Materials For Practice

Striped French Flannel. (1/2 inch stripe) 4x4 Inches.

Silk (color of the stripe). No. A - B.

Needle, No. 8-9.


On underclothing, baby clothes and small articles such as collars, cuffs and cases.


The terra Feather Stitch is derived from the graceful form of the stitch. Coral stitch is a more angular variety of it.

Fig. 38.   Feather StitchinG.

Fig. 38. - Feather StitchinG.

Fig. 39.   Fancy Feather Stitching.

Fig. 39. - Fancy Feather Stitching.


An attractive stitch for ornamenting all kinds of needle-work. Fitness. - The form is attractive and can be modified to suit different occasions. It can be merely ornamental or can be made strong enough to hold down a hem in place of the hemming stitch.


The work is done on the right side of the material, toward the worker. In the single varieties of it the stitch is taken alternately on the left and on the right side of the pattern. The thread is caught in a loop with each stitch as in the blanket-stitch. The number of threads taken up each time depends on the pattern chosen. Feather stitching proper is taken diagonally across warp and woof threads. (Fig. 38.) In the coral stitch variety the needle goes along a thread of the material. (Fig. 38.) (In the design the coral stitch is made double.) The stitch must be made accurately to look well. The width and relation of one stitch to the other never varies during the progress of the work. The position is Over the first finger or first two fingers of the left hand. The work is begun with a knot or an end of thread may be left on the wrong side to be sewed down afterward. The needle is brought to the right side and inserted again a few threads distant, but on a direct line horizontally. The stitch is left loose while the needle is brought out a few threads below and caught through the loop in the thread. The variety in form is made by this downward stitch; it may be made vertically along a thread of the material or may be inserted diagonally toward the center of the pattern. A new stitch should begin at the same height as the bottom of the last on the opposite side of the pattern. (Fig. 38.) In fastening off take the thread to the wrong side and finish with a couple of backstitches under the last stitch, or, if using heavy crochet cotton, leave the end to be sewed down with fine cotton. In taking a new thread fasten securely and bring to the right side through the last loop. Each of the single varieties may be varied by taking from two to four stitches on a side. When this is done the stitches must be placed close together (Fig. 39), or a straggly effect will result. The patterns may be again varied by uniting them with other fancy stitches such as the chain stitch and French knot.


Take striped flannel, 4x4 inches. Four varieties of stitches are to be placed between the stripes (in every other one the flannel being cut between the stripes). The work should be fine and dainty and the stitches may be arranged in the following order-(1) a row of chain stitching down the center (Fig 41); (2) the single feather stitching made diagonally across the threads (Fig. 38); (3) the single coral stitch (Fig. 38); (4) two rows meeting of fine treble feather stitching (Fig. 39).


Canvas may be an aid in learning feather stitching, and the details can be grasped by quite young children, but fine work on garments requires expert handling. The stitch is used on all materials and may be worked in embroidery cotton, crochet cotton, silk, linen or wool. It makes a very attractive trimming for underclothing; strips and bands may be finished with it in place of stitching. In connection with drawn work beautiful effects can be obtained for children's clothing, underclothing or household uses. May useful little articles can be made and ornamented with feather stitching.