Recently I came across this image on Pinterest:
I loved the simple texture of the neutral on neutral, but wanted to experiment with materials I had here at home, which meant skipping the rope and going with some yarn instead. I picked Malabrigo Rasta, which has a nice poofy texture to it and is rounded, with a felted core that won't come apart (something I was worried about with couching a singles yarn). I also did some of the 'grouped' couching stitches by gathering some Noro Kureyon Sock into little bundles. I feel like this is a really fun technique and I can't wait to add it to a future garment! It is a personal goal of mine to make some really fantastic, meticulously-detailed pieces this year to add to my wardrobe. I could see this running down the sides of a zipper, being added around a cardigan's neckline, or even done in patches over a pocket!
Here is my attempt at 'couching' stitches: