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How to Embroider the Couching Stitch

Texture Terrarium Stitch Along Day 13: Couching Stitch

We'll be using the couching stitch to outline our terrarium.

The Stitch:

The couching stitch is a decorative applique stitch that uses two threads to create a dotted line affect. One thread is used to create the line on the fabric and the other to tack it down onto to the fabric.

Watch the video below for how to embroider the couching stitch and scroll down for a step-by-step guide + information on how to join the Textural Terrarium Stitch Along with Pattern Club.

How To Video:

Step By Step Guide:

1. To start the couching stitch, bring the needle up from the back of your fabric to the front at the point where you want your couching stitch to start. Un-thread your needle, keeping the thread loose on the front of the fabric. This thread is called the working thread.

2. Rethread your needle with another thread. Bring the needle up, from the back of the fabric to the front, next to the working thread.

3. Make a short, perpendicular stitch from one side of the working thread to the other. This will tack down the working thread to the fabric.

4. Continue adding spaced out perpendicular stitches across the working thread until the working thread is firmly attached and fills in the space.

Want to join in the Textural Terrarium Stitch Along? During July 2021 you can join Pattern Club and stitch this design along with us for only $10! If clubs aren't your thing or it's not July, you can purchase the digital pattern here. Then follow along with each blog post to learn how to create each embroidery stitch used in this Textural Terrarium. You can also find more colorful and beginner-friendly embroidery patterns and kits in the MCreativeJ shop.


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