Laid on the Couch

I’m trying to catch up with my Stitchbook collectiove pages, mainly because I’ve got a bit behind with them but I’m also enjoying them, trying different techniques. Yesterday I finished the Couching and Laidwork box…

I’ve done couching before on various projects, but Helen gave me some new ideas on how to use it. Our first sample involved writing with couching. She gave us some sample fonts and words we could trace. Half of the fun with these boxes is getting a tiny spark of an idea and letting it run…

I’ve been sorting out my threads box recently – not DMC, all the other fancy ones you (or maybe it’s just me!!) get tempted with at shows. They were all ina big box where I couldn’t easily see what I’d got, so things didn’t get used. I started wrapping them round the plastic bobbins, several on one bobbin if needed.I’m keeping them in my mum’s old floss box, it was too small for my ever increasing DMC collection, but it’s perfect for the other creative threads.

Anyway, I spotted a nice textured purple thread and I decided to couch the word purple with it. That reminded me of the poem by Jenny Joseph, ‘When I am an old women I shall wear purple…‘ it’s a great poem, do google it if you’re not familiar with it. We once had a competition here in the UK for the nation’s best loved poem and I think it won.

Helen (the tutor) suggested couching words on bias tape to make labels, I stitched the word wear onto a length of purple bias.

I then had to put it all together into a bit of creativity!

I found a scrap of purple flowery fabric from a dress I made a few years ago, some purple Harris tweed, purple organza and someorganza ribbon too.

I also pulled out some hand-printed labels. These are made by a friend of mine, she’s just set up a facebook page called Quirky Chicks, she does craftkits and also these labels, you get a set of around 25 labels with different quotes on, different types of fabric. I thought this one seemed apt, so I blanket stitched it on – with purple thread of course!

I kept the stitching very simple, just running stitch, blanket stitch and some fly stitch. Three buttons just finished it off. It’s a bit of fun, but I like it.

The second sample I’m really pleased with. I’ve only done a little laid work before. This is called Bayeux stitch as it’s what is used in the tapestries. It’svery economical with thread as the long stitch is not echoed underneath.The long stitches are kept in place by a couched thread running across.

Helen suggested doing a medieval tapestry inspired tree, I didn’t fancy one of those, they look a bit creepy! After a perusal on Pinterest I decided to do a hare running across the moon. I sketched a simple hare and then drew a big circle for the moon.

I started with the moon. I used DMC E940,i’s not a thread I use very often as it feels different to the others and it’s rather a bright white. It worked brilliantly for the moon. I laid the white thread and then useda couched silver thread to secure it. It loks almost luminescent!

For the hare I decided to couch round the shape and then in fill with various couched designs. The main thread is a random one I got in the raffle at Embroiderers Guild, it’s couched down with a single thread of DMC.

I’m really pleased with this one, it incorporates both stitches too, I’m even getting used to the raw edges!

I’ve two more sets of pages to do, then the last box comes out at the beginning of next month. I’m trying to catch up as I’ve also seen another textile book project I want to start…

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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12 Responses to Laid on the Couch

  1. magpiesue says:

    And now you’ve sparked several ideas in my head! I need to find a way to store my growing collection of not-DMC embroidery floss where I can see it too.


  2. anne54 says:

    Here is me thinking, from your title, that you were actually taking a break and putting your feet up on the couch! But no….you are your usual busy, productive self, creating beautiful things. I love the hare!


  3. I really loved hearing about how your thinking went into your designs, and the introduction to your friends site – I will definitely check that out.
    I am amazed at the amount of detail you got onto the body of the hare, it looks magical.
    Another textile book – I’m all excitiement and anticipation to see what it is – I really have a thing about textile books at the moment.


  4. endrickwater says:

    I’m vicariously enjoying your Stitchbook series a great deal (and am very curious about the next textile book you have in your sights, too). I’ve been doing a bit of laid and couched work on a Tanya Bentham (of Opus Anglicanum blog) online project, so particularly like your luminous moon and hare.


  5. nanacathy2 says:

    I love both your sample pieces for this one. I’m currently 4 months back on the stitchbook, only just made the tyvek pieces and have no idea what to do with them!


  6. Catherine says:

    Oh I certainly have a stash of ‘special threads’ from shows! These are really beautiful pieces, your hare is just brilliant.


  7. Steph says:

    I just put that poem into my poetry book (I’m transcribing a new or old favourite poem every day… Or when I think of it)!

    I love your interpretation, and your hare is delightful!


  8. claire93 says:

    both embroideries are gorgeous and I love the raw edges!


  9. kathyreeves says:

    I really like where you’ve gone with these Margaret. They are just fun and show off the technique beautifully.


  10. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Both look great, Margaret, but I particularly enjoyed the first one. 😺


  11. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, I just love your stitchbooks, since I’ve been following you I have more inspiration than I can put in to work. Love your hare, he’s gorgeous. Love Mandy xx


  12. I thought like others that you were actually taking a break from crafting based on the title ha ha ha ha no you are still the crafting/fiber arts queen 🙂


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