Straight Sided, Crossed and Plaited Feather stitch tutorial

Both Crossed and Plaited Feather stitch both have a foundation of Straight sided feather stitch. So it makes sense to group them together in this tutorial. They are also related to Turkman stitch. As you can see the differences in these stitches is either the angle you hold the needle at and/or spacing. I am sure crazy quilters will enjoy these varieties of feather stitch as they can be further decorated with stitches and beads. They also look really very effect if you work them one a ribbon or if you use contrasting threads. My samples are worked in cotton perle #5

How to work straight sided feather stitch

Straight sided feather stitch is worked between two imaginary parallel lines. Like regular feather stitch stitch is worked swinging back and forth, from side to side. Straight Sided Feather stitch 1Bring the needle out at the top of the line and reinsert it a little to the right but on the same level. Make a small stitch downward, so that the needle point appears on the right hand side of the line. Straight Sided Feather stitch 2Keeping the thread under the needle point, pull the thread through the fabric to make the first stitch. In line with the base of the V you have just made, insert the needle on the left side of the line,  and make a small vertical stitch downward positioning the needle so that the point reappears on the left line. Straight Sided Feather stitch 3 Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. Work these movements alternatively down the line to complete the first row of straight sided feather stitch.

Straight Sided Feather stitch 4How to work Crossed Feather stitch

To work crossed feather stitch you offset by one stitch a second row of straight sided feather stitch. I have worked the second row in a different coloured thread so readers can see how it works. Crossed Feather Stitch 1 Bring your thread out on the top left side of the line, as illustrated. Take the needle upward to make a vertical back stitch. Bring the tip out at the point where your thread emerged, as illustrated. Crossed Feather Stitch 2Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. This stitch is here so that you can  start the row neatly. In line with the base of the V, insert the needle on the right side and make a small vertical stitch with the needle point emerging from the fabric on the right side as illustrated. Crossed Feather Stitch 3 Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. Crossed Feather Stitch 4Move to the left side and repeat these movements alternatively down the line.

Crossed Feather Stitch 5 How to work Plaited feather stitch

Plaited feather stitch is very similar to Crossed feather stitch except on every second stitch you thread your yarn under the cross bar of the first row of stitches. I have worked the second row in a different coloured thread so readers can see how it works. Start Plaited feather stitch by working a line of straight sided feather stitch and start the second row with a vertical straight stitch as illustrated in above. Plaited Feather Stitch 1 Next, insert the needle on the right side of line, in line with the base of the V  and make a small vertical stitch in a downward motion so that the needle point emerges as illustrated. Plaited Feather Stitch 2Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. Before you move to the left see of the line, thread your needle under the cross bar as illustrated. Pull the thread through. Plaited Feather Stitch 3 Move to the left side and make another straight sided feather stitch.  Repeat these movements alternatively down the line weaving the thread under the cross bar every second stitch. Both these stitches are simple but versatile and can be very effective if you experiment with different yarns. Plaited Feather Stitch 4 Follow Pintangle and have it delivered to your inbox

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11 Responses to Straight Sided, Crossed and Plaited Feather stitch tutorial

  1. Hi Sharon,
    I have posted twisted satin stitch sampler on my blog-
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2013/41-89-twisted-satin-stitch/
    I tried to post the link on your TAST 89,90 post but couldn’t.
    I am hoping with all the changes you are making, you’ll continue with your TAST challenge.
    Thank you
    Chitra

  2. Carol Harper says:

    I like this stitch too… of course, I have to remember when I’m doing plaited to go UNDER, but perhaps that wouldn’t be an issue if I hadn’t just stitched crossed! LOL

    Plaited doesn’t show up too well — the threads I used were so much lighter in color than for the other two.

    http://210920746822434353.weebly.com/1/post/2013/11/take-a-stitch-tuesday-2013-stitches-91-92-and-93.html

  3. Annet says:

    Blogger didn’t let me upload photos yesterday, but here’s my weekly post with old straight, crossed and plaited feather stitches:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2013/11/old-straight-crossed-and-plaited.html

  4. Angela says:

    Sharon, thank you for the instructions for the crossed plaited feather stitch. I really enjoyed learning it. I am saving the plaited stitch for next week.
    http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.ca/

  5. I like this stitch, it’s easy and quick and I know just where I’m gonna use it today on something I’m making. Thank you for all the work and time you put into doing this blog.
    Smiles to you.
    Linda.
    http://ladycobblestones.blogspot.com/

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