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How to Couch – embroidery video

How to Couch - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Couching is the process of using embroidery stitches to stitch a cord (or yarn or decorative thread) to the surface of your fabric.  It’s a fun way to add some nice dimension to your work and it can give you  a really unique effect.

Give it a try!

If you want to couch using your sewing machine – take a look at this video.

Here are all my lessons for outline embroidery stitches.

Return to the Learn to Embroider main Table of Contents.

Move on to the lessons teaching fill stitches.


  1. Great blog – I’ve learned a lot.

  2. I’m glad it’s been helpful!

  3. deb SAYS...

    question. What do you do to ends of cord-etc. to keep from fraying?
    Than you . I am so enjoying your videos on sewing and embrod. Your are a talented teacher.

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      I sometimes dip mine in Fray Check or a bit of clear nail polish. Some cords don’t seem to fray much at all and you can sating stitch a bit right over the end. You can also sometimes use an awl to spread a bit of a hole in the fabric – you can poke the end down into the hole. Do that last one with caution though – and test first on a scrap of fabric.

  4. Melisa Weekley SAYS...

    I would love to start and really get into embroidery. I start and then stop because it doesn’t turn out how I planned. I saw some actually draw on the fabric before even starting.

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