Feather Stitch

Feather stitch sampleFeather stitch is a wonderfully versatile, decorative, surface embroidery stitch that is also known as single coral stitch and briar stitch. Feather stitch is found extensively on traditional English smocks, Dorset embroidery and on crazy quilts.

Feather stitch sample on crazy quilting 1The traditional uses of feather stitch are easily given a contemporary twist particularly if you use modern variegated threads or add a bead or two.

Feather stitch sample on crazy quilting 2Keep the center of the stitch on the curved line you want to follow and you will find that Feather stitch will sit on a  curve easily. This ability to hold a curve means the stitch ideal to use in any motif that is organic in feel, such as, floral sprays, vines and twisting twiggy like stems. It also looks great in underwater scenes as the flowing lines are very suitable to represent corals and seaweed.

Feather stitch sample underwater marine sceneFeather stitch can vary greatly depending on the width of space between the two tops of Y, angle of your needle, spacing changes in the the length of stitches and regularity of stitches.

Feather stitch sample 1It really is one of those stitches you can experiment with for years and still discover new ways of using it. As you can see in the sample above I have worked 3 arms to one side and 3 to the other creating a totally different look to the stitch.

Feather stitch sample 3

You can also work it row against row to create wonderful patterns and designs.

Feather stitch sample  2

Instructions on how to work feather stitch 

When working this stitch imagine or mark with a dissolvable pen 4 parallel lines.

Step by step instructions for feather stitch 1Bring the thread up through the fabric at the top left of where you want to create the stitch. Hold the thread down with the left thumb and insert the needle to the right and a level of where the thread emerged. Make a stitch on a downward angle so that the needle emerges between the two points as illustrated. With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric to make the stitch.

Step by step instructions for feather stitch 2Insert the needle to the left and a level of where the thread emerged. Make a stitch on a downward angle so that the needle emerges between the two points as illustrated. With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric to make the next stitch.

Step by step instructions for feather stitch 3Work these movements alternatively down the line.

Step by step instructions for feather stitch 4Hopefully there will not be too many tangles!

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147 Responses to Feather Stitch

  1. Here is my blog post for TAST Feather stitch. http://sandysnowden.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/take-stitch-tuesday-tast.html
    It includes the Fly and Buttonhole, too, as I added to my ‘Slow Cloth’ for these stitches while I got a feel for timing and what to use the stitches on.
    Sandy in the UK

  2. http://love2quilt22002.blogspot.com/ says:

    Fosted the detached chain, chain stitch, feather stitch and fly stitch

  3. I have finished my little Feather Stitch piece.
    http://cmwinter.blogspot.com/2012/01/feather-stitch.html

    This is such fun (even if I am running late!)

  4. veronique says:

    j'ai fait le point de la semaine 3 que j'ai mis sur mon blog :lebonheurdebroderchezverobrode.over-blog.com merci

  5. Annette G says:

    a bit late, but here are my week 2 and week 3 samples

    http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/tast-buttonhole-feather-samples

  6. Tenar says:

    I finally uploaded my feather stitch sample, along with some more buttonhole stitch.

    http://tenar72.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/some-more-buttonhole-stitch-and-feather-stitch/

  7. Ingrid says:

    http://nipetnapet.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-week-3.html Loved the Feather Stitch, I found it so versatile and fun!

  8. Diane says:

    A fellow stitcher let me know that the link to my blog didn't work. Sure enough, she was right. Here is the correct link to my stitching; http://dianem.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/tast-2012-feather-stitch/

  9. Julia says:

    Checking in a little late this week! My feather stitches rounded out my first fabric postcard very nicely:

    http://getgoingsewing.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-2012-week-3-feather-stitch.html

    With so many beautiful works this week, I'm inspired even more for next week!

  10. Yuma Tatter says:

    Just a day late 😉
    I've finished my sampler stitching and added some feather stitching to my January CQJP block. For a look, here's the link
    http://sparemomentstitching.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/cqjp-january-and-tast-week-3/
    Sharon, I really like the featherstitch, and I'm especially enjoying seeing all the variations for the different stitches.

  11. FlowerLady says:

    I'm late once again, but here is my simple rendition of the feather stitch.

    http://flowerladyscreations.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-week-3-feather-stitch.html

  12. I showed already older work, but here is my new feather stitch embroidery http://borduurblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/feather-stitch-taksteek.html .

