Sunday, 29 July 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 70: Puffy Couching

Couching down thread is a technique rather than a stitch, but there are different ways to do it.
Today we are looking at something called Puffy Couching, a method I found in A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2.
Updated: French name: Couchure fantaisie "puffy"

You need either some thick woolen yarn or a hank of threads, folded in half and anchored down.

You then start couching with tight stitches.

Then lift up the hank of threads with the needle before you make the next couching stitch.

Continue until you have a bumpy line of couching.
You can vary the height and length of each bump, or keep them even.

This might be a challenge on the Aida, but do your best.


Lyn Warner said...

How do you come up with all these unusual stitches!? It looks like a very pretty stitch.

Pamela said...

Interesting! I look forward to seeing what you do with this one!

Rachel said...

This allows you to vary the texture of your line quite considerably, by changing the amount of "puff" or the length of the spaces. Or both!

Queeniepatch said...

I think this is a very useful stitch for plants, worms or insects. In the A-Z2 dictionary they used it for the body of a dragonfly.

Queeniepatch said...

Apart from what I can do on the scribble cloth, I think this could be good for the hair on a stumpwork portrait.

Queeniepatch said...

Ha, ha! I started this Sunday Stitch School project because I wanted to make use of my many embroidery books and stitch dictionaries. I have found most stitches in them, or on Pinterest, or on other blogs. There are so many stitches out there. Yes, it is a nice stitch, isn't it? said...

Another one that I haven't tried. It reminds me of a caterpillar.

Queeniepatch said...

Various threads will give various results, but also the tension and how close you put the couching stitches.
Personally I love the look of it.

crazyQstitcher said...

I like it very much and your ideas too. Maybe even waves could be made.

Janie said...

I like your puffy couching stitch, what fun.
I also look forward to seeing how you'll use it.

Anonymous said...

j'ai trouvé dans un seul livre le nom de ce point en français :
- Couchure fantaisie "puffy"

Queeniepatch said...

I found in a single book the name of this point in French:
- Fantasy couch "puffy"

Thank you, Mattia.

FlashinScissors said...

Oooh! Puffy couching would make great hair ..... super idea!
Gosh, your samples are looking very pretty!
Barbara x