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Working the Feathered Chain Stitch
Working the Feathered Chain Stitch

Working the Feathered Chain Stitch

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

The Feathered Chain Stitch is a decorative hand embroidery stitch that utilizes detached chain stitches arranged in a zig-zag pattern as if working the feather stitch, forming a hybridized stitch.

This highly textured surface embroidery stitch is wider than a standard chain stitch, making it perfect for use in wide bands and rows. It looks beautiful framing an embroidered band on a towel, or when used around the sides of a tablecloth spacing it about 5 inches from the edges.

To work the feathered chain stitch, pre-mark parallel lines as stitch guides using a water-soluble fabric marking pen. The lines will be removed after the embroidery has been completed.

Insert the needle into the fabric at 1 and bring the needle up through the fabric at 2. Wrap the thread under the needle and insert the tip of the needle into the fabric at 3. You have formed a single, detached chain stitch with an elongated anchor stitch that is worked diagonally from the lower right to the upper left, centered in the lower half of the marked lines.

Next, bring the needle up through the fabric at 4 and repeat to make the second stitch. This stitch is worked from the upper right to the lower left in the upper half of the marked lines.

Repeat these steps across the entire row to work a band of stitches.

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