Feather and Chain stitch

Feather and Chain stitch

Many stitches can be combined to create new stitches and Feather and Chain stitch is an interesting instance of this. The stitch is a combination of chain 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 work Feather and Chain stitch

Feather and Chain stitch tutorial step 1Work from top to bottom.  Start by working two feather stitches on the diagonal.

Feather and Chain stitch tutorial step 2Insert your needle at the base of the second feather stitch and wrap the thread under your needle (as you do for Chain Stitch) .

Feather and Chain stitch tutorial step 3Pull your needle through and the thread will form a chain stitch. Can you see why we call it Feather and Chain stitch?

Feather and Chain stitch tutorial step 4Continue with feather stitch moving towards the right side of the row.

Feather and Chain stitch tutorial step 5Work down the row working the second feather stitch.

Feather and Chain stitch tutorial step 6Continue this pattern until the row of Feather and Chain stitch is complete.

There are many possibilities with this combination. For instance, you can vary the length of the chain stitch or work rows back-to-back. You can adapt many of the variations of both chain stitch and feather stitch to this stitch which can lead to further explorations and fun. Variations on variations which lead to creating interesting effects.

I hope you enjoy this stitch!

Have you seen my book?

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My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated, aiming to be both practical and inspiring.

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As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery, I designed these templates with fellow stitchers in mind. You can use them to create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box. And we laser cut them in our own studio to ensure the highest quality.

To see what they look like, find out about the free ebook of patterns that come with them visit the information pages. You can find out more about set 1 on this page . To find out more about set 2 visit this page
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  1. Hi Sharon B
    Please would you send me your continued stitches from week 13 of the Beyond TAST . I receive your emails for the TAST stitch every week but cannot get on your email list for Beyond TAST. I started on your fantastic stitch journey at the beginning of the year and am enjoying it very much.
    Thank you from Sharon S in Jersey in the Channel Islands in the U.K.

  2. I just love crazy patch and embroidery. Your templates are a great idea. However there are a lot of left handed embroiderers, we struggle to turn instructions around to produce a stitch. Instructions for left and right would be gold.

    Lesley purcell

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