Feather Stitch hand embroidery

Feather Stitch

Feather stitch is a decorative surface embroidery stitch created by positioning the loops of Fly stitches one under the other in an offset manner. This technique creates a decorative line that can be straight or curved.

Other names of the Feather Stitch

Feather Stitch has many alternative names, such as Single Coral Stitch, Briar (Brier) stitch, Point Anglaise, and Point D’epine stitch.

Feather Stitch embroidery with green threads
Feather Stitch embroidery with green pearl cotton and embroidery floss
Feather Stitch embroidery Rear side
Rear side of the sampler

Applications of the Feather Stitch

Feather Stitch is a versatile and antique embroidery technique that is used in various styles, from traditional Crewelwork to intricate Stumpwork, Ribbon embroidery, and even Crazy Quilting.

In modern surface embroidery, the Feather stitch technique is used in botanical embroidery for decorative outlines or borders.

For those who love to experiment, try combining Feather Stitch with other decorative techniques like the Detached Chain stitch, French knots, or Bullion knots. This creative fusion can lead to unique and stunning designs, whether you’re creating original plants or elaborate embellishments.

Some variations of the Feather Stitch

  • Double Feather Stitch
  • Maidenhair Stitch
  • Closed Feather Stitch

Learn how to embroider Feather Stitch

Follow the step-by-step tutorial with detailed photos below, and you will learn the Feather Stitch quickly. If you are a visual learner, watch a video lesson in the tutorial or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel to learn this hand embroidery technique faster.

Feather Stitch embroidery small image

How to embroider Feather Stitch

Step-by-step hand embroidery tutorial


1. Mark four parallel lines on the fabric.

Feather Stitch Step1

2. Take the needle up on the left top corner and make a stitch to the third line. Leave the loop of the working thread open.

Feather Stitch Step2

3. Take the needle up on the second line, one stitch below and inside the loop.

Feather Stitch Step3

4. Pull the thread to close the loop. Make a stitch to the fourth line. Leave the loop open.

Feather Stitch Step4

5. Take the needle up on the third mark, one stitch below and inside the loop.

Feather Stitch Step5

6. Close the loop and make a stitch to the first mark.

Feather Stitch Step6

7. Continue adding these offset Fly stitches until the design is done.

Feather Stitch Step7

Video tutorial

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Tools and materials I used for this sampler

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Embroidery fabric cotton linen neutral colors Etsy
Embroidery fabric
DMC Pearl Cotton #8 thread on Etsy
DMC Pearl Cotton #8
DMC Embroidery Floss Etsy
DMC Embroidery Floss
Beechwood embroidery hoops Etsy
Embroidery hoop
Bohin Embroidery Needles Etsy
Bohin Embroidery Needles
Embroidery Scissors Etsy
Embroidery Scissors

What’s next?

If you’re in the mood to explore more hand embroidery stitches, check out the Stitches and Techniques page for the list of other fantastic stitches available on my blog. From timeless classics to modern twists, a whole world of stitches is waiting for you to explore and master. So, grab your hoop and needle, and let’s stitch our way to creative bliss!

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