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.
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.
Structure of stitch
Mary Thomas, Jan Eaton, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (Revised Edition) (1989) , p.54
Sarah Whittle, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory (2012) , p.219