Saddle hackle feathers are from the back (saddle) of the domestic rooster. It is a long, thin stemmed, flexible feather that has many applications. It is sewn into a bias tape to create these feather trims. The white feather is most often used for dyeing to get a bright clear color but the natural is also over dyed to striking effect. Both furnace saddle and variegated can be effectively over dyed with certain colors like red, hot pink, purple and others.