  13. Sharon Griffith says:

    I did manage to get a pic of my Feather stitch for week 3. If you would like to take a peek please go here…Thanks Sharon! I am not finished this little block I am doing and was trying to get it done before I posted a pic but at least I wanted to post a pic of the basic stitch before our next one starts…. http://sharon-dancingthruthreads.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-feather-stitch.html

  14. TeriK says:

    Better late than never right? I finally took a picture of my experimentation on feather stitch. It is a good stitch and so much more could be done with it. I was glad to learn this stitch, which is new to me!
    http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/100-4787

  15. Ulla-Britt says:

    I am sorry that there was no time for stitching this week, but I will show details from an apron hemmed with feater stitch http://ullabritt.wordpress.com/tast-2012/3-feather-stitch/

  16. hopscotch says:

    Please forgive me if I have already done this but I have now posted to my blog with week 2 and 3
    http://wwwhopscotch.blogspot.com/
    Also just to say a huge thank you to Sharon for all the hard work she puts into this and the pleasure viewing all the wonderful creations give me.

  17. Karrin Hurd says:

    The feather stitch, my absolute favorite. I have to stop myself from letting it control me and try to do other stitches! My feather stitch examples are blogged here: http://karrinscrazyworld.blogspot.com/

  18. Marie-Claude says:

    Late because a travel …. just in border line I send my TAST 3 in my blog

    http://lumieresbleues.blogspot.com/
    Thank you

  19. Diane says:

    Just under the wire for this week's stitch challenge. You can see what I did and why I dwaddled over it on my blog http://dianem.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/tast-2012-feather-stitch/

  20. Just posted my buttonhole and feather stitch sample. I'm enjoying revisiting these stitches and seeing some "old friends" on here!

  21. Penny says:

    On my blog http://backvalleyseasons.blogspot.com
    Not very imaginative but I am trying to get this sample filled. I also have a give away.

  22. Marg B says:

    Not sure what happened to my last comment on htis page – but here goes again
    More work on Buttonhole and Feather on my blog

  23. Dianne says:

    I used feather stitch to create some little trees and I also completed my buttonhole tropical scene. Just posted them to my blog at: http://dinkydideequilts.blogspot.com/2012/01/little-feather-trees-and-buttonhole.html

  24. Savitha says:

    Hi
    I have posted my feather stich motif in my blog.
    http://magicwithhands.blogspot.com

    Savitha

  25. Please stop by Tuesday Stitchers to see what a collective group of stitchers have done with the feather stitch this week:
    http://tast2012.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-wk-3-jan-16-feather-stitch.html

    See you Soon! ~Debra S.

  26. Sue Duffy says:

    Here's my feather stitch (and my buttonhole from last week – late post). http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=376898wo2mgaj

  27. Claudia says:

    I have finished my feather stitch exercise. You can see it here: http://fabricfusion.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-2012-feather-stitch-und-so-schon.html
    Happy Stitching
    Claudia

  28. Annet says:

    Yesterday I wrote a post about a few older feather stitch samples:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.com/2012/01/old-feather-stitches.html
    Today I finished my new samples:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.com/2012/01/feather-stitch-again.html
    I choose some Aida fabric to make sure I was going to stitch the rows I was planning!

  29. Sara Hansson says:

    at last ! (almost missed the deadline :0)) feather stitch – done! next one please ………

    loving this challenge Sharon ;0)

    Sara

  30. Kirsty Macdonald says:

    My experimentation with this week's stitch is here:

    http://silentcompanions.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-challenge-week-3-feather-stitch.html

    Well done everyone, some truely inspirational work again this week!

  31. merryamethyst says:

    I missed the first few weeks due to travel, but serendipity has egged me into TAST 2012 :)
    my simple feather stitch – http://artwhiz.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-2012-feather-stitch-cheat.html

  32. Here's my Feather Stitch blog post: http://kirajones.co.uk/?p=574 I'm learning loads!

  33. Sue Utterback says:

    I finally finished my Week 2 – Buttonhole Stitch! Yeah…it took me forever because I decided to try making a sort of stylized flower thingy. I'm afraid it's not the greatest. I definitely need practice doing this stitch–it's not one I use a lot. But, I can see it's potential and it would be a great stitch to have in my library. OK, so I'll do a sampler of buttonhole stitches and see if my flowers improve. LOL. Here's the link to my photo for Week 2: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sue_u/6740072273/in/set-72157628709486935

    Sue

  34. My sample is at http://www.timelessriverstudio.blogspot.com/ . Thanks Sharon this is a great project.

  35. Gayle Schipper says:

    My newest feather stitch example is at:
    222.flickr.com/photos/stitchintime

    Gayle Schipper

  36. I have had to re-learn this stitch as I haven't used it in years. I also had to re-learn that overdyed threads are not colour-fast. Oh Dear!

