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Thread: Has anyone ever tried couching?

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    Senior Member Aquarius's Avatar
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    Has anyone ever tried couching?

    In the new McCalls magazine, they showed how to take a piece of yarn, cord or decorative thread and quilt over it with a zizzag stitch. You can use it to add decorative stitching to your quilt. It looks very interesting. I was just wondering if anyone on the board has tried it and how did it look. I'd like to try it but am always afraid of trying something different. Just wondering. Thanksą

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    I tried it in a class many years ago...somewhere I have the samples I made...never have applied it to a quilt, but did do some couching around the neckline of a jumper and it looked really good. Give it a try!!

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    I tried this as part of trying out all my feet on my new machine. The couching foot has little grooves to line up the decorative threads (up to 3) and makes it really easy. It was fun and I liked the effect. I used the sample piece to make a tote bag.
    Chiara Kate

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    Good question...I am also curious ... will wait for replies.

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    Couching is a fun technique. I added threads/yarns to tote bags, cushions and journal covers, wall hangings. I have used the zig zag stitch as well as decorative stitches.

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    I have tried that. I made a sweatshirt jacket and did the couching an inch above the end of the arms. Looked cute and country.

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    I did a lot of couching with counted cross stitch and embroidery, but haven't yet had an opportunity with a quilt.
    Diana

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    I just completed my 2nd Argyle pattern quilt for my DGDs for christmas. I applied yarn on the first quilt but when I was done noticed the quilt had puckered some from stretching the yarn as I was sewing. Next quilt I used cotton yarn (in the balls) and had much better results. Just be sure you set your width - not too wide. Have fun!

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    I took a class from Karen Linduska, she showed us how to use different yarns, felt, and different decorative stitches on our machines. It was so much fun and I have used the technique on small quilts and love it

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    I did it on a denm quilt made for my son. I drew large designs with chalk like a foot print, star etc. Then used red yarn and red thread zigzagged over the designs. This was probably 25 years ago and the quilt is now in the possession of our grandson at college. The designs are still there and look good. Try laying the thread on the quilt in the design that you are thinking of and step back and look at it.

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