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More Couched Fillings for the Beyond TAST Embroidery Challenge

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After working my last couched fillings sampler for the Beyond TAST embroidery challenge, I couldn’t resist the urge to push the idea a little further. Whilst traditional couched fillings are lovely, they aren’t a style of stitch I would use on most projects.

Presenting my “slightly more ‘me'” couched fillings sampler.

Couched filling embroidery sampler, stitched by Sarah Bradberry of

These stitches are worked on quite a large scale using needlepoint and knitting wools as the couched threads. As you can see, I tend to like large graphic elements rather than small, tidy fillings, although I would probably work these in a range of different scales on an actual project.

I tried techniques including (clockwise from top left):

  • couching a double strand of yarn and separating in to make diamonds and circles, some of which I filled with a satin stitch shape.
  • Bayeux stitch.
  • Brown wool couched down with fly stitch.
  • Pink wool couched with random straight stitches.
  • A version of plaited filling.
  • Couched concentric circles, inspired by a comment made by Rebecca Ringquist in her most recent CreativeBug Daily Embroidery Challenge, The Drawing Stitches Sampler.*
  • Couched spirals in square and circle shapes, and finally
  • A leaf with green needlepoint wool couched down with straight stitches in an offset brick pattern.

Of course now that I have said these fillings are more my style, I’ll probably go and stitch something huge using both!

I have a lot of embroidery posts to catch up on this week, so stay tuned for more!


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