Thursday, February 11, 2010

Jargon of the Week - Couching

Jargon of the Week defines couching as:

couch⋅ing [kou-ching]

1. the act of a person or thing that couches.
2. a method of embroidering in which a thread, often heavy, laid upon the surface of the material, is caught down at intervals by stitches taken with another thread through the material.
3. work so made.

Origin: 1325–75; ME; see couch, -ing 1

The definition goes on to include the term couch as in your sofa. I've always thought this terms was a little bit funny.

According to the glossary in Jo-Ann: Your Guide to Quilting, couching is,
"Stitching thick threads, ribbons, beads, and other items to a quilt surface."

Couching is a pretty cool way to embellish things. Click on the links below for some examples.
If you're interested in learning more about or giving couching a try, check out the article on wikipedia. There are examples of stitches and some really nice descriptions.

1 comment:

Aunt Spicy said...

I love that "couching" is a word...a word in a dictionary!