How to hand embroider Inverted Feather Stitch

This stitch is called Inverted feather stitch but it is very unlike a feather stitch. I found this stitch was found in an old fashioned stitch book by Anne Butler called Embroidery Stitches The stitch looks good worked in a thread that has a firm twist to it such as cotton perle. For the sample I used cotton perle #5. If you use thicker threads it makes a wonderful braid like edge which is great for things like the edge  of fabric postcards, Artist trading cards, or you can use it on the edge of things like needle books etc.

The stitch follows a curve well and if you work it in an open manner can be combined with beads or worked row upon row to make patterns.

How to work Inverted feather stitch

This stitch is worked best between two parallel lines from top to bottom.

Inverted feather stitch

Bring your needle out on the right hand side of the line. Take the needle across to the left-hand side, of the line and insert it as illustrated.


With the needle pointed straight down and emerging on the left line have the thread wrapped under the needle and then pull the needle through the fabric to make a V like stitch with the straight edge sitting on the left-hand side of your line.


Move to the right hand side of the stitch pass the needle under the right hand side crossbar of the V.

Do not go through the fabric just pass the needle under the crossbar. Pull most of the thread through but not all leave a bit of thread loose so that you can work the next part of the stitch with ease.


Insert the needle at the top left-hand side and angling the needle diagonally across the back of your work to have the needle emerge on the right hand side and wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through.


You have made the first part of Inverted Feather stitch. inverted-feather-step-6

Continue in this way down the line inverted-feather-step-7

I hope you enjoy the stitch.

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