an embroidery stitch producing work in which a succession of branches extend alternately on each side of a central stem.

verb (used with object)

to ornament by featherstitch.

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

  • It can be used instead of the chain or featherstitch, as decoration.

  • Figure 76 shows some useful cases with decorations of featherstitch.

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for featherstitch



a zigzag embroidery stitch


to decorate (cloth) with featherstitch
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