Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Couching

Block project

Hello craftiness my old friend! How much I have missed you!
I continue to make progress on my latest little project which I am excited to say I am doing it all by hand. This has several benefits: it has the wonderful ability to be done anywhere, all I have to do is gather the bit I am working on and drag it along. (I think I need a little basket to keep everything together though.) I can stop and start very easily and even when I am not working on it I can see it tempting me and so I want to work on it more. It also isn't dragging me away from where I am, wishing I could just get down into the basement to do whatever. I can see that it is waiting patiently for me and will be ready whenever I am.
I have just finished the embroidery part of it using a type of stitch called couching. This is when you use one thread to hold another in place. I love it because you get a great look and very quick results. It is also very textural so it feels good to run your fingers over it and it is raised enough that it even casts a bit of a shadow that gives it more depth.
Anyway, I found out about couching when I bought the Embroidery Stitch Bible a while ago. I love going through it and looking for ideas and inspiration. I only really use needle work to decorate (as opposed to making a whole project that is embroidered) so I don't get a lot of practice. This book is nice and clear with a photo and/or diagram for every stitch. Yay for people who know lots about what ever they know about so you can tap in for the little bit you need!

Block project

4 comments:

Stephanie said...

Can't wait to see this finished!

kayla said...

The couching really does make a nice visual impact. I, too, want to see the finished project!

erica said...

Ooh, are you making soft blocks? I've thought a dozen times about trying to make some... I love the embroidery, whether or not I'm right. =)

anilia said...

Thanks ladies!