To work plain couching work from right to left. Place the thread to be couched in the position required on your fabric. If you wish to keep the ends of your threads neat knot the thread to be couched and bring up through the fabric and lay along your line. Using a finer thread bring your needle up at 1, hold laid thread in place with your left thumb and insert your needle at 2 making a small vertical stitch. Repeat a long your line at regular intervals. To finish take both threads to the back of your fabric. Note: couching should always be worked with fabric stretched in a hoop or frame.
Turning the Thread
Turn the laid thread in the direction you require and make a small horizontal stitch over the turning point as shown below.
Bricking creates a regular pattern and is used for filling small and large areas. Stitches are positioned halfway between the stitches of the previous line. Work the first line from right to left then turn the work for each new line.
Working from left to right bring thread to be couched to the surface of fabric and lay along your line. Next using your tying thread make small vertical stitches, this time however pull the tying stitch tightly to bunch the thread. This technique works best when there are several threads being couched. It is great for when a bold line is required.