March 11, 2012

Couching from Hanging-by-a-thread

Embroidered sailor girl WIP
Embroidered sailor girl WIP by Hanging-by-a-thread

After January and February's couching inspired stitchalongs, I thought I'd post today some examples of exactly how far you can take the technique. Charlotte (Hanging-by-a-thread) is a student at the Royal School of Needlework (which has to be one of the most amazing places to study) and she has been posting some of her couching WIPs on Flickr. As always, I love WIP shots, as I think it gives you far more of an idea about the technique involved (it's inspiring for a start, to see how Charlotte has drawn her pattern onto the fabric).

skull tattoo WIP
skull tattoo WIP by Hanging-by-a-thread

I also love her couched swallows.

couched swallow tattoo
Couched swallow tattoo by Hanging-by-a-thread

You can see more of Charlotte's couching work here, where she talks about her experiments with lettering.


  1. Wow this is amazing! *adds Royal School of Needlework to 'list of fantasy schools to go to' *

  2. This really is a great view into the technique! I especially enjoy seeing the preparatory drawings underneath.

  3. Oh my gosh, those are amazing. I may have to try this... :)

  4. Thanks for putting this up, feeling stitchy!

  5. Wow, those are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow, great tutorial. Not your grandmother's couching! Sew many possibilites....