    http://carorose.typepad.com
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/56846286@N00/pool/

    Cheers
    Carolyn

  37. shirley says:

    Hi Sharon, My feather stitch sample is posted on SF

    http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/feather-stitch-page

    I have really enjoyed doing this

  38. Hi Sharon, from COLD eastern Canada. Check out my featherstitchin' here…. it is definitely my favourite stitch… http://www.linda-hubbard.blogspot.com/2012/01/take-stitch-tuesday-week-3.html

  39. Ann says:

    I was rather intimidated when I saw this stitch, and put it off until Saturday. After learning it, I think it may be my second favorite stitch (my top one is still the blanket/buttonhole). What a joy to learn the feather stitch this week!

    Had fun putting together a two-page spread in my embroidery journal with feathers I found in the pasture, postage stamps of birds, a journal entry, gratitude list, and the stitching. Here's the link:

    http://harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com/2012/01/take-stitch-tuesday-feather-stitch-week.html

  40. Petra Weiler says:

    This was rather challenging for me… I like the stitch, but experimenting on it is hard. Please see my results on http://www.my-cuddly-quilt.blogspot.com

  41. chitra gangadharan says:

    Hi Sharon, this challenge is very interesting. I posted a few of my variations of feather stitch on my blog here-
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2012/03-feather-stitch/
    thank you,
    Chitra

  42. Here is my bead mandala for feather stitch week 3, I wonder what the next stitch will be ?
    Cant wait …………….

    you can find my example here………………..

    http://ellascraftcreations.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-2012-feather-stitchweek-3.html

  43. Ms Sharma says:

    Here is my new additions to the Feather Stitch Sampler:

    http://summersofindia.blogspot.com/2012/01/feather-stitch-5.html

    Just have a look

  44. angenita says:

    I liked this stitch, had fun playing with it.

  45. Nina says:

    Embroidered with pleasure all three stitches just as she was on vacation. My job here.

    http://karusel-rukodeliya.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-2012.html

  46. Lis says:

    Loved learning this stitch, very soothing to work too. I've blogged here:
    http://piecenpeace.blogspot.com/2012/01/still-waters-run-deep-and-fnsi-morning.html

  47. Kim Stapleton says:

    I really enjoyed working this stitch . Here is my sample : http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/profile/KimStapleton

  48. I am loving these stitches! Doing my samplers is an interesting challenge! Here is my feather stitch sample:

    http://www.beachhousequilts.com/beach-house-quilts/2012/01/tast-3-feather-stitch.html

  49. Marg B says:

    My feather stitch exercise is on my blog
    http://maggies-textiles.blogspot.com

    I am not trying many variations but am certainly enjoying the ones I doo

  50. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon and Everyone!
    I added some beads. Happy weekend for all!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/luiz_vaz/6733974907/

  51. SusieW says:

    View my TAST #3 feather stitch here http://www.flickr.com/photos/susie_w/6733724719/in/photostream#/ It is a basic feather stitch. I was surprised to note that the angle of the added leaves created diamond shapes and almost changed the shapes of the feather stitch. Interesting.

  52. Maggi says:

    I really enjoyed trying out lots of different threads for this stitch and creating a promising background. I even got the page for weeks 1 & 2 finished. What a bonus too, finding all these new blogs. Thank you Sharon, you are a star. Photos are on my blog at http://maggi21.wordpress.com

  53. Bonjour Sharon ,
    J'aime beaucoup ce point .
    Je l'ai mis en scène sur une petite pochette avec l'aide de la Fée Plume .
    Vous pouvez la découvrir sur mon blog : http://foliesdesandrine.canalblog.com/
    Bon week-end
    Sandrine

  54. Ms Sharma says:

    Here is my first attempt at feather stitch Sampler:

    http://summersofindia.blogspot.com/2012/01/feather-stitch-1.html

    And here is one I did it on a sari long back:

    http://summersofindia.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-embroideries.html

    Ms Sharma

  55. Brigitte Otto says:

    Finally uploaded my feather stitch 1 and 2 – you can find it here: http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/featherstitch1

  56. maneki says:

    I've finished my challenge for the week and the result can now be found in my blog: http://wildrosesandblackberries.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-week-3-feather-stitch.html

    Enjoy!

  57. Catherine Robertson says:

    My feather stitch sample is at http://categetscrafty.blogspot.com

    I like this stitch. Very relaxing and adaptable.

