How to Bead: Couching

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Continuing our beading series on the blog, today Mary Stori shares the couching stitch from the All-in-One Beading Buddy, a way to add braid or other trim to fabric. 

Decorative bead strings secure braid or other objects to fabric.

1. Position braid, come up through fabric at A.

2. String sufficient number of beads to completely cover thread as it crosses over braid (either horizontally or diagonally), go down at B.

3. Come up at C, add beads, go down at D (same angle as A/B).

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