TAST Stitch 9 – Couching

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It’s time for the three weekly check-in for the stitch-a-long I’m part of. We are all stitching and working on different projects, and it is a great way to encourage each other to get some of those ‘long winded’ WIPs finished!

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For my current SAL project, I’m working on finishing off my elephant I started as part of the TAST stitches run by Sharon over at Pintangle. I had hoped to be able to share with you a couple of stitches this time round. However, for whatever reason, I only have one, and it’s a nice easy one too!

TAST stitch 9 – Couching

This wasn’t really a ‘new to me’ stitch, but more one I could work out where to use on my elephant! A simple, yet elegant stitch. My Jacobean piece used quite a bit of couching, as did my more recent crewelwork piece.

To continue on with my ‘glamorous’ elephant, I decided I would incorporate both the pink, and the ‘bling’ theme with my couching. Using a DMC metallic thread, and an Oliver Twists cotton thread, I worked the couching stitch around my vandyke stitch and long legged detached chain stitch. I’m actually quite pleased with the overall effect this has created in these two areas.

So again, not a lot of progress on this piece, but one day  I suppose it will be ‘finished’. I have an end plan for this piece, so with that in mind I might actually get moving on it! Whilst sifting through the TAST stitches I found one I want to try and I think I’ve worked out where to put it!

Join the others!

Do make sure you head over and see what everyone else has been up to! There is always so much to see, and is a great and lovely time catching up with everyone.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Susan, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, LindaMary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie, Jackie

See you in three weeks for the next SAL update.

38 Comments

  1. Liz Joyner

    Hi Catherine
    Love the blog. May I ask .. how are the little pink flowers done? Are those beads in the centre?
    Liz J

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Liz for your kind words and for taking the time to read and comment.
      The little pink flowers are stitched in a stitch called long legged detached chain. (You can read more about that stitch here: https://hillviewembroidery.com/tast-stitch-30-long-legged-detached-chain-stitch/)
      The centres are finished with a starry sequin. I found it in my ‘stash’. I have no idea what I originally intended them for (Christmas ornament perhaps?), but I liked the way they finished the flowers!

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      • Liz Joyner

        Really helpful Catherine. Thanks. In the UK, I’ve found lots of lovely shaped sequins online at JosyRose

      • Catherine

        Thanks for the information about JosyRose. I’ve just had a look at their website and feel I could get lost for a while there! So many beautiful things there! I can’t believe I’ve not come across them before. Thank you!

  2. Margaret Creek

    I think it’s going to be a very elegant elephant! Beautiful stitching 🙂

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Margaret!

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  3. Bella

    The colours in that variegated thread are just yummy – gorgeous combinations – this is going to be an awesome piece when it’s finished

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Bella! It’s a gorgeous thread that one, I’m just sorry I’ve used it all now!

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  4. Robin

    Very pretty!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Robin 😊

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  5. Rachel

    It’s always good to see how a variegated thread highlights the elements of the stitch…

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    • Catherine

      I tend to shy away from variegated threads as you lose control of the colour placement. But they certainly work in some situations!

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  6. Kathy Reeves

    I really like the plain couching over the metallic thread. The use of opposites in bling just makes it…more! This guy is starting to really take shape, looking forward to the next stitch you have chosen to highlight!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Kathy. I was quite pleased with the result. So simple yet so effective!

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  7. wybrow1966

    Loving the progress on this piece.

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    • Catherine

      Thank you 😊

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  8. Avis

    I do enjoy seeing all of the different stitches you use on your projects. Very effective!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Avis. A bit of fun 😊

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  9. Ginny

    Very interesting stitching. I love the little stars in the center of the flowers. Very nice.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Ginny. I love a bit of bling!

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  10. Linda

    Great progress. Your elephant is turning out beautifully

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Linda

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  11. Christina

    Beautiful progress and I love the bling 🙂

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Christina – a bit of bling is always good!

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  12. Kate Chiconi

    This is going to be the world’s most elegant elephant, and a really pretty and imaginative way to showcase your stitches. Lovely work!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Kate. It’s quite a fun little project!

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  13. Gun Adrian

    Love the way you are using the different stitches!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Gun!

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  14. Claire

    this is looking gorgeous! So many different techniques coming together.

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    • Catherine

      Yes it’s quite interesting working and playing with them to try and get them to work together

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  15. Connie

    The couching on those stitches looks really nice. Your elephant will truly be a beautiful piece when finished – I am (always) looking forward to the next installment.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Connie. I was a bit worried the randomness of the stitches used would give an odd look, but I think it will be ok with some carefully considered stitches next!

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  16. Teresa

    You always make the prettiest things. I love the flowers. Thank you for sharing at The Really crafty Link Party this week. pinned!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks so much Teresa! That’s very sweet of you

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  17. Julie

    Such beautiful stitching, your elephant will be amazing when it’s done. No rush, slow and steady wins the day!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Julie. This is definitely a slow and steady piece! Little by little it is coming together!

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  18. Super Mom - No Cape!

    I clicked back to your previous Elephant posts and couching was the perfect stitch to add to those areas

    Often having a final plan for a piece gives us the push we need to really get working on it. I’m looking forward to finding out what you plan is.

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week’s Stitchery Link Party. Aloha hugs!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Sue! I’m just working on it again now and think there are several other areas where couching will finish it off nicely. And it’s fun to be able to add that bling in without needing to actually stitch with metallic threads!

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