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Artful Couching


This is the online version of the Virtual Live Artful Couching Class

It includes recordings of the virtual live class

Learn to create this lively and intriguing quilt full of movement and depth.

Rachel Derstine is an award winning fiber artist and educator who believes in the potential of everyone to find their creative flow given the right tools and encouragement.  You may see Rachel’s artwork at

What is included in this class?

Choosing great fabric, yarn and thread combinations for this quilt.

Layering of your quilt sandwich of quilt top, stabilizer, batting and backing. Suggestions will be given on how to baste and quilt.

Learn how to best set up your sewing machine for couching.  A thread holder behind the machine, one inch piece of straw taped to the top of your machine, and several choices of cording feet which work best for couching.

Learn to couch yarn to the surface of your quilt.  This is wonderful way to add definition and texture to your quilt. It also adds movement and flow across the quilt.

Learn to face the quilt rather than use a traditional binding.


You will also have links to the Virtual Live Zoom class version of this class. You will benefit from seeing the student interaction and seeing the student projects.

supply list


Striped Batik – 38” x 18”
or you may use any fabric of your preference.
Backing, facing & sleeve – 1 yard
Batting – 38” x 18”
Stabilizer of your choice.  I use Pellon 806 Stitch n’ Tear – 38” x 18”
(We will be adding a layer of stabilizer into our quilt sandwich before basting it all together)

Thread: – these are what I like to use but you may have your own favorites

Madeira – Super Twist #30 – 2 or more colors – to add sparkle to your couching
Glide Thread – for quilting
Aurifil Invisible Thread Clear – in your bobbin for couching (optional)


Assorted colors to match – 3 colors or more
Any size – use 2-3 strands together for thin yarn
Don’t be afraid to try a variety of yarns


Fray Check by Dritz
Rotary Cutter and Mat
Chalk Board Chalk or your marking tool of choice to mark curvy lines if you wish
Large straw – one inch piece of Starbucks straw works great
Masking tape

Sewing machine with ability to zig zag stitch
Cording, open toe or couching foot:  Bernina #21, #20, #1, or comparable foot for your brand of machine
Walking foot for quilting.

twists and Curves

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  • One prerecorded video
  • PDF Supply List
  • Access to Support
  • Access to links to the recordings of the Virtual Live Zoom version of this class
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