in embroidery. I mentioned before that I love using Oliver Twists threads and many of them simply look better couched, whereas some really cannot be pulled through the fabric due to their delicate construction. But I also think couching allows you to create some beautiful shapes that are not broken up by individual stitches. This is also why I generally prefer stem stitch to backstitch for outlines, it creates a more fluid line. I also love that you can contrast or match the thinner thread with the thicker thread that is being couched down. In this sample I have completely filled the flowers and leaves by creating a kind of spiral shape within the individual petals. The threads in this sample are a mixture of silk, cotton and rayon, as well as a bit of the vintage linen thread which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.
The Perpetual Maker - Hannah Mansfield
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