The work on this month’s Beyond TAST sampler started late because of my trip to India.
Laid work embroidery was on ‘to do’ list for a few years. This interest started with seeing some videos on youtube.
These few days I have been working these samples. The source of this sample is pinterest.
This simple laid work design seems to pop out quite often.
This laid work pattern was taken from A-Z crewel embroidery book.
This couching worked on surface satin stitch was also taken from A-Z crewel embroidery.
I need to practice this embroidery well before venturing into new ideas. May be a few more designs can be worked during this last week of this challenge.


This stitch sampler was worked a few days ago. The working of the stitch on Queenie’s blog. The laid thread was beige, thickness similar to wool, which was bought on our trip to London. The couching thread was variegated orange from China similar to perle #8.
It was an easy stitch, which I enjoyed working. The basic thorn stitch was worked on the first sample. the legs were extended in the second sample. The third sample was worked alternating the first and second row.
The first sample in this part of the sampler was made by working couching stitches very close to each other. The same idea is followed to form a stitch repeat in the second sample.
The first sample has legs extending on both sides alternatively. The stitches are facing each other in the last sample.
The whole sampler. These threads were easy to work with. Possibilities of working more variations of this stitch and when combined with other stitches – makes thorn stitch a great decorative stitch.
SSS.41.Thorn stitch sampler

With these attempts I am completing this trial of Kashmiri couching. As suggested by another member of TAST , I’ll have to approach this stitch in other ways too. Initially, this couching should be done on drawn pattern and not lines, this will help to practice this stitch, later , after mastering the technique, it will be easier. I want to continue this learning process, but will do so at a later date.
12-in this motif, three circles are worked in couching stitch with three twists added in between.

9.cou st-12

13-I tried the same twisted couching in this shape.

9.cou st-13

14-small paisley worked in circular couching in the centre and single twist couching around it.

9.cou st-14

Though I haven’t done as much as required for this Kashmiri couching, starting this gave me some satisfaction. I can continue, where this was left, at a later date.

Thanks Diane, for your wonderful suggestion, it has helped in reducing my anxiety .
Today also I tried working on this Kashmiri couching stitch. The art of twisting the thread still keeps eluding me. Just have to keep working on it.
8- I tried alternating three twists with single twist of the thread in this row.

9.COU ST-8

9- top row worked in single twist couching and the bottom is worked with two twists. Need lots of practice.

9.cou st-9

10- the centre was worked in large spiral couching, around it some small spirals.

9.cou st-10

11- after working a spiral couching in the centre, couching with a single twist was worked around the centre. They are worked in a line to form a border.

9.cou st-11

I might try working this couching technique for fillers, tomorrow

After the trials of the couching stitch yesterday, an idea of working this stitch as spirals came to mind. This is not my original idea. This couching stitch is used widely in Kashmiri embroidery. A thick skein of thread or wool is couched on to the fabric with a same colour thread. It is done in mono colour. Spirals form the basic pattern. I had not tried this before, thought , for this week ‘s stitch, I’ll try to work this stitch.
2- A. I tried zig zag couching in this row.
b. I started with the first row of spirals. Both these rows are worked on wool.

9.cou st-2

3-a. drew a straight line and tried two spirals together in this row[ not satisfied again!]
b. tried different spirals by couching, [ this experiment is ok]

9.cou st-3

4-in this row continuous spirals were worked in a line.

9.cou st-4

5- a row of long spirals are worked in this row.

9.cou st-6

6-I tried alternating the previous two rows.

9.cou st-6

7-I tried working three spirals together in this row [ either, I need loads of practice or I am not doing this right]

9.cou st-7

Quite frustrated to see the effects, though!

This week’s TAST 2012 challenge stitch is couching. I have used couching very sparingly on my embroideries. Whenever there was thread which was difficult to work with, I used couching. Still not very comfortable with this stitch, though. I was working on a tunic till today, so , still in the process of analyzing the ideas for couching.

Thought, I ‘ll start working on some simple rows and then see, how it goes.
1- These three rows are simple couching stitches, done on pearl cotton, with cotton skein.

9.cou st-1

Let me brood some more on couching.