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How to Couch – embroidery video

How to Couch - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Want to learn the basics of hand embroidery with an easy online workshop – totally free?

Sign up for Embroidery 101 here. You’ll learn how to get started, the tools and supplies you’ll need, the four most basic stitches, how to transfer your pattern and how to display your work.

If you already know the basics – sign up for Embroidery 201. It’s also free! You’ll learn how to stitch on specialty fabrics like felt and stretchy T-shirts. Plus you’ll learn lots and lots and LOTS more stitches – all my favorites!

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.



  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.