Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An embroidery stitch that produces a decorative zigzag line.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of embroidery stitch made of open, looped stitches worked alternately to the right and left of a central rib.
  • v. To make stitches of this kind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of embroidery stitch producing a branching zigzag line.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stitch used in embroidery, producing a partial imitation of feathers by small branches or filaments that ramify from a main stem. In medieval embroidery it was called opus plumarium.
  • To ornament with feather-stitching.

Etymologies

feather +‎ stitch (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And when she found how neatly she could hemstitch and do such beautiful featherstitch, and darn, and read so plainly that it was a pleasure to listen to her, she had to admit that Hannah Ann was a real credit, and, she confessed in her secret heart, a very sweet little girl.

    A Little Girl in Old New York

  • As it extended, I brought out a line of goods suitable for kings, and a nobby thing for duchesses and that sort, with ruffles down the forehatch and the running-gear clewed up with a featherstitch to leeward and then hauled aft with a back-stay and triced up with

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Part 4.

  • On the third day of her visits, when apparently occupied in learning how to do featherstitch for trimming baby's pinafores, Mrs. Peck looked up from her work, and asked Elsie if she did not come from ----- shire.

    Mr. Hogarth's Will

  • Although Mrs. Goetz's chocolate-brown dress was embroidered with fancy black featherstitch, the outfit was gussied up with a long double strand of pearls.

    post-gazette.com - News

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