The focus this month in the Alison Glass Stitch Club was couching, which is all about laying thread on top of the fabric. Originally developed so all of a precious thread would be seen, rather than stitched partly under the fabric, couching is now used for all sorts of thread and yarn.
I have to say, I am not a fan! It just doesn’t appeal, but the beauty of this Club is that Alison finds so many different versions of a stitch, there is bound to be one for everyone. And I found two – Asagao, which is a Japanese weaving stitch, and embroidered daisies.
Asagao is made by first stitching a grid of cross stitches. I used the plastic templates from The Geometry of Hand Sewing by Natalie Chanin to mark out the grid. Then thread is woven between these stitches. I used a varigated Aurifil 12 weight and think the finished result is so pretty.
I sewed the embroidered panel into a pouch, as a gift for my eldest nephew’s fiance.
For the daisies, I had a pack of Paint Box Threads in Vintage, from Beyond Measure. It’s a gorgeous mix, with my favourite chartreuse giving a pop of colour. I’m not sure what the plan is for this one – I’ll just keep stitching it!