January 6, 2012
January Stitchalong: Couching 101
Step 1: Trace your letter onto paper, cut out, and place on your felt
Step 2: Loop your yarn to form the first part of your "h"
I chose a chunky weight yarn, but experiment with whatever yarn you have on hand. Every yarn has a different "drape" so try a few and see what you like!
Step 3: Add a few stitches to keep your yarn in place, and trim (I made my "h" with 2 pieces of yarn)
Step 4: Lay down the second piece of yarn, add a few stitches to keep it in place, and trim
Step 5: Use sharp scissors to clip into the paper carefully (without clipping your yarn!) :)
Step 6: Tug the paper out very carefully
This is the trickiest step - don't panic if your stitches come loose - just have your needle ready to re-stitch as necessary.
Step 7: Briefly admire your work :)
I'm not kidding! It looks pretty nice so far, eh? :) I kind of liked it as is, but I added more stitches just in case...
Step 8: Add remaining stitches
Stitch as much or as little as you like. Also, experiment with thread color vs. yarn color - I chose a combo that would show up nice and contrast-y for these pics. :) My advice in terms of color (since I am usually stumped) is keep it simple - I used three shades of felt I had on hand and 1 shade of floss.
One down, 4 to go! :)
For all of you who are just now tuning in - welcome to the January Stitchalong! Last week I shared a free template with you that has a nice script alphabet, two template shapes, and ideas for a banner layout:
From your comments, you guys are interested in a range of things, so feel free to experiment with couching, use the banner templates, use just the alphabet, or whatever you like!
To join in, just add your photo to the embroidery group and tag it "JanStitchalong"!
Some of you joined in right away - I love tamaratamara's elegant take on this stitchalong!
kghawkes, for your first try at couching!!!
So, what do you say? I think we need to see some more stitching! :) I'll be back soon with more updates!!!
Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on Instagram and my blog. My vintage transfer collection is on Vintage Transfer Finds.
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