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featherstitch

[feth-er-stich]
noun
  1. an embroidery stitch producing work in which a succession of branches extend alternately on each side of a central stem.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to ornament by featherstitch.
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Origin of featherstitch

First recorded in 1825–35; feather + stitch
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Examples from the Web for featherstitch

Historical Examples of featherstitch

  • Sew the seams, then fell them and featherstitch the outside of the seams in colored linen.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

  • Would you like to make the chain stitch and the featherstitch?

  • The featherstitch is very beautiful, when made small and even (Fig. 71).

  • In practicing the featherstitch draw a pencil line on your cloth as a guide.

  • The featherstitch is sometimes a straight stitch instead of slanting.


British Dictionary definitions for featherstitch

featherstitch

noun
  1. a zigzag embroidery stitch
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verb
  1. to decorate (cloth) with featherstitch
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