The Feather Stitch is a beautiful embroidery stitch for both straight and curved lines, and is a popular stitch in crazy quilting. This stitch is a hand embroidery stitch that creates airy lines of stitching, and can be single, double, triple, interlaced, done straight or at a slant or angle. It makes beautiful trim on garments, blankets as well as on quilts.
How is feather embroidery stitch used?
The Feather Stitch often depicts natural elements – vines, branches, seaweed and such – especially with variegated threads! Fair warning: it’s a stitch that welcomes the addition of beads, French knots and flowers! You’ll often find it combined with other stitches for embellishments. It is also a popular embellishment on garments as well as in crazy quilting.
Project idea: Feather stitch is also a great edge stitch – perfect for flannel baby blankets. Just double turned the edge of a piece of flannel and stitch the feather stitch around the edge for a nice finish.
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What is the feather stitch?
The Feather Stitch consists of open, looped stitches worked alternately to the right and left of central lines. This stitch also does a great job as a background filler stitch for garden or underwater scenes. The rhythm of the stitch reminds me a bit of Buttonhole Stitch and Chain Stitch. It’s a good idea to mark your fabric while learning about the four (4) parallel lines that guide your stitching. Once you get a bit of practice, you won’t need the lines any longer.
To mark the lines, use your favorite fabric marking tool. I use a Frixion pen which quickly disappears from my fabric with a bit of heat from my iron. ALWAYS test your chosen marker first on a small corner or scrap of your fabric.
Here is a sampler that shows how different threads and weights can make the feather stitch look a little different.
- Row 1: Pearl cotton size 12
- Row 2: Pearl cotton size 8
- Row 3: Pearl cotton size 5
- Row 4: Pearl cotton variegated size 3
- Row 5: Pearl cotton variegated size 8
- Row 6: 6 strand embroidery floss
And, another small sampler:
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