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Feather stitch is one of the most unique, beautiful and basic forms of embroidery stitch.  It is a series of interconnected V’s in a linear or curve manner. Also known as Cretan stitch or faggoting stitch are embroidery techniques made of open, looped stitches worked alternately to the right and left of a central rib. 

The feather stitch is very popular in use on borders and outlines. There can be many variations and uses of this method in the world of embroidery, but the basics are the key.


  • An embroidery hoop
  • Sewing needles of different sizes (as per need)
  • Pencil
  • Small scissors
  • Small pieces of cotton fabric
  • Normal cotton thread
  • Ruler

Here we got you the step by step guide to get working the Feather stitch.

  1. If you are a beginner, then it is recommended to draw 4 straight parallel lines on the practice fabric. Feather stitch is done from the top to down, and alternates slanting stitches on each side of the lines.
  2. Bring up the needle from the bottom side of the fabric through one of the middle lines. Now put the needle through the farthest side lines and bring it up again through the nearest middle line from it.
  3. Now simply repeat the same process with the other two lines, and here is your first Feather stitch!

The most common project of the Feather stitch is making tree branches.

So, let us look at some variations and methods for making some gorgeous tree branches in embroidery by using the Feather stitch method.

Double Feather stitch

You may make more than one stitch on each side before moving across to the other, producing double and triple variations. 

Crossed Feather stitch

After completing your row of straight feather stitches, after that you can fill in the gaps on the next row with the same thread/colour or to use a different contrasting colour. This can be a contrast of colour or thread texture.

Adding other stitching techniques

You may use other embroidery stitching methods combined with feather stitching to create a  single piece of art. You may use french knots, straight stitches, etc. 

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