|Starting the first couched line on the organdy|
|To ensure even, consistent spacing between stitches, I made myself a paper guide|
|Pulling the peach thread through a vertical stitch|
|The first couched line is complete in peach and orange|
|Starting the next line of couching|
|Pausing to reflect on my progress|
|Undoing the couching|
|Carefully extracting the peach thread|
|Replacing the peach thread with white|
|The new version of the couched lines with white thread|
Couching is a simple stitch where you lay down a line of thread and then make short vertical stitches to tack it into place. I love how it looks (especially with contrasting colors) but looking simple and effortless does not necessarily mean the process is simple and effortless.
Case in point – these couched lines. First I tried them with peach and orange, a combination I was excited by but once I laid down a few lines, felt it was visually too loud and too warm for the piece. So I paused. And then I decided to pull out the peach and replace it with white. I'm not convinced by the white either, to be honest. Letting it sit for a bit before I make a call.
Undoing your work can be such a buzzkill. It makes me feel like I don't know what I'm doing, and that is hard for me. I like knowing what I'm doing. I like planning things out, mulling over the colors, the composition, the materials, the techniques, the stitches. Thinking things through in advance is in my nature. Changing things as I go, deviating from my plan, is not. It's hard to go against your nature, but I know that if I want to be great, I have to be able to do it.