Knotted Feather Stitch is another versatile variation of feather stitch. If you have not worked Feather stitch before or a bit unsure you might want to refresh your memory on a fabric scrap using the tutorial on feather stitch .
I have seen this stitch referred to a thorn stitch (there are about 5 different stitches referred to as thorn stitch) and knotted chained feather. I found it listed in Edith John’s Creative stitches as Knotted Feather. Since this name made sense to me that is what I call it.
How to work Knotted Feather Stitch
Work this stitch from top to bottom. For beginners it is useful to imagine 4 parallel lines when working this stitch. You may find it useful to mark the fabric with guide-lines using a water dissolvable marker or fade out fabric marker otherwise practice the stitch on Aida cloth.
Insert the needle a little to the right on the same level and make a small stitch in a downward motion so that the needle point appears on the centre line, keeping the thread under the needle point pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch.
Wrap the thread under the needle point as you would if working a chain stitch.
Pull the needle under the foundation thread so that you are working a small chain stitch on the bar.
Make a small V stitch so that the needle point comes out at the base on the centre line. Keeping the thread wrapped under the needle point, pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch.
Pass the needle under the thread of the right side of the V shape. Do not pick up any fabric.
Pull the needle under the foundation thread.
The spacing between the arms and spine length can create ornate patterns and effects.
This stitch it is very effective worked in a thread with firm twist such as DMC perle #5 or #8. To work this sample I used a hand dyed perle #5 multicolour thread.
A more decorative line can be created with the use of beads, or you can add an extra detached chain between the arms or at the top of each spine.
I think it is a variety that many crazy quilters will like as it is a quick stitch to work but a little bit different. Below is an example of Kotted Feather stitch used in crazy quilting. The thread is a hand dyed perle #5 cotton. I added bugle beads after working the stitch.