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Romanian couching stitch

  • Roumanian stitch
  • Couched satin

This stitch is a version of Romanian couching which is suitable for small areas.  It consists of laid stitches each of which are couched down with a small diagonal stitch using the same thread, hence this is a form of self-couching.  The couching stitches form a line down the centre of the stitched area.

Historically, it is likely that this stitch is a development of Romanian couching: the earliest references date from the early 20th century.  The main difference between the two versions are that this version has a single couched stitch anchoring each laid stitch, and those couched stitches form a slightly raised line; Romanian couching normally has multiple couching stitches holding down each laid stitch and their position is not prescribed.

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Structure of stitch

Common uses

Embroidery Techniques


  • Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.176
  • Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.18
  • W.G. Paulson Townsend, Louisa F. Pesel, Walter Crane, Embroidery or the Craft of the Needle (1907) , p.67
  • Louisa F Pesel, Stitches from old English embroideries (1912) , p.13