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Working the Basic Feather Stitch
Working Feather Stitches and Variations

Working the Feather Stitch

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

The feather stitch and its variations are used in surface embroidery to create airy lines of stitching along curves or straight lines. It can be marked on the fabric or worked as a counted stitch. It's one of he most basic and popular embroidery stitches that can be used to create an edging, used as a surface embroidery stitch, or to stitch elements in place on an embroidery project. It is worked using open half-loops of stitching in single or multiple rows.

It can also be used along fabric edges as an edge finish, or to attach appliques.

To work the feather stitch, bring the needle up through the fabric at the top left side (1) and down at the right (2), creating a loop on top of the embroidery fabric.

Bring the needle up again near the center of the loop you just created, a short distance lower than the first loop (3) and down again to the right (4).

Continue working interlocking loops to the desired length.

To create a straight-sided version of the stitch, see the next page.

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