The double feather stitch is another one of those great embroidery stitches that work well for vines, branches, foliage and the like. Double feather stitch works well for crazy quilt seams, for decorative borders, for floral embroidery, and the like. You can mix up double feather stitch and regular feather stitch to achieve a looser, free-flowing feather stitch. Or you can keep a more rigid approach to the double feather stitch and end up with an airy zig-zag line.
In the photo above, the double feather stitch is the green stitch, and it is worked rigidly, following the exact form of the stitch. I used a #12 perle cotton for that sample, worked on a white 20L Italian linen.
In this photo, using floche on white linen, I’ve combined double feather stitch and feather stitch, working a rather random, free-form vine.
In the video below, I started with five parallel vertical lines drawn on the fabric, so that you can see the form and movement of the double feather stitch, but once you get the hang of the stitch, you’ll want to work it without the lines, because the lines can’t really be covered up by the stitch.
Here’s the video:
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