[HNW] couching question

Allison263@aol.com Allison263 at aol.com
Wed Apr 13 07:54:29 PDT 2005

In a message dated 4/13/05 10:03:45 AM, sfarmer at utk.edu writes:

<< but what should I use to couch with?  I'd like 

to try both underside and topside couching. >>

I'm not familiar with the type of gold you mentioned you're using. You want 
something that is a metal wrapped around some kind of core. In the middle 
ages/reaniassance, gold was beaten into thin sheets, cut into strips, and wrapped 
around a core (silk, animal hair, cotton, linen). The gold should be stiff 
enough to work with but (in the case of underside couching) supple enough to go 
through the fabric.

I'd recommend silk thread as your couching thread. If you're creating designs 
with the couching stitches, any commercial silk should be fine. You'll have 
better luck with a filament silk (nontwisted) but a finely twisted 2 ply should 
also work OK. 

If you're simply going to couch the gold down, I like to use silk sewing 
thread. When you do underside couching, be sure that the ground fabric is woven 
loosely enough so that the gold will easily "pop" beneath the surface; if it's 
too thick or too tightly woven you'll be fighting it all the way.

Good luck!

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