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Couching is a sewing technique where thread, fabric or yarn is attached to a piece of fabric. It's traditionally sewn by hand but a machine with a zig zag stitch can be used.

In this Instructable I share an easy way to do couching with yarn using a sewing machine.

I also provide additional information to make a simple and unique couched quilt.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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For the couching you need:
Fabric to sew the yarn to*
Yarn** 
Thread the same color as the yarn
Washable pen
Washable school glue
sewing machine

If you want to make the quilt project, you will also need:
Thin, cotton batting
Fabric for the back of the quilt
Spray quilt basting***

*I used an old bed sheet. Be sure to choose fabric without a bold pattern and with enough contrast with your yarn. Something light colored is probably best. Cotton fabric works well but I used a poly/cotton blend. Be sure to prewash.

**I found the yarn I used at a thrift store so I don't have information about it but I believe it is an acrylic and it is thicker than the usual, cheap craft yarn. I recommend a synthetic yarn so you can wash the project without worrying about shrinking. If anyone can tell from the photo the weight of the yarn I used please leave a comment!

***Spray quilt basting can be purchased at a fabric store. It works like spray glue but it washes out. This is a must because it would be a giant pain to baste this quilt well enough to do the couching.
Couching is a great craft in itself and you can make some wonderful ornaments with various threads and cords and gold tinsel thread. I once had a satin horse with the seams done in red cord stitched with gold threads. Very beautifully done. Even the tail was made of the red cord . Its also incorporated into tapestry style pictures. Thanks for inspiring us to try more crafts.
katgal4 years ago
Really love this effect, it reminds me of a 3d line drawing. Have you done any with colours placed inside the the spaces?
mdhaworth (author)  katgal4 years ago
katgal--thanks for the nice feedback. I am considering doing another one with color inside. I would applique the fabric shape to make the patch of color first and then do the couching around it. Have fun!
ChrysN4 years ago
Nice, I'm just staring on a quilted wall hanging this technique will be a great addition. Thanks for posting.