Friday, 2 March 2018

Friday Homework for Lesson 52: Underside Couching

At first it was hard to work the Underside Couching on the orange plain weave, but then I changed to a really thick needle that made large holes in the fabric. Large enough to let the thick thread duck under the surface. After that it was easy-peasy - but time consuming.


I also worked the Aida sampler

and the Sunday Stitch School reference chart.



12 comments:

  1. Well done, it's looking good, and I'm sure you will find good uses for the stitches!

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    1. I have a lot of fancy thread that can be used with this stitch.

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  2. I've done normal couching, but I've never tried this version. I can see it will be a useful stitch to learn.

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  3. So a larger needle made the stitch easier, that's good to know.
    And your leaf is probably thick with threads on top and bottom.
    Nice.

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    1. A really thick needle is 'the key to my success'!

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  4. It looks great on the orange.

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    1. It makes a nice filling stitch, but boy, it takes time!

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  5. Aha! You are certainly testing the stitches. Great work on your orange piece!
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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    1. I used a variegated thread and got this marbled and encrusted look. A great stitch, but you need time to fill in even smaller areas!

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  6. That looks really good.
    I have just been reading about this stitch in my new book "English Medieval Embroidery " Opus Anglicanum. They really got carried away with this stitch back then and there are wonderful images of the use of this stitch in the book. It has a lot of uses I hadn't even thought about.

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    1. It makes a nice Back Stitch look. One reader pointed out that it made the vestments and other garments hang better and let the wearer move more freely.

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