7 days of stitches: feather stitch

feather stitch - 7 days of stitches

Day 2 of the 7 days of stitches has arrived and it’s all about the FEATHER STITCH. This stitch has a long tradition in plant embroidery. It’s so easy to mimic different twigs, leaves or even algae with this marvelous embroidery stitch.

How to do the feather stitch

feather stitch - 7 days of stitches

1// Imagine a triangle that is pointing down. Stick the needle in the upper right corner and pull it out at the bottom point. Make sure the thread is under the needle tip before you pull the needle through.

 

feather stitch - 7 days of stitches

2// Repeat the first step, but this time use the point where the thread comes out of the fabric from the previous stitch as a starting point.

 

feather stitch - 7 days of stitches

3// Just like in the step before you repeat the first step, but this time it is mirrored. So instead of sticking the needle in the top right corner, you stick in in the left right corner and pull the needle out at the bottom point. Repeat step 2 and 3 until you have enough stitches.

 

feather stitch - 7 days of stitches

4// To finish the stitch, stick the needle into the fabric right where the bottom point is just a little bit further down. This secures the loop and prevents it from unraveling the whole stitch.

 

feather stitch - 7 days of stitches


Artwork showcasing this embroidery stitch

 

Abigail Halpin

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botanical embroidery by Abigail Halpin


Wait, there is more! Here are some great examples of embroidery featuring the FEATHER STITCH curated in a Pinterest board:

feather stitch pinterest board

 


This article is part of the 7 days of stitches series. Click here to see all tutorials.

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