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[feth -er-stich] /ˈfɛð ərˌstɪtʃ/
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
1825-35; feather + stitch1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for feather stitch
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  • feather stitch, when worked in a frame, is exactly the same as that worked in the hand, except that it is more even and smooth.

  • The feather stitch consists of alternating stitches, or groups of stitches, slanting toward a center line.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • Like the feather stitch, the chain stitch is worked towards the worker.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • feather stitch is generally used for embroidering flowers, whether natural or conventional.

  • Every white stripe you worked with zephyr worsted in briar stitch or herring-bone or feather stitch.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
  • In some ancient specimens the design is worked in feather stitch, and the whole ground in cushion stitch.

  • The favourite and most frequently seen among the stitches so used, are the French knot, stem stitch and feather stitch.

British Dictionary definitions for feather stitch


a zigzag embroidery stitch
to decorate (cloth) with featherstitch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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