Saturday, September 22, 2012

100 Stitches -Bokhara Couching Stitch

Time for another exciting 100 Stitches post! The next stitch is the Bokhara Couching Stitch.  According to 100 Stitches, this is a nice ornamental stitch that could be used for filling in shapes.  I think it is a beautiful stitch:


Before I tried filling in a shape with this stitch, I practiced stitching it between two parallel guidelines.  I spaced mine 1/2" apart:




The first step is to come up through the fabric on the top or left side guideline


Pull the floss all the way through and then go back into the fabric on the bottom or right side guideline.  Notice that the working floss is above or to the right of the needle:


Go into the fabric and come back out of the fabric about 1/3 the distance between the two guidelines:


Start pulling the floss through - notice the working floss is on top or to the right of the needle:


Pull all the way through - this creates a straight stitch:


Now bring the needle around and go into the fabric above or to the right of the straight stitch that was just created.  Go into the fabric about 1/2 the distance between the two guidelines and come back out of the fabric on the top or left side guideline:


Start pulling the floss through:


Pull all the way through and this creates the first couching stitch that holds the straight stitch down flat in place:


Bring your needle back to the bottom or left side guideline and go into the fabric - just like the first step of this stitch.  Notice the working thread is above or to the right of the needle.  Go into the fabric on the guideline:


and come out of the fabric 1/3 the distance between the guidelines:


Pull all the way through creating the second straight stitch:


Just like before, go back into the fabric 1/2 the distance between the guidelines.  Notice the needle is going between the two straight stitches:


and out of the fabric on the top or left side guideline:


Pull ll the way through:


and start over again:


Just continue these steps:


Until you are done:


Here is a look at the underside of the stitch:


Isn't this a beautiful stitch?  I really think it looks great in this floss - dmc pearl cotton color variations #4240 - {one of my favorites}!


In the 100 Stitches demonstration, they showed this stitch filling a leaf shape.  Because the leaf was narrow at each end and wide in the center, they made three couching stitches across the straight stitches at the widest part of the leaf.  It looks really good so I am going to try that next!

This Bokhara Couching Stitch is #69 and is in the Couching and Filling Stitches section of 100 Stitches.


13 comments:

Kashmira Patel said...

Wow! This is beautiful!

LindaSchiffer said...

I love your stitch posts. :) This one is especially timely for me - I have a bird perch to embroider and I think it will look very nice done up in this stitch.

:) Linda

big B said...

Hi Kashmira - Thank you!
Linda - Thanks! I am glad you like these. Yes I think this will work for a bird perch too - I would love to hear how it turns out!

Denise :) said...

This is a really pretty stitch -- I love the wavy look of it! :)

Lea said...

Nice stitch idea. Your tutorial through photos is impressive :)

JennyPennyPoppy said...

You're right, this is a very nice looking stitch! Great photos and explanation once again.

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big B said...

Denise - Thank you!
:) Thank you Lea
Thank you Jenny!
Papgena - Thank you so much!!!

LUNA said...

Thank you for this lesson stitch.

big B said...

Hi Luna - You are welcome! These are really fun for me to do - I really learn the stitches by documenting my process.

Bits of Stitching! said...

What a lovely filling stitch, so many possibilities! The variegated thread is perfect for this stitch. Thanks for the tutorial!

big B said...

:) Thank you Monika! I just love the variegated thread

Sara said...

This is really nice stitch work. I love it :).