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Embroidery 101: How to Sew a Couching Stitch

Learn this basic hand embroidery technique.

The couching stitch is useful for applying heavy or decorative threads that are too thick or textured to pass through a fabric’s weave. Threads seamstress Norma Bucko demonstrates this essential hand embroidery stitch: the couching stitch.

embroidery couching stitch

Author India Hayford explores Yemenite Jewish hand embroidery, combining simple stitches like the couching stitch to create complex designs, in Threads #186, Aug./Sept.  2016.

More Hand Embroidery Stitches

Check out these additional videos on embroidery stitching:

How to Sew a Fly Stitch

How to Sew a Blanket Stitch

How to Sew a Chainstitch

How to Sew a Web Stitch

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Hand embroidery is a traditional embellishment technique that is within the reach of any sewer. Watch to learn how to create the five basic embroidery stitches, chainstitch, fly stitch, blanket stitch, couching stitch, and web stitch. These five can be combined with each other to create decorative designs. Check out these additional videos on embroidery stitching: https://www.threadsmagazine.com/2008/10/29/video-manuels-free-motion-embroidery-technique In Threads #186, June/July 2016, author India Hayford explores Yemenite Jewish hand embroidery and shows how to combine simple stitches to…

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  1. laswa3 | | #1

    The link for blanket stitch comes up page not found.

  2. JoanGZ | | #2

    The article on Yemenite embroidery is actually in issue #186, AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2016.

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