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Feathered chain stitch

  • Chained Feather Stitch

Feathered chain stitch is a wide border stitch comprised of chain stitches linked by diagonal stitches worked in a zigzagging line.

For more background see the entry for chain stitch.

Feathered chain stitch is generously sponsored by Sanchia Groves

Method

1

Bring the needle up and down in the same hole, leaving a loop of thread.

2

Bring the needle up a short distance diagonally down to the left and through the loop.

3

Pull the loop tight and take a longer holding stitch continuing the diagonal direction.

4

Bring the needle up a short distance above and diagonally to the left.

5

Take the needle back down into the same hole again leaving a loop.

6

Bring the needle up at the end of the long holding stitch and through the loop.

7

Pull the loop taut and take a long holding stitch diagonally down to the right.

8

Repeat these stitches alternating from right to left.

Feathered chain stitch

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques

References

  • Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.37
  • Jennifer Campbell, Ann-Marie Bakewell, Guide to Embroidery Stitches (2004)
  • Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.32