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. If you are a beginner you will need to know both stitches. 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

Step 1Work from top to bottom.  Start by working two feather stitches on the diagonal.

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) .

Step 3Pull your needle through and the thread will form a chain stitch.

Step 4Continue with feather stitch moving towards the right side of the row.

Step 5Work down the row working the second feather stitch.

Feather and Chain stitch Continue 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 which can lead to further explorations and fun. Variations on variations which lead to creating interesting effects.

I hope you enjoy this stitch!

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Enjoy your stitching!



  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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