Couching is a technique of attaching a length of thread, cording, yarn, or ribbon onto a flat embroidery surface by making even stitches at regular intervals. Couching stitches can be used for outlines, but also, for filling the patterns. Sometimes it’s also called laid work. The couching threads may be either the same color as the laid threads or contrasting color. When couching threads contrast with laid threads, patterns can be worked in the couching stitches.
You can fill the patterns with straight couched rows that are worked closely together (Bokhara couching) or make curvy shapes like flower petals, clouds or any shape that is needed for your design.
Interested to learn more filling stitches? Read the article “Hand embroidery Filling stitches – part 1” in my blog.
Watch video tutorial below to learn Couching stitch filling