Couching is technique where fibers are laid across the surface of a textile and attached with small stitches. The fibers can be yarns or strips of fabric. Attaching can be with either hand stitches or embroidery, or with a machine stitch. Generally couching on a sewing machine uses a special foot.

The couching thread can be the same color as the fiber being laid down, or a contrasting color. Couching can add design and texture to a textile piece.

Browse through these projects and inspiration that include couching as a surface design.

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