Feather Stitch

Feather stitch is also known as Briar Stitch and Single Coral Stitch. It is a decorative line stitch which can be used on plain or evenweave fabrics for borders and straight or curved lines. Feather stitch is also used as an edging stitch and for appliqué and crazy patchwork. It makes a lovely feathery line which once mastered is quick to do!

Ok to work Feather stitch you begin at the top and work downwards. If you find it easier mark three lines with fabric pen to act as a guide as we have done in the photographs below. First bring your needle up at 1 and then down at 2 and up at 3, with your thread beneath the needle. Try to keep the distance between 1 and 2 equal to the distance between 2 and 3. Pull the needle through. Next take your needle down at 4 and up at 5 again with the thread beneath the needle. Pull through. Continue to create stitches working from right to left. When you get to the end of your line finish the last loop with a small stitch below as for chain stitch. Have a go in different thread thicknesses or maybe layer rows over each other to create dense foliage or coral effects. You could also add other stitches like French knots to create a rambling rose effect.


  1. I love your site. Thanks, Lorraine


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