Thursday, February 8, 2024

Couching Stitch (Embroidery Tutorial)

The couching stitch is one of the easiest embroidery stitches. 

One thread is laid out on the fabric. Another thread (the same color, or a contrasting color) is used to tack it down in place.

There are a few different names for the couching stitch. They include laid thread, Kloster stitch and convent stitch.


couching stitch

This couching stitch tutorial is part of the heart sampler stitch along.  This is the very last stitch of the stitch along. 

If you're new to hand embroidery, feel free to jump in.

Begin by learning how to transfer embroidery patterns

Then learn the following line stitches:

Next, we'll learn how to finish off our embroidery project.



The couching stitch is best used for straight lines. It can be used on curves, but you'll have to hold the main thread in place where you want it as you are sewing the small stitches.

It is a simple stitch traditionally used with metallic thread, but has many applications.

This tutorial will teach you the basic couching stitch. Play around with different types of thread in a variety of colors to create unique looks.

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collage of the couching stitch
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Check out the video tutorial

Generally, the base of the couching stitch is a thick thread. A small, finer thread is usually used to create the couching stitches.

However, in this pattern, I am using all 6 strands of embroidery floss for both the base thread and the tacking stitches.

collage of images depicting the couching stitch

     Begin with your foundation thread. Bring your needle up at one end of the line and put it down on the other end of the line. This will create a long line of embroidery thread on the surface of the fabric.
    Note: I tied the thread to an adjacent line of stitching to secure the thread on the back of the fabric.
    couching stitch

    Next with a second thread (I used a contrasting thread), add small straight stitches at regular intervals over the top of the base thread.
how to do the couching stitch

Want to watch the video?  ↓↓Click the link ↓↓


  • satin stitch
  • lazy daisy stitch
  • french knots

Don't forget to pin it!!
collage of the couching stitch

collage of the couching stitch

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