How Hand Embroider Triangular Feather Stitch

Triangular Feather Stitch is a variety of feather stitch. I am sure my readers who do crazy quilting will find it interesting and it is a fun stitch to add a bead to.

How to work Triangular Feather Stitch

I found Triangular feather stitch in a book by Edith John titled Creative Stitches. It is a quick stitch to work once you get in the rhythm of it. I am sure it is a very versatile stitch too as it is a member of the feather stitch family!

To work this stitch you need a basic working knowledge of feather stitch.

Triangular Feather Stitch step 1

Work this stitch between two imaginary parallel lines from top to bottom.

To start this stitch work two regular feather stitches.  Bring your needle out on the right hand side of the line. Move to the left and insert your needle with the point emerging directly below as illustrated.

Triangular Feather Stitch step 2

With the thread under the needle pull your needle through.This completes your first single feather stitch. Move downward and to the left and make another single feather stitch.

Triangular Feather Stitch step 3Take your needle to the right and insert it where your thread emerged on the first feather stitch. Look at the illustration and position the needle as illustrated. The needle should emerges on the right hand side and lower than the base of the second feather stitch.

Triangular Feather Stitch step 4With the thread under the needle pull your needle through.

Triangular Feather Stitch Continue this way down the line. It looks a little complex but once in the swing of it you will find it easy.

I hope you enjoy Triangular Feather Stitch

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TAST Week 3 Stitch Highlights

Well it’s that time of week again where once again I sit down to try and make some sort of decision on what to highlight this week.

It is always a delightful task but a very hard decission. I am sure readers who are aware of my band sampler and read those posts will understand why Anni’s  Embroidery Roll from over on Fabric and Mixed Media Art delighted my eye and pleased me so. I decided to lead this article with her project.

Make a cuppa, settle down to browse the sites I have chosen and learn by seeing what others have done. I hope these articles on the  highlights emphasise to readers that is really is worth visiting the links people leave in the comments on the weekly TAST challenge post 


When I introduced the stitch, I said patterning was something you could do with feather stitch and to demonstrate the point these tessellating fish from stitchintime on flickr are not to be missed.

You can also see some great patterning created with this stich over on My Cuddly Quilt 

Over on Wild Roses and Blackberries this simple treatment produces a lovely band

Severine Allais over on Stitchin Fingers used a variety of threads to produce this image 

Over on Ella’s Craft Creations this Mandala is a lovely treatment of feather stitch

At The Smallest Forrest a combination of Typography and embroidery is being features each week. Dont miss these little visual delights.

As I have said once again I had real trouble picking out highlights from the collection of stitches that people worked last week.  I hope you enjoy seeing the work I have featured but dont forget to pay a visit to the links left in the comments of week 3

Further information on the FAQ page

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Feather Stitch

Feather stitch sampleFeather stitch is a wonderfully versatile, decorative, surface embroidery stitch that is also known as single coral stitch and briar stitch. Feather stitch is found extensively on traditional English smocks, Dorset embroidery and on crazy quilts.

Feather stitch sample on crazy quilting 1The traditional uses of feather stitch are easily given a contemporary twist particularly if you use modern variegated threads or add a bead or two. In this sample I added cast-on stitch to the arms of feather stitch

Feather stitch sample on crazy quilting 2Keep the center of the stitch on the curved line you want to follow and you will find that Feather stitch will sit on a  curve easily. This ability to hold a curve means the stitch ideal to use in any motif that is organic in feel, such as, floral sprays, vines and twisting twiggy like stems. It also looks great in underwater scenes as the flowing lines are very suitable to represent corals and seaweed.

Feather stitch sample underwater marine sceneFeather stitch can vary greatly depending on the width of space between the two tops of Y, angle of your needle, spacing changes in the the length of stitches and regularity of stitches.

Feather stitch sample 1It really is one of those stitches you can experiment with for years and still discover new ways of using it. As you can see in the sample above I have worked 3 arms to one side and 3 to the other creating a totally different look to the stitch.

Feather stitch sample 3

In the top part of this sample ( above) I added a detached chain stitch to the ends of the arms and then worked a second row of the pattern to create a fill or complex border. You can also work it row against row to create wonderful patterns and designs.

Feather stitch sample 2

Instructions on how to work feather stitch 

When working this stitch imagine or mark with a dissolvable pen 4 parallel lines.

Step by step instructions for feather stitch 1Bring the thread up through the fabric at the top left of where you want to create the stitch. Hold the thread down with the left thumb and insert the needle to the right and a level of where the thread emerged. Make a stitch on a downward angle so that the needle emerges between the two points as illustrated. With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric to make the stitch.

Step by step instructions for feather stitch 2Insert the needle to the left and a level of where the thread emerged. Make a stitch on a downward angle so that the needle emerges between the two points as illustrated. With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric to make the next stitch.

Step by step instructions for feather stitch 3Work these movements alternatively down the line.

Step by step instructions for feather stitch 4Hopefully there will not be too many tangles!

Feather stitch sample on crazy quilting 3


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My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement to direct your viewers eye around the block are covered in detail. I also explain how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

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My templates aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. Designed by an embroiderer for embroiderers. With them you can create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my stitchers Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

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