Featherstitch or feather stitch is usually used to embroider foliage and branches and sometimes decorative borders. It is made of looped stitches worked alternatively to right and left.
Other names: Faggoting stitch, Cretan stitch.
Cretan stitch is worked on 4 parallel lines. Double feather stitch, which is a slightly more complicated version of this stitch is worked on 5 parallel lines.
Start the stitch on line B.
Skip line C and pierce the fabric and go down at 2 on line D.
Come back up at 3 on line C. Make sure the working thread is below the needle
When the thread has been pulled, the stitch should look like this.
1 and 2 are at the same level horizontally and 3 is slightly below them.
The previous stitch was stitched on the right side. Next we make a stitch on the left side.
Skip line B and pierce fabric at 4 on line A.
Come back up at 5 on line B.
This is how this stitch is worked.
Skip a line and pierce fabric and go down on the next line. Then come backup on the line that has been skipped.
The previous stitch was a left side stitch so the next one will be on the right side as shown below.
Completed look of feather stitch.