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Cross stitch, Needlecraft and Embroidery Glossary: Jacobean Couching to Jubilee

A comprehensive illustrated needlecraft dictionary with clear definitions and working diagrams. Includes 766 terms used in cross stitch, embroidery, tapestry, blackwork, and goldwork. (Click thumbnails to enlarge.)

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A counted thread stitch Jacobean Couching

This is an easily worked decorative stitch best worked in a square area. Lay the threads to be couched diagonally across the fabric at intervals first all in one direction and then all in the other diagonal, weaving over and under the first set to help them stay in place. Then couch down the threads with a small upright cross stitch over each intersection as shown in the diagram. If a curved area needs to be worked, draw a square and count the diagonals off the straight edge. Similarly if counting around an object count across it carefully to be sure that you keep the diagonals in line with each other.

A counted thread stitch. Jacquard stitch

This is normally worked in two colours. Starting at lower right work six diagonal stitches upwards across two intersections, then work five to the left also across two intersections. Continue zigzagging in this way. The second row is worked in tent stitch following the previous row exactly.

See also Tent stitch
A counted thread stitch.Jacquard stitch variation

This is worked as shown in the diagram with alternate rows of diagonal stitches over four and two intersections.

A free embroidery stitch Japanese Darning Stitch

Work the horizontal rows first, then connect those with the diagonal stitches.

A thick metallic thread made by wrapping gold around a yellow base thread. Since metallic threads are prone to unravel it is best to use a needle threader so that the end of the thread is disturbed less.
A free embroidery stitch Japanese stitch

A sloping satin stitch which is worked from top left to botton right.

See also Satin stitch
An evenweave cotton fabric 112 threads to 10 cms, 28 count
An evenweave cotton fabric 56 threads to 10 cms, 14 count
An evenweave cotton fabric 112 threads to 10 cms, 28 count
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