More on feather stitching

May 31, 2008

I hope I’m not tiring my readers, but I am finding out so much more about feather stitches that I can’t bring myself to quit working on them yet. If you’re feeling that I’ve been on the subject far too long, relief is in sight, I plan to post something else next week. 

I think I may be dreaming about this stitch. Some of these ideas are products of early morning stitch times. 

I reach for a needle and thread like some people reach for a pen or pencil, trying to jot down an idea before it gets away. And then I still can’t capture it like I wish; it is too fleeting.

I have only a long narrow scrap of this fabric from somewhere. I think it has been stained or dyed. The fabric is very soft.





May 30, 2008

I’m still taken up with feather stitching and an idea pestered me last night. The sample below shows the results of two very different ways of stitching this.

I’m not sure which way is best. The one on the left is stitched as you go and the one on the right is a second pass. I’m still thinking a little bit more about it. I’ll be planning more experiments with this idea over the weekend.

I got serious about adding to the samples from yesterday’s post. And one of the comments I received was just so good that I that it gave me another idea as I was working with them.

Many thanks to Marjorie Holme at Moonsilk Stithes for enlightening my thinking in this post by way of her comment about a Japanese embroidery “fuzzy” technique. I’ve experimented based on a little clip I found about it. I tried both on the petal work (experiments not shown today) and on the feather stitching work shown below. I’m sure is it would be far out of it’s intended range with this sample.

Unfortunately, 100/3 silk is not easily dividable so the couching thread is too thick.  I’d like to work on this concept with some other threads and try the diagonal couching, too.




No break from feather stitching

May 29, 2008

I’m still working on feather stitching. Finding it hard to go very fast because my ideas don’t stitch out as expected. They seem to so easily fall over into a blanket stitch or a Cretan stitch and then I pull them out and start over again.


Red leaf alert: Imagine my delight when I spied this red leaf at Garden Journal. Many thanks to Karen for the refreshing photo.

Still practicing…

May 28, 2008

Sorry to have such an unscheduled blog break. My computer is totally messing up or else it is my internet service provide. Frankly, I suspect them both and am ready to tear out what hair I have left. I’ve had this computer a long time and it is stuffed far too full.

I’m still practicing for my feather stitch sampler. My grandmother lived in Vermont most of her life and so the sampler must have a maple leaf. She also was a great one for finding four leaf clovers. My mom says Gram would be walking along and suddenly stoop down and pluck one up.

I’m also practicing for a new piece using this red material. I’m not sure I’m going to use 100/3 silk for this. The coverage is not what I might wish. The only one I really like is the woven petal. The colors are off in the photo. The red is actually much lighter and the green much more gold.




Feather stitching

May 24, 2008

Yes, I’m still translating from my “off grid” work. Some of the “off grid” work I still wasn’t able to capture with a camera because it has been rainy or gray all day long.  The moss green felt it’s stitched on requires a bright sunny to capture much of anything. 

I did finally try a bead or two. These were the only ones on hand that matched the threads I’m using.

My internet connection went down at about 10am this morning and only came back up about 7:30 pm. So please do excuse this late post. This is my third attempt to publish this post. Something is still terribly wrong.  It keeps dropping so much of what I’ve typed.

On another note, I’m still trying to turn off the clickable indicator for the photos. My apologies for the false indicators wp is throwing up.

Second thoughts

May 23, 2008

I’m having second thoughts on the upper case alphabet for the feather stitch sampler. The alphabet is all done in theory. I’m going to have to stitch it before I can decide. It’s taking up more space than I wish. I can’t seem to fix on a good style for the space. Perhaps that means something other than an alphabet is needed there.

Fortunately, the work with translating the “off grid” feather stitch variations over to “on grid” trials is going a good clip. I tried four versions of the puppy paws feather stitch. Now I see it