Brick Couching

Brick Couching is derived from old ecclesiastical embroideries. It differs from ordinary couching in that the threads are sewed down so as to form a regular pattern like brick-work. It may be varied by taking two or more threads at a time, or by placing several crossing threads in one group. This type of couching is particularly suitable for rope-silk embroidery. Gold cord was the material originally used. 

Note: This stitch is not the same as brick stitch.

Brick couching stitch consists of cords that are laid side by side and fastened down with over stitches alternating with each other on every other row the work. See figure above. It is very effective and rich. The chief difficulty is to keep the lines straight. A ruled line at intervals on the design to be covered will facilitate this. Many varieties of these flat couchings will occur to an ingenious worker.

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