Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

Digital Edition – Read Online + Download Today
Jan and Jean demonstrate a variety of approaches with couching embroidery stitches with an emphasis on experimentation, incorporating new and exciting materials along the way.



Over the Line: Couching Technique for Embroidery Work

Couching is a fabulous stitch, easy to sew and extremely versatile. It can be used to produce both delicate and bold effects offering an amazing range of surfaces. In this book we are exploiting the technique of couching in its many forms.

The word couching comes from the French verb ‘coucher’ which means ‘to lie or set down’. In embroidery terms, to couch is to position threads on a fabric to create a pattern or image and sew them in place. It is an ancient stitching technique that can be traced back at least as far as the 1st century B.C.

over the line couching embroidery jan beaney jean littlejohn 03
over the line couching embroidery jan beaney jean littlejohn 02

Couching is a line stitch, where complicated, flowing or geometric designs can be stitched more simply.

Traditionally two needles and two threads are used to work most forms of couching. Quite often a heavier thread is laid on the surface and is stitched in place by a finer one. We will use a variety of lines — both straight, wavy, rolling, geometric and non-linear to explore the many ways couching can be employed in your embroidery work.

Over the Line – Digital Edition

BOOK 16 by Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

28 pages full color illustrations paperback. First published by Double Trouble Enterprises 2005. This digital edition 2021.

ISBN No 0-9546014-5-9

Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn • About the Embroidery Series Authors

Jan Beaney Jean Littlejohn Bw

Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn are internationally acclaimed textiles artists, authors and educators. For more than forty years the duo know as “Double Trouble Enterprises” has been challenging traditional notions of embroidery and stitch by working with soluble fabrics, mixed media, bonding, printing, embellishing and collage and extensive use of color development and journaling to great success. Founding members of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, featured instructors at Callaway Gardens School of Needle ArtsCity & Guilds (London), Fellows of the Society of Designer Craftsmen (UK)  and Presidents emeritus of the Embroiderers’ Guild (UK), Jan and Jean continue their work in inspiring stitch artists of all ages with print books, digital books, and a wide range of DVDs and streaming workshops.

Learn more about Jan and Jean in their interview with TextileArtist.org

Visit their Double Trouble Enterprises Website