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Spanish knotted feather stitch

  • Twisted zigzag chain stitch
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The Spanish knotted feather stitch is worked downwards to create a wide, decorative line. It can be worked on plain-weave fabric or even-weave fabric.

The alternative name for this stitch of twisted zigzag chain stitch, and sums up its composition: made up of twisted chain stitches in a zigzag formation.

The origins of this stitch are not documented, but it was certainly in use by the early 20th century, as it features on a sampler stitched by Louisa Pesel and currently held by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Spanish knotted feather stitch is generously sponsored by in memory of Lesley Rae

Method

In order to work this stitch evenly, mark three parallel guidelines or use an even-weave fabric and count the threads. Work from top to bottom.

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1

Bring the needle up on the right side guideline and throw the thread to the left. Insert the needle on the centre guideline so that your working thread crosses itself to form a loop.

2

Bring the needle up inside the loop on the left side guideline. Pull the thread through to create a twisted chain stitch.

3

Throw the thread to the right. Insert the needle on the centre line just above the first stitch so that your working thread crosses itself to form a loop.

4

Bring the needle up inside the loop on the right side guideline. Pull the thread through.

5

Throw the thread to the left. Insert the needle on the centre guideline just above the second stitch.

6

Repeat step 2.

7

Repeat the process from side to side in a zigzag fashion. Always insert the needle on the centre guideline just above the previous stitch.

8

Finish the stitch by anchoring the last loop.

Spanish knotted feather stitch

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques

References