Let's start by looking at some of the beautiful versions of this design that people stitched last year....
|I love this pile-up from Davyse. I'm digging how she made that border.....|
|All of Grace Anna's samplers are meticulous- each letter is hand stitched!|
|Here's a cropped view of Sarah Stanfield's version. I love how each of her samplers has a different background.|
Couching is one of my favorite stitches because it can be done with so many different threads, yarns, ribbons, and wires. I'm sure that many of you are knitters- knitting yarn makes the thickest, most beautiful lines when they are couched down! I especially like using sock or fingering weight yarn. I'm no knitter, but my mom is, and she saves all those little remnants for me. I also like using thicker bulky yarns and other strings and things.
Generally couching is done with two needles, and for these thick yarns and cords, I recommend either a sharp tapestry needle or a chenille needle. HOWEVER- if your thread can't go through a needle, don't worry about it! Just lay it down on top of your fabric. Your stitches will secure it. If you need help getting started, check out the tutorial I wrote last summer for the etsy blog.
friendship bracelets..... It makes a nice stiff line when couched down.
*Please note that due to a printing error, if you are an ongoing subscriber, your sampler will ship out early next week. I am so sorry for the delay. I hope it will be worth the wait!