Jacobean Couching

Schematic drawing of Jacobean couching. Schematic drawing of Jacobean couching.

Jacobean couching is a composite stitch with a trellis appearance. It consists of long straight stitches, crossed by a second set of long stitches, creating a trellis work. The long stitches are subsequently fastened to the ground material by small cross stitches, often in a different colour. Jacobean couching is known as couched filling stitch, Jacobean laidwork or trellis couching.


  • CLAYTON, Mary (2007). The Needlecrafter's Companion. 1001 Stitch Terms and Techniques, London: Collins and Brown, p. 86.
  • EATON, Jan (1986). The Complete Stitch Encyclopedia, Twickenham: Hamlyn Publishing, pp. 80, 82.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 24 January 2017).


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