Many stitches can be combined to create new stitches and Feather and Chain stitch is an interesting instance where this has happened. This is a combination of chain stitch and feather stitch so if you are a beginner you will need to know both. Follow the links if you need a refresher as both of these stitches are online in my stitch dictionary.
In this variation the first half of the V formation is worked in feather stitch and the second half is worked in chain stitch. The step by step demonstration is worked in DMC 5 pearl thread on Aida cloth.
How to hand embroider Feather and Chain stitch
Work from top to bottom. Start by working two feather stitches on the diagonal.
Insert your needle at the base of the second feather stitch and wrap the thread under your needle (as you do for Chain Stitch) .
Pull your needle though and the thread will form a chain stitch. Can you see why it is called Feather and Chain stitch?
Continue with feather stitch moving towards the right side of the row.
Work down the row working the second feather stitch.
Continue this pattern until the row of Feather and Chain stitch is complete.
There are many possibilities with this combination. For instance to can vary the length of the chain stitch or work rows back to back. Many of the variations of both chain stitch and feather stitch can be adapted to this stitch which can lead to further explorations and fun. Variations on variations which lead to creating interesting effects.
I hope you enjoy Feather and Chain stitch!
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