Couching is a decorative applique stitch the secures thread to the front of your fabric. It requires two threads to create a dotted line affect. I love using the couching stitch to fill in spaces and it's also great for outlining too. Here's how we'll use the couching stitch in the Stained Glass Sampler embroidery pattern. Get the pattern here or join Pattern Club and stitch along with us.
Watch the video tutorial then check out the step-by-step tutorial below.
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.