Beaded Feathered Chain Stitch Tutorial

Beaded feathered chain stitch is worked in the same manner as Feathered Chain Stitch but you thread beads on to the tail as readers can see by the illustrations.

How to work Beaded stitches tip!

With this stitch the beading is done during the stitching process not added afterward. The trick is use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.

How to hand embroider Beaded feathered chain stitch

Check out the  Feathered chain stitch tutorial  before doing the beaded variety of this stitch. The main thing is that you understand the mechanics of the stitch. If you have not worked it before it is a good idea to work a line or so of Feathered Chain Stitch so that you have it down before adding beads to the process. It is not hard to add beads to stitches but trying to learn a stitch and add beads at the same time can lead to tangles and frustration. It does go smoother if you know the basic stitch before you work this variety. That said, this the beaded variety is very easy to work.

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step1Create a long tail chain stitch worked at an angle.

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 2Thread 2 or 3 seed beads or a bugle bead on to the working thread before taking the needle to the back of the fabric.

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 3Bring the needle up close to where the thread goes into the fabric on the previous stitch and create a chain stitch.

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 3Once again thread beads on your working thread before taking it to the back of your fabric

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 5Repeat the process along the line.

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 6This last sample is single units of beaded long tail chain stitch. You can find more beaded varieties in this tutorial here

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 7

As Always I hope you enjoy this beaded variety!

Feathered Chain Stitch and Long Tail Chain stitch

Feathered Chain Stitch is made up of long tailed chain stitch worked in a zig zag manner. Long tail chain is simply a chain stitch with a long tie stitch.  If you are beginner you need to be able to work chain stitch before doing this variety.

Each long tail chain stitch is worked on a diagonal slant, alternating from left and right. I find it easier to work this stitch from top to bottom between two imaginary lines bit if you want neat zigzag line some people find it useful to mark the fabric with two parallel guide-lines.

How to work Long Tail Chain stitch

Feathered chain stitch step 1Bring the needle up through the fabric on the right hand line. Insert the needle back into where it emerged from and take it through the fabric bringing the point of the needle diagonally across the line as illustrated. The needle should point towards the left.

Feathered chain stitch step 2Wrap under the needle point as you would for chain stitch and pull the needle through. On the same diagonal line tie the chain down with a long straight stitch. The tie stitch should finish on the left hand line.

When this stitch is worked in a single unit it is called a long tailed chain. I think readers can see why. You can arrange long tailed chain stitch is all sorts of ways. Circles are a common pattern as they then look like flower petals. There are also varieties that weave the spokes created by long tail chain when arranged in a circle.

You can find some of these varieties illustrated here

How to work Feathered Chain stitch

hand embroidery Feathered chain stitch step 3To make the second stitch bring the needle up through the fabric on the left hand imaginary line, close to the end of the tie stitch. Have a thread or two between where the tie stitch went into the fabric and where your needle emerges.

Feathered chain stitch step4Work another long tail chain stitch pointing back towards the right hand imaginary line.

Feathered chain stitch step 5Continue in this zig-zag motion downwards.

Feathered chain stitch step 6

This is not a true feather stitch as such but that is what it is referred to in books. I think of it as zig zag chain stitch. Hope you enjoy this stitch.