TAST Week 9: Couching Stitch
For this week's TAST Stitch, I couched down a strand of green (color 320) size 8 DMC perle cotton floss with a single strand of DMC #320 floss to create a Christmas tree.
Through trial and error, I learned that the center of the tree pulled out of shape if I couched it down, so I only couched down the curvy turns on the outer edges with the floss.
Next, I attached gold Mill Hill Petite Glass Beads (#40557) with a single strand of DMC #676 floss. I was careful to bring my thread up on one side of the perle cotton tree and down on the other to couch it down. (I find myself drawn to these tiny beads. I love how delicate they look and I like that Mill Hill has a DMC conversion chart that tells which shade of DMC floss matches the beads I am using.I purchased these beads at Friendship Crossing last time we drove through Corvallis, Oregon. They are also available through Amazon.com. Note: I am not affiliated with the beads. If you go to Amazon through my blog and make a purchase, I do receive a small credit. Also note: these beads are generally cheaper on Amazon if purchased in a 3-pack.)
Looking through photos of past projects, I realized I generally use the couching stitch to create trees. A few examples are below.
The snowy tree in the upper-left part of this Christmas stocking was couched down using various sizes of white perle cotton flosses and DMC metallic white floss following the Kathy Shaw's Easy, Breezy Trees Tutorial.
The spooky tree in the ornament I made for the Halloween Exchange hosted by Kim at Wisdom with Needle and Thread last year was created by couching down a couple of brown variegated shades of Boucle EdMar rayon flosses.
And, the leafy sections of the tree I added to the African themed snowball I made for Kathy S. were also couched down.
I also used the couching stitch (with clear nylon quilting thread) to couch down the metallic chain and the anchor charm on this block embellished for Sandy.
TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday. It is a personal stitching challenge offered by Sharon B. on Facebook and on her blog, pintangle.com. You may read more about it here. This week, the couched stitch was introduced. If you follow the TAST Facebook group, you know there are some incredibly inspiring examples of these stitches being shared. Thank you, Sharon, for offering TAST!
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