Feather Stitch

Feather stitch is a decorative stitch, usually, used to accompany it with embellishments or other forms of stitches like the French knot. This stitch can be used liberally to make beautiful borders, horizontal or vertical fillings, or even designs with curves. It looks like a series of interconnected ‘V’s.

It is always advised to make stitch lines to avoid any asymmetry. I have made four parallel stitch lines, A, B, C, D. The stitches will fall between these lines and the needle will pass through these lines.

Fig 1: Begin by bringing up the needle from B. Now, put the needle in through D and bring it out from C.
Note that the points on B and D falls on a straight line, and C lies diagonally to both B and D.
Pull the needle out with the thread under it, as shown. We would form our first ‘V’.
Fig 2: We now move to make our next ‘V’.
Continue to put the needle in through A and bring it out through B. Pull the needle out with the thread under it as shown, to make the next ‘V’.
Fig 3: Now, continue the procedure by putting the needle in through the outer stitch line and brining it out from the inner stitch line.
We keep alternating between the left and right side to make the ‘V’s- putting in the needle through A and bringing it out from B; putting the needle in through D and bringing it out from C.
Fig 4: Once a small portion of feather stitch is done, this is how it would look like.
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37 Responses

  1. daria wilber United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    Thank you Sarah! Excellent visual tutorial.

  2. Sahana India Chrome for iOS iPad says:

    Very explicit instructions…thanks Sarah..am doing a it of embroidery using feather stitch..

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