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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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Feather Stitch Video Tutorial


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The feather stitch is a Great Stitch for creating vines and branches – anywhere you want something kind of twiggy and vine-like, the feather stitch will be of good use! It makes great “spray” backgrounds for floral embroidery, for example.

Feather Stitch Video Tutorial

You can use the feather stitch for fantastic underwater embroidery scenes, too – think branchy coral! Feather stitch works well as a seam treatment in crazy quilting as well.

Feather Stitch Video Tutorial

Feather stitch takes curves well. Just keep the center of the stitch on the design line, and you’ll not have any problem adapting the stitch to curved and wavy lines.

Here’s the video. I hope you enjoy it!

If you’re looking for other hand embroidery stitch tutorials, feel free to visit my collection of embroidery stitch videos here on Needle ‘n Thread!

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  1. Great videos! I am an embroidery newbie going to be making my first crazy quilt. I’ve done about a dozen or so other quilts but never a cq. Your videos will help a great deal when I get to that point. Thank you so much for posting them.

  2. Hi 🙂

    Thankyou so much for the demonstration.

    I have Dillmonte’s encyclopadia, and I love her designs – and a few more basic books – but I was just going nuts last night trying to figure out the feather stitch …..

    Megan, Australia

  3. wow this very helpful for bigginers like me but i wanted to download them and try them again at while paying the tutorial video can you help me how can i save them.

  4. Hi, Rahel –

    Sorry that the videos aren’t downloadable. If you have an iPod, you can actually download them from Google, I believe, but they aren’t downloadable to the computer.

    Sorry about that!


  5. Hi,

    I'm new at embroidery and your videos have been extremely helpful. I'm not to good with diagrams so I was extremly grateful to find your site. I think of all of the stitches I've tried so far this one is my favorite.

    1. Hi, Consie – I’m afraid I don’t have a video on turning corners with feather stitch. It might be a good one to add to the list, though! Thanks! ~MC

  6. I’ve been trying to get this stitch down from looking at various pictures and images…. Your video saved me! 🙂

  7. Thank you so very much for this wonderful tutorial. I have shied away from this stitch for years. I couldn’t figure it out in my mind. It makes sense now!!!


  8. I am edging a receiving blanket for my grand-daughter with the feather stitch but don’t know how to go around a corner to make it look neat.

  9. Great Videos! My D.T teacher shows them in our school, we are doing beanbags and we are using applique and embroidery.

  10. I am totally new to hand embroidery stitch’s. I have crossed stitched only so this is a brain challenge for me. I watched several videos other places but yours was clear to me. A friend on QuiltingHaven.com suggested you to me. thank u and her

  11. What easy and understandable directions! I couldn’t get it following my book, bust after watching half of the video, I was able to get it immediately! Thanks!

  12. Awesome videos! thanks for posting them. I am in a club called keepers, and I have to get my embroidery badge. Whenever I don’t know a stitch, I go to this website and it helps me. Thanks!

  13. Hi Mary, I just wanted to congratulate you on a fabulous website, I have been looking for different stitches and each time I end up on your site and always find the information I am looking for. Keep up the good work and happy sewing. Kind Regards Angie x

  14. Mary, is there a good distance I should be expanding the outside lines from the centre line?

    I’ve tried with 1/8″ on either side of the line and then 1/4″ and my stitches just pull to the centre. I have a straight diagonal line on the right hand side and then a straight diagonal line on the left. The centre thread lays on the centre line. Nothing curvy like yours.

    My goal is to have them look like yours.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Eva McCormack

  15. A very simple stitch thanks to your video! I am a beginner, barely, have all the tools, books etc. but your video for Feather stitch was so helpful! I was trying to learn this stitch via book, struggling for sure, not understanding the “Loop” part. Watched your video and had an aha! moment! Thank you! I’ll be watching your “How To” videos from now on! Wonderful resource!

  16. Hi Mary, I have question, your business card that has what looks like a fly stitch in pale green with red French knots on the end of the “wings” and it looks like woven couching lavendar and red on it. I just love this stitch and have been searching the website to find it and learn how to do it. It’s the woven couching I don’t understand how to do. Can you point me in the right direction? As always I love your web site and have 3 of your project kits I am working on. I want to put this stitch on one of the floral tea towels which I am using as a sort of sampler.
    Thank you, Deborah

    1. Hi, Deborah – I don’t have access to my business cards at the moment (I have a variety of images on my cards – 50, to be exact!), but I’m pretty certain the image you’re talking about is a close-up of one of the letters from my e-book, Stitch Sampler Alphabet. If you’re looking for a variety of creative composite stitches, you’ll find a nice collection in there! That’s not couching – it’s whipped stitching in different directions. Hope that helps!

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