Feather stitch- embroidery how-to, quick video, and step by step guide

What is the feather stitch and how do I use it?

The feather stitch is made up of alternating V-shaped stitches that are created in a similar way to the single/detached chain stitch. A series of these stitches can create a fun leafy look. In the Stitching Raccoon Sampler, the feather stitch is used for the leaves of the Queen Anne's Lace.

Feather stitch in the Stitching Raccoon Sampler

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Feather stitch diagram

Below is what a typical diagram for the feather stitch may look like in an embroidery pattern or on other how-to pages. 

Feather stitch diagram

See the feather stitch in action:

Follow along with this quick video to see how each step of the feather stitch comes together.

Step-by-step instructions

Now, let's walk through each step in the feather stitch together.

Step 1: It can be helpful to practice this stitch using evenly spaced horizontal lines (as shown). To begin, bring your needle up at your starting point.

Image of stitching the feather stitch

Step 2: Now, insert the needle down about a stitch length away (skipping one line). Do not pull your thread all the way through yet.

Image of stitching the feather stitch

Step 3: Bring your needle back up about a stitch length below the center point of the first two stitches, catching the floss to create a 'V' shape.

Image of stitching the feather stitch
Image of stitching the feather stitch
Image of stitching the feather stitch

Step 4: Start the next stitch by going over about a stitch length (skipping one line) to the right of where you just came up. Repeat the process of coming up a stitch length below the center point of your two stitches and creating the V shape. 

Image of stitching the feather stitch
Image of stitching the feather stitch
Image of stitching the feather stitch

Step 5: Continue making stitches to the left and then to the right in this way.

Image of stitching the feather stitch

Step 6: When you're finished, make a small stitch over the last loop.

Image of stitching the feather stitch
Image of stitching the feather stitch

Save it for later

Want to remember how to do the feather stitch? Pin the image below to Pinterest as a quick reference for later!

Feather stitch diagram for Pinterest

Give it a try, you can do it!

Now it's your turn to grab a needle, some embroidery floss, and give it a go! Practice the feather stitch, along with other basic embroidery stitches, in the Stitching Raccoon Sampler. Get the embroidery pattern for FREE by signing up below!

 

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