Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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couching

1. See: COUCH . 2. A method of embroidering a binding consisting of gold threads laid on the surface of the cloth and held down by threads of bright red silk coming from the back of the material. Ancient methods of couching were numerous, with zig-zags, wave patterns, and all manners of diapers being produced by the position and arrangement of the stitches that controlled the gold thread. (115 )




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