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CHAPTER COUCHING

—TRENCH

VIII

KNOTS AND BULLION

STITCH "

When

she rode in coach abroad,

Couching

is

a pleasant

was always knotting thread."

and most useful method

of

applying threads, cords or braids to materials of various kinds. For filling in forms, circles, or squares it is equal to chain stitch,

and should be worked

similarly

all

forms, whether squares or curves, are better to be com-

menced from the outer edge and worked inwards, order to preserve the shape.

Special care

for the outlining of squares or angular

tendency

is

in

required

forms where the

to tighten the applied material, whether

is

threads or braids, in turning the corners. points the threads or braids should

lie

easily

At these and they

sewn down with closer stitchery. Couching is one of the simplest means of decorating velvet, a material always difficult of manipulation, and particularly so for the beginner, on account of the pile, which is apt to cause irregularity in the stitchery. should

be

firmly

Couching

(Figs. 21, 21a). This stitch is often frame it is easier to keep the material stretched when working diagonal lines or circles, where much of the stitchery comes on the cross of the material, it is advisable to do so. By means of couching, the embroideress may sharply define an outline, fill

worked

in a

;

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