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Embroidery 101: How to Sew a Couching Stitch

Learn this basic hand embroidery technique.
Threads #186, Aug./Sept. 2016

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.

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About This Video Series

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. Click on the video links below that walk through making each of the stitches. For additional information and inspiration, see Yemenite Jewish hand embroidery by India Hayford in…

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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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