  58. Maureen bond says:

    My Feather stitch samples are at

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/crazyqstitcher/
    with a link back to my earlier samples. Also 2 CQJP blocks are posted in Flickr.

  59. pretty stitch.
    I directly done 3 designs without doing the trial stitch.
    I posted it in my blog
    http://viji-crafts.blogspot.com/2012/01/feather-stitch-tast-2012-week.html

  60. Luiz Vaz says:

    I Everyone!
    my post for feather stitch. I think its in progresss.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/luiz_vaz/6728563711/

  61. Sandy Jandik says:

    The Feather Stitch will be on my blog in the morning http://focus-on-fiber.blogspot.com

  62. Christine says:

    A really nice and easy stitch this week and the third stitch pleasure!
    http://6stem5.canalblog.com

  63. Bonsoir, Hello every body ! I have just posted my work on Feather stitches on my blog. If you want to have a look, here is it : http://j-en-revais.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-3.html

  64. Melissa says:

    I have my combined post for weeks 2 and 3 on my blog this week: http://measi.net/measiblog/2012/01/19/tast-updates-weeks-2-and-3/

    Didn't care for the buttonhole, but really enjoyed feather stitch. Funny how two stitches so similar in technique can feel so different when working!

  65. Liz Adams says:

    Go here: http://beautifulmetaphor.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-week-three-feather-stitch.html

    to see part of my adventures with this stitch. I incorporated it again into a bigger work I'm already embarked on, and had a good time doing it! I do enjoy the surprise each week of a new stitch to either review or learn, and incorporate into ongoing work. And I've been very pleased with the nice people who've stopped by and commented on my blog, an expected side benefit!

  66. isabelle says:

    Here is my work of this week. All points of this embroidery are feather points, even the flowers and leaves. My daughter Pauline (9 years old) has also done his homework .

    http://pierrespapiersciseaux.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-semaine-3-le-point-darrete.html

  67. Ty.Jecyka says:

    Here is my Feather Stitch…http://tyjecyka.canalblog.com/archives/2012/01/19/23273113.html
    I've a lot of fun to create this embroidery…now I've millions new ideas to stitch…

  68. Jenny Ross says:

    My week 3 samples have been shared with the Facebook group and are posted on my Blog at

    http://www.readingandstitchinginil.com/2012/01/take-stitch-tuesday-week-3-feather.html

  69. Hello! this is my sample. thank you for visiting!!
    Masha

  70. Debbie says:

    Here's my work on the feather stitch, including shots from an older project of mine. http://debbiesfiberwork.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-week-3.html Thanks, Sharon.

  71. Linda McInnis says:

    I decided to make a flowering bush on my March block.

    http://logcabinquilter-linda.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-3-feather-stitch.html

  72. Beth Leintz says:

    I played catch up this week and stitched the first three weeks worth of stitches. You can see them here:

    http://bethleintz.typepad.com/gathering_dust/2012/01/take-a-stitch-tuesday-and-french-general-necklace.html

    So much fun seeing everyone's take on the stitches- some incredible work out there!

  73. Kathy says:

    This week I stitched a sampler and I took it a little further with a second piece.
    http://eclecticlamb.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/week-3-tast-feather-stitch/

  74. Gail says:

    http://2createsg.blogspot.com/2012/01/not-so-wordless-wednesday-tast-wk-3.html

    I have avoided feather stitch for years, not needing it for CQ. However, I love it!!
    TAST is awesome!!!
    Gail

  75. Merci sharon pour ces points . Je viens de finir ma petite pièce que tu trouveras ci : http://petitcoeuramoi.over-blog.com/article-pin-tangle-week-3-97386824.html

  76. My feather stitch sample can be seen <a href="http://linsartyblobs.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-and-3m.html">here</a&gt;
    Thanks Sharon for including my work in last weeks highlights.

  77. Anni says:

    My embroidery with all 3 weeks stitch can be found here, thanks Sharon this is a great challenge.

    http://annisart.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-2012-embroidery-roll.html

  78. Sophie says:

    Bonjour à toutes! Voici mon devoir de la semaine! un grand plaisir à confectionner! que du bonheur bisous http://monparadismestresors.over-blog.com/article-take-a-stitch-tuesday-3-point-d-epine-97373979.html

  79. Gayle Schipper says:

    I am working on a new piece for the Feather Stitch, but NOTHING will top my Tessalating Fish Lips from TAST 1.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stitchintime/393448809/in/set-72157594458363108
    Gayle

  80. Nathalie L says:

    Thank you Sharon for the challenge, Miss Feather Stitch is born 😉 I like tuesday http://labastidane.fr/journal/?p=1771

  81. Marie says:

    Here's my Feather Stitch sample. I had fun with some beads this week:

    http://magicmoonmusings.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-2012-feather-stitch.html

    Thank you!

