Roumanian Couching

Example of Roumanian couching. Example of Roumanian couching.

Roumanian couching is an embroidery technique whereby the laid thread is fastened down by two or more stitches set at an angle. The laid thread is carried across the space from left to right and is then fastened down by the same thread on its return journey with stitches at regular intervals. The Roumanian stitch is very similar, but much shorter and has only one stitch set at an angle to fasten down the laid thread.

Bokhara couching is similar in technique to Roumanian couching, but the effect is different. In Bokhara couching the tying down stitch is short on the surface and long underneath, while in Roumanian couching it is long on the surface and short underneath.

Also known as: figure stitch; oriental laid stitch.  

Source: THOMAS, Mary (1934). Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, London: Hodder and Stoughton, p. 56, fig. 84.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 29th June 2016).


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