Featherstitch

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Drawing of Cretan embroidery in closed Cretan stitch from Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving, 1912
Featherstitch

Featherstitch or feather stitch and Cretan stitch or faggoting stitch are embroidery techniques made of open, looped stitches worked alternately to the right and left of a central rib.[1] Fly stitch is categorized with the featherstitches.

Applications[edit]

Cretan stitch is characteristic of embroidery of Crete and the surrounding regions.[2]

Open Cretan stitch or faggoting is used in making open decorative seams and to attach insertions.

Featherstitch embroidery arose in England in the 19th century for decorating smock-frocks. It is also used to decorate the joins in crazy quilting. It is related to (and probably derives from) the older buttonhole stitch and chain stitch.[1]

Featherstitch variants[edit]

Common variants of featherstitch include: [3] [1]

  • Basic featherstitch
  • Long-armed featherstitch
  • Double featherstitch
  • Closed featherstitch
  • Chained feather stitch

Stitch gallery[edit]

Looped stitches[edit]

Other looped stitches include: [3][1]

  • Cretan stitch or Open Cretan stitch or faggoting stitch
  • Closed Cretan stitch
  • Fishbone stitch
  • Fly stitch, a filling stitch made of single, detached tacked loops.
  • Loop stitch
  • Scroll stitch

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. (March 1992). ISBN 0-89577-059-8, p. 39-41
  2. ^ Christie, Grace: Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving, London, John Hogg, 1912
  3. ^ a b Enthoven, Jacqueline: The Creative Stitches of Embroidery, Van Norstrand Rheinhold, 1964, ISBN 0-442-22318-8

References[edit]

  • Caulfield, S.F.A., and B.C. Saward, The Dictionary of Needlework, 1885.
  • Christie, Mrs. Archibald (Grace Christie), Embroidery and Tpestry Weaving, London, John Hogg, 1912, online at Project Gutenberg
  • Enthoven, Jacqueline: The Creative Stitches of Embroidery, Van Norstrand Rheinhold, 1964, ISBN 0-442-22318-8
  • Reader's Digest, Complete Guide to Needlework. The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. (March 1992). ISBN 0-89577-059-8