In embroidery the term couching refers to a laid work technique where a yarn (or sometimes thin strips of fabric, ribbon etc) is laid across the surface of the ground fabric and held in place with small stitches in toning or contrasting threads.
In all these cases the thicker thread was just laid on the surface of the fabric, and the ends left showing.
Carry on reading to see more of Jennie's work below.
Careful you don't draw blood...
...however you won't prick yourself on this thorn! Actually there's nothing more annoying when you are hand stitching and accidently catch your finger on the needle a get spots of blood on your work. Don't forget to use cold water to remove and not warm as that will set the stain!
(Yet) another super easy stitch (have I given you any other? ) which can be worked either straight or curved.
To make the stitch you first need to take one long stitch then bring the needle out just below the top , across the laid thread and back up to the opposite side to create a slanted stitch.
For the circle on the left I first lightly marked a circle and began couching one strand of thick thread from the outside in towards the centre. I stopped when I ran out of thread and decided I quite liked the doughnut look!
One strand was slow going and fiddly so for the next sample (on the right) I stared in the middle with a folded double thread, much faster. Also I found working from the centre out a bit quicker and easier.
Her latest challenge is to create a creature daily from the scraps left over from whatever she has made through the day as part of #100daysprojectscotland. You can see lots more of Jennie's work over on Instagram including her 100 days project creatures; she promised me a lion tamer would be coming soon!
But until then I'd like to thank you for joining me over these last weeks and months, it's been a funny old time with the world as we knew it turned upside down, separated from those we love, the daily rhythm of life unbalanced, hasn't it? But I hope that the blog has given you a spark of creative joy and you were able to take a moment to stop, slow down and make time to appreciate the smaller pleasures in life.
Terry will be back next week with the final paper blog and she's got a crafty and quick way to show you how to join together last week’s little books, so don't forget to join her then!
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