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Embroidery Video Tutorial: Roumanian Couching


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Here’s another video tutorial for a hand embroidery stitch called Roumanian couching, which is used primarily as a filling stitch.

If you want to read about this type of self-couching embroidery technique, please see my post on Bokhara couching, where you will find photos of both Bokhara and Roumanian couching, and more information on different types of couched filling.

Here’s a photo of Roumanian couching, with one couching stitch:

Roumanian Couching

And here’s a photo of Roumanian couching, with two couching stitches:

Roumanian Couching

Here’s the video for Roumanian couching:

For more hand embroidery video tutorials, please visit my collection of how-to videos for hand embroidery.

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  1. Mary, thanks so much for commenting on my blog so that I know you are out there!
    You are going straight onto my RSS…

    Happy Stitching,

  2. this is my first time embroidering, and i’m doing a dragon. i wish i would have found your videos right from the start. i am using the tips to finish up the dragon. thank-you so much for your great videos, now i cann’t wait to finish the dragon!!!!

  3. I found your site recently and I love your videos. You have gorgeous technique, and your voice is so soothing and lovely.

    The name of this stitch is really funny to me as it’s also a stitch used in Northern Hungarian embroidery, where it’s called a figure-eight stitch. (Then again, maybe the Hungarian names of embroidery stitches are the funny ones. I wonder sometimes. I’m a Hungarian ex-pat and, having been away for a while, I’m often baffled by things that must have seemed completely natural and logical to me while growing up.)

  4. Hi , this is great!
    I was wondering if this would work for the greyish parts in the back of this logo? http://nikodiazderivera.deviantart.com/art/Attack-on-Titan-Recon-Corps-Logo-374982513 I have to make 5 of them, 3 will be small enough to go on a jacket pocket so I have no actuall doubts about those ones because I’ve already started and its fine . I was just wondering about he large on which is around 16cm by 20cm so those areas are quite large… And I don’t know if it will work or not.

    1. As a background filling, I think it would work fine, but if you want the texture of the couching stitches in there, you could try Bokhara couching instead…

  5. hi Mary, firstly thank you, n this website s awesome. I love this. able to learn it easily. You have done a great job by given this for us. N thanks once again

  6. Hi, Mary. Hope you’ll catch this question on such an old post:

    I want to incorporate this stitch into a project I’m planning (my niece just married a Romanian guy and it’s their wedding present…how could I resist?). It would fill an area about 1.5″ wide. Would one couching stitch suffice for a stitch that wide, or should I plan on doing two? I’ll be working with regular old DMC cotton floss. Any other advice would be welcome.


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