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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Double Feather Stitch Video Tutorial


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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.

Double Feather Stitch Video

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.

Double Feather and Feather Stitch

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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  1. hi friend…,
    It’s really a great idea to share your skills with us.

    I saw few of your video stiches and i tried them. They work nicely.
    I dont know even fundamentals before this but now iam intresting to learn these works only because of your presentation.simply supurb.
    Thank You so much.

  2. I am trying to hand embroidery a face on a fairy and it is driving me mad. I do not understand how to not make it look like a scull or hollow looking. I am going to try the split stitch and see what it looks like. I have never done anything so elaborate before and now I know why.

    Thank you for your time
    E’loise Root

  3. Hi Mary, I love all your posts so thank you for them all. I’ve tried to sign up for your newsletter but neither the email at the top of this comment nor my other (gmail) address was accepted. It just kept saying invalid email address – and I tried several times. Can you help? Thanks and sorry to use this method to ask for help with this problem.

  4. Thank you a lot!! Great videos! I am learning a lot by picking this up again. I stink at it for now, but, getting there.
    Pat, in NJ

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