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Goldwork techniques for E-embroidering



The traditional techniques and materials developed by crafters for thousand years are perfectly suited for the E-embroidering. Materials used for goldwork are made from metal that makes them conductive. Below you will find some guidelines that explain how to use conductive thread, cord and purl applications for the E-embroidering.


 In embroidery, couching work is a technique in which the thread is laid across the surface of the fabric and fastened in place with small stitches of a different thread.

 The Couching technique is perfect for working with conductive treads. Mostly, the treads are fragile or stiff and the best way to attach them to the fabric is to fix them with supporting threads. The technique allows making touch surfaces as well.

 01. Take two needles, one with conductive thread and a second one with a strong cotton or silk thread.

02.Fasten off  the threads in the fabric.

03.Place the threads on the surface parallel to each other.Please note that the conductive thread always has to stay on the surface of the fabric.

04-09. Attach the conductive thread to the fabric by making small supportive stitches using the cotton thread.

10. Turn the conductive thread and repeat the process in the opposite direction.

11. Repeat the steps until you get the desired size.

Using couching is possible to create embroidered loud speakers. Loud speakers could be in any shape. I have chosen a star shape as an example. The most important is to keep the same distance between stitches and make it tight.  Notice that couching takes quite long time.







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