How to hand Embroider Spanish Feather Stitch

Spanish Feather Stitch is also listed in stitch dictionaries as Spanish knotted feather stitch and known as twisted zigzag chain stitch. It’s an interesting stitch for some a challenging stitch for others. It creates a wide, ornamental line that can look like a braid particularly if you use a thicker thread or a yarn such as a chainette. It can feel awkward at first but once you get in a rhythm however it is OK.

Before you try this stitch do learn twisted chain as this stitch is a variety of twisted chain stitch.

How to work Spanish Feather Stitch

Work Spanish feather stitch downwards, along three imaginary parallel lines. If you want to keep the line straight, it is sometimes useful to mark them on the fabric with a pen that will dissolve with water.

Spanish feather stitchBring your thread through from the back of the fabric and angle the needle so that the needle emerges diagonally  to the left  as seen in the illustration. Wrap your thread over the top of the needle and then under the needle as illustrated.

Spanish feather stitch 2Pull the needle through the fabric and you will see that the stitch formed looks like a twisted chain stitch worked at an angle.
Spanish feather stitch step 3Place your needle just above the twist of the stitch near where your thread first emerged from the fabric.
Spanish feather stitch 4Have your needle point exit the fabric on the right side of the line but below where you started, as illustrated.

Spanish feather stitch 5Wrap the thread over and under the needle to form the second twisted stitch. Pull your thread through and you will have a pair of twisted chain stitches worked in a zig-zag fashion.

Spanish feather stitch 6Continue down the line back and forth until you have reached the bottom.

Each time you work a stitch make sure your needle enters the fabric just above the previous crossed thread.

As you can see the loops create a knotted look at the edges of the row.

This stitch is easier to work with a twisted thread, such as pearl cotton but do experiment with other threads. Spanish feather stitch is extremely versatile and full of personality!
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6 Responses to How to hand Embroider Spanish Feather Stitch

  1. farah deeba says:

    hi Sharon ,sample of my earlier work is here. http://needlwork.blogspot.com/2013_01_01_arcihve.html thank you

  2. Hi Sharon,
    I have started with this week’s stitch sampler-
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2013/34-82-spanish-feather-stitch/
    Thank you,
    Chitra

  3. Carol Harper says:

    Try as I might, I couldn’t make it look like your photos, nor could I make a second try look like my first. Guess I will need to tackle it again at a later date, when I’m not so sleepy… http://210920746822434353.weebly.com/1/post/2013/09/take-a-stitch-tuesday-2013-82.html

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