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Woolgathering: Couching

Woolgathering - Couching

1. Couch Work, 2. Fuego, detalle, 3. Embroidery Couching, 4. Labyrinth – couching done, 5. Stitch sample., 6. The coils of couching, 7. Sewing String (couching), 8. couching, couching, couching, 9. 3 sampler couching detail 2

As I mentioned yesterday, I have two projects floating around in my head now – the first will be all in chain stitch, the second all couching. I just tried counching for the first time last week – fun fun fun! About halfway through my first try, I was already trying to think of a project I could do entirely in couching. It took a while, but if finally occurred to me to combine that idea with another that I’ve been mulling over since last summer-ish. The two together will be perfect match. Surfing Flickr for these pictures gave me one last idea to apply to this project, something else I’ve wanted to do for a while, so it’s now almost all planned out. I love it when a plan comes together. I really really really hope I can finish something off soon to free up a little crafting time for this one!

In the meantime, admire the lovely and interesting ways these embroiderers have played with couching in their own works!

Woolgathering: Chain Stitch

Woolgathering - Chain Stitch

1. Chain stitch B, 2. L.O.V.E, 3. WIP: Life Begins Now (Detail), 4. Embroidery on a toy lizard WIP #2, 5. 115.366 | special easter dish towel message, 6. Intertwined: up close, 7. chain stitch leaf, 8. Band sampler: Chain stitch (closeup), 9. Some more chain stitch, 10. blue button, 11. Chain stitch detail, 12. Angel Bunny’s Halo close-up, 13. How to Self Cover a Button 19, 14. Stitch explorer March, 15. Detached chain stitch, 16. Floral Sampler – Stem Detail

So how do the rest of you crafty types keep blogging when you’re in the middle of a project with no progress to show yet, and have nothing but ideas to discuss otherwise? I’m working on some flowers from the antique Austrian craft magazines I showed you the other day (wee free embroidery pattern there if you missed it!) but there’s not enough progress to make it interesting or enticing yet. Other than that, I have these two ideas I’m dying to get started on, but no time yet to do so – both completely in one stitch alone. One will be done in chain stitch and since I haven’t worked out the details yet, it could be a while before I can show it off. In the meantime, here’s some examples of beautiful chain stitch by some very talented Flickr embroiderers. I’m in love with this stitch right now, I can’t get enough!

Stitched series: Embroidered Blues

Stitched series: Embroidered Blues

I’ve been playing with a lot of embroidery lately, exploring random little ideas and notions just to see what will happen, and something big has occurred to me. I’ve always enjoyed embroidery, there’s very little that I find as relaxing to do and I love the way embroidered images look. But I’ve realized lately that what I really love is the stitches themselves, whether they’re illustrating something or just speaking for themselves.

So as a way to let stitches shine on their own, this little series was done with some pearl cotton thread from my Christmas charity shop win and a few stitches picked out from my favorite stitch dictionary.

Stitched series: Embroidered Blues
Stitched series: Embroidered Blues

I can’t say that I had an explainable reason for using these particular stitches, I just knew when I tested them that they were the right combination. I did go for stitches that would have a nice, visible texture in the pearl cotton – I love the look and feel that differences in texture give a piece of stitchery.

Stitched series: Embroidered Blues
Stitched series: Embroidered Blues

I’ve got some other similar ideas floating around that I’ll probably share with you with soon enough. I have no idea what will come of this experimentation in the long run; for now, I’m just trying stuff out to see what happens, I suppose.

Stitched series: Embroidered Blues
Stitched series: Embroidered Blues

As anyone who’s even scanned this blog will know, I’ve enjoyed pretty much every area of crafting and creating that I’ve tried, but I’m slowly starting to focus in on embroidery as something to explore, while knitting and sewing are more for making practical items and much-appreciated relaxation. So I’ll just go with this for now and see where it takes me!

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