This is one of the samples I did using the couching stitch.
The multi-color yarn is of varying widths.
It is hand-embroidered onto a piece of green, wool felt
using two strands of gold embroidery floss.
Victorian Embroidery and Crafts said that "Couching is an English corruption of the French word coucher, to lay. This form of embroidery is laid on the surface of the ground material instead of being sewed through."
On Wikipedia it says that, "Underside couching of metal thread was characteristic of earlier Opus Anglicanum in Medieval England and was also used historically in Sicily,....Italy, and France. Couching is also characteristic of Japanese metal-thread embroidery and Central Asian suzani work."
Wikipedia continued, "There is a strong tradition of couching stitch in Palestine. Production centered on Bethlehem and its two neighboring villages Beit Sahour and Beit Jalla [where it is] used for wedding dresses and formal wear."
This is another sampler I did using two types of yarns.
Each has its own unique texture and varying widths.
The background is hand-dyed wool felt.
As I'm doing for the year-long Take a Stitch Tuesday project, I put the samples I did of the couching stitch (which I enjoyed doing!) in my embroidery journal.
There's a personal reflection about what happened during the past week, a list of things for which I am grateful, the name of the stitch I learned this week, and an image that I thought was pretty. Nature always inspires me...calms me...and provides insight that seems to be needed at the time.