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Cross bar filling trellis

  • Trellis filling
  • Couched filling stitch
  • Jacobean couching

This stitch is a trellis with a cross over each intersection which is used to hold the trellis into position.

This decoration can be done with a larger cross over the trellis intersections for greater visual impact.

For more background see the entry for trellis stitch.

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The top layer of the cross should lay bottom left to top right.


Start by filling your shape with a grid framework of basic Trellis, either square like this image or on the diagonal.


Anchor each intersection with a small cross stitch, ensure the uppermost stitch lies bottom left to top right.


Complete every intersection within the shape.

Cross bar filling trellis

Common uses

Embroidery Techniques


  • Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.54
  • Sarah Whittle, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory (2012) , p.219