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Feather Stitch

| This stitch is best for: Filling in designs, borders, finishing the edges of fabric or creating decorative elements like flowers

The Feather Stitch is a versatile embroidery stitch that can be used for a variety of decorative and functional purposes. It is a simple and easy-to-learn stitch that can be used to create delicate and intricate designs, as well as bold and graphic patterns. This stitch is often used in surface embroidery to create leaf shapes, feather motifs, and decorative borders. It is also a popular stitch for embellishing clothing and home decor items. With this training guide, you’ll learn how to master the Feather Stitch and add it to your embroidery repertoire.

How to do the Feather Stitch

  1. Start the stitch: Bring the needle up through the fabric at the beginning of the line you want to stitch.
  2. Stitch sideways: Take the needle down through the fabric a short distance beside (about 1/4 inch or 0.6cm) where you started, either to the right or to the left. As you pull the thread to tighten, hold the working thread with your non-dominant hand to make sure there is a short length of thread left over to form a loop.
  3. Stitch downwards: Bring the needle up through the fabric a short distance (about 1/4 inch or 0.6cm) below and between the first two stitches. Loop the thread over the needle to catch it in place. This will now be the starting point of your next feather stitch, and you should continue in the opposite direction than in Step 2.
  4. Repeat: Follow steps 2-3 to continue filling out the feather stitch design, always alternating between going to the left and right.
  5. End the stitch: Finish the stitch by taking the needle to the back of the fabric and tying a knot to secure it.


  • Experiment with different thread colors to create unique effects.
  • Keep your stitches even for a neat and professional look.
  • Use a hoop to keep your fabric taut and your stitches even.
  • Try varying the distance between your stitches to create different effects.