  82. Valerie L says:

    I was a bit surprised at what I figured out to do with this stitch. Although I enjoy using it–I didn't think there would be much variety that I could do with the stitch. I also realized how close to the buttonhole stitch this is.

    Here is my blogpost showing my embroidery: http://cantheleopardchangeherspots.blogspot.com/

    Thanks so much.

  83. Susan says:

    I'm not so sure I did it right, so I'll probably try more during this week if there's time, but for now, here's what I have so far: http://so-susan.blogspot.com/2012/01/internet-lies.html

  84. Romona says:

    Hi Sharon, My week 3 stitching is done. I have posted a picture on my blog for you. Sorry I forgot to add the link last time.. http://northbrookstitches.blogspot.com I hope you like it, Romona

  85. Cyndi L says:

    Truly one of my favorite stitches. I had to hold myself back a bit this afternoon to keep from simply decorating the entire rest of my quilt with it!
    http://www.beading-arts.com/2012/01/tast-week-3-feather-stitch.html

  86. Angela says:

    I got her done! I have added this stitch to two seams on a crazy quilt block. I love this stitch! http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.com/

  87. Annet says:

    Today I made an embroidery with all 3 stitches. I wrote about it here:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.com/2012/01/floral-spary-with-feather-stitch.html
    I’m sorry I there’s no link to Pintangle, I have some trouble with Blogger after upgrading my browser. I’ll add them later.

  88. Sue Utterback says:

    Here's my attempt at doing a feather stitch incorporated into a seam treatment on a challenge block I'm doing on one of the CQ lists. I used a variegated green thread from ThreadWorx for the feather stitch, then added some small beaded flowers using 7-8 beads of 3 seed bead colors. The seam is finished off with some SRE leaves. Hope you like it! Here's the link to my photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sue_u/6715060883/in/photostream/

    Sue

  89. Gisèle says:

    Je viens de mettre sur mon blog les 3 points du mardi
    J'aime beaucoup
    Merci et à la semaine prochaine

  90. Christina says:

    http://christinaroland.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-week-3.html Another first for me, another stitch and a whole new aproach. Free work for the first time in my life. I really enjoy this challenge because I'm learning a whole new craft this way. And I'm enjoying all that is still to learn as I watch other participants creating the most beautiful work.

  91. Rosemary Tweedie says:

    I have posted my combined effort for weeks 1 and 2 here:
    http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/profile/RosemaryTweedie
    Now my mind is busy planning for Feather stitch… perfect timing for my present project, but back to my ironing now:)

  92. konnykards says:

    Another stitch I have used and enjoyed in basic form for many years – 'up and down ' at
    http://konnykards-musingsofaseniorcitizen.blogspot.com/2010/07/tast-19-up-down-feather-stitch_12.html
    I think I'll try adding to it this time. Connie.

  93. chitra gangadharan says:

    Hi Sharon,
    the feather stitch sampler I did earlier is posted here.
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/tast-2012-week-3-feather-stitch-1/
    thank you,
    Chitra

  94. Hannah says:

    I like the look of this stitch!
    Here is my first attempts: http://lostseamstress.blogspot.com/2012/01/feather-stitch-tast.html
    I think I'm going to keep practicing and work on something more fancy!

  95. Kathy R says:

    Cannot wait to start stitching. This is a wonderful stitch.

  96. Liana D says:

    Funny, but I had this feeling this week's stitch would be FEATHER! I had even started thinking about how to use it in my sampler…
    many thanks.
    Liana D.

  97. Another stitch I did earlier: http://borduurblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/taksteek.html . In Dutch it is the "taksteek". Of course I am going to make something new as well.

  98. Annet says:

    I'm looking forward experimenting with the feather stitch again. This is my TAST 2007 feather stitch:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.com/2008/02/feather-stitch.html

  99. One of my favorite stitches. So beautiful.

  100. maneki says:

    Yay, another one of my favourite stitches! Not just because of the swedish name, kråkspark, that literally means crow kick. My fingers are already itching to start.

    Just wanted to show something I did a few months ago in a simple beaded version of feather stitch: http://wildrosesandblackberries.blogspot.com/2011/11/wip-feather-stitch-bracelet.html

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