Does everyone here do the couching of the cordonnet threads first, or do some of you make the tacking threads and add the cordonnet as you go (as in Aemilia Ars)?  The videos from Mathew Gnagy (Modern Maker) and Grace Gamble (Grace's Lace), as well as the Italian videos I've found, teach the tacking method, but I'm still trying to wrap my head around that.  Do any of you use both methods (choosing one based on the project)?  Does one method give better results than the other (stability, aesthetics, etc.)?

In the mean time, I've started my first piece, a bookmark similar to the one in the tutorials but without the narrow sections between the squares.  I'm using the couching method for this.

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Personally, I use the couching-the-outline-threads method. Both are valid. I think either one involves making the brain work hard to be sure everything is connected.

I use the couching method, because I feel it's easier to maintain the lines, curves, etc., of the design.  I have never tried tacking first and have no desire to.

I always use the couching method. That’s the way I was taught and have never tried any other way. I guess the answer would be to try both if you wish and see which method works best for you.

Judith Holroyd said:

I always use the couching method. That’s the way I was taught and have never tried any other way. I guess the answer would be to try both if you wish and see which method works best for you.

That's my intention, but I'm still trying to figure out the tacking method, specifically what lines need to be tacked and where, especially for the geometric reticella and Aemilia Ars designs.

I prefer to couch downs the cordonnet as I go, - though I tried the other way when I did a bit of Amelia Ars from an Italian book, and they showed that way.  I did not like it, and preferred the couching down method, so stuck with that way!!

Both ways are 'valid" so use whichever one suits you best.

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