Feather-stitching is used for ornamenting garments, etc

Materials

A long-eyed needle, a knot of split zephyr, and a piece of canvas.

Fig. 91.

Fig. 91. - a, Showing single feather-stitches, taken on a line with the threads of the cloth; b, showing double feather-stitches, taken on a line with the threads of the cloth; c, showing single featherstitches, taken slanting across the threads of the cloth; d, showing double feather-stitches, taken slanting across the threads of the cloth; e, showing treble feather-stitches, taken slanting across the threads of the cloth.

1. Work towards you, holding the canvas over the left forefinger.

2. Draw the needle through from underneath at the upper left-hand corner (Fig. 91, b).

3. From the place where the zephyr comes out, count two threads to the right, insert the needle, and pointing it towards you take up two threads of the canvas.

4. Draw the needle out over the zephyr, which is held down by the thumb.

5. From the place where the zephyr comes out, count two threads to the right, and take a stitch as before.

6. From the place where the zephyr comes out, count two threads to the left, and take a stitch, being careful to hold the zephyr down with the thumb.

7. From the place where the zephyr comes out, count two threads to the left, and take another stitch.

8. Continue taking the stitches in this way (Fig. 91, b).

Suggestions

For fastening the thread see catch-stitching (page 118). This stitch may be changed into various designs, as in Fig. 91. Whatever the pattern, the stitches should be compact and uniform.

Fig. 92.

Fig. 92. - Showing chain-stitches, needle in position.