Double feather / Thorn / Briar stitch is used to embroider foliage and branches.
This is a looped stitch that is worked alternatively from left to right side.
Knowledge of Feather stitch and half feather stitch will be helpful.
Feather stitch is worked between 4 line whereas double feather stitch is worked between 5 lines.
Double feather stitch tutorial
As mentioned above, double feather stitch is stitched on 5 parallel lines.
Stitch direction – travels from top to bottom of the fabric. In this demo, it also travels left first and then to the right.
Bring the needle up at line #5.
Skip line #4 and pierce the needle at line #3 and go down at B.
Come back up at C on line #4.
Note how A and B are at the same level horizontally and C is below them.
Important tip: Make sure the working thread is below the needle. This is what will give this stitch the looped shape or else we will simply be making straight stitches between A and B.
When the thread is pulled, this will look like this.
Now skip line #3 and pierce line #2 at D. D is at the same level as C.
Come back up at E one line #3.
If you notice, the stitch is traveling down and left.
This is the pattern we are following – We simply skip a line and pierce the next line and come back up at the line skipped.
Now skip line #2, pierce line #1 at F and come back up on line #2 at G.
E and F are at the same level here and G is slightly below them.
Now we have reached the left most line. Time for the tree branch to travel right.
In a similar fashion, skip a line (here line #3) and pierce the next line, line #4 at H and come back up on line #3 at I.
Continue this pattern till the end.
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