[ feth-er-stich ]

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

verb (used with object)
  1. to ornament by featherstitch.

Origin of featherstitch

First recorded in 1825–35; feather + stitch

Words Nearby featherstitch

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How to use featherstitch in a sentence

  • Another way to finish is to baste the band and decorate it with the featherstitch to hold the turning.

    Clothing and Health | Helen Kinne
  • Draw a picture on the blackboard of the featherstitch, chain stitch, and outline stitch.

    Clothing and Health | Helen Kinne
  • This can be done with chain stitch or featherstitch, before the cover is put over the cardboard.

    Clothing and Health | Helen Kinne
  • Name some other articles on which the featherstitch or chain stitch can be used; some on which the outline stitch may be used.

    Clothing and Health | Helen Kinne
  • It can be used instead of the chain or featherstitch, as decoration.

    Clothing and Health | Helen Kinne

British Dictionary definitions for featherstitch


/ (ˈfɛðəˌstɪtʃ) /

  1. a zigzag embroidery stitch

  1. to decorate (cloth) with featherstitch

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