Craft Tutorial- Embroidery Stitches
A couple of months ago I wrote a tutorial for doing Buttonhole or Blanket Stitch. Today’s tutorial is another embroidery stitch, Feather Stitch. Feather Stitch, which is also known as Coral stitch, is a variety of buttonhole/blanket stitch.
Feather Stitch is an useful decorative stitch and can be found in hand smocking and crazy patchwork. The feathery line can be stitched straight, around curves and be embellished with French Knots, Lazy Daisy and Beads. It is also possible to alter the effect completely by altering the spacing of each finished stitch.
Secure your thread at the back of fabric.
Bring needle to front of fabric at (a).
Leave a little slack in the thread, hold this with your finger. Reinsert the needle at (b).
Bring needle to front at (c).
Leave a little slack and holding this re-insert the needle at (d).
Bring needle to front at (e).
Leave a little slack and holding this re-insert the needle at (f).
Bring needle to front at (g).
Each subsequent stitch secures the previous one. When you are first learning it is useful to mark four parallel lines with a water dissolvable marker. This will help you stitch even feathers. I’m sure that after a little practice this stitch will become a firm favourite.
This post was first published here on 26th September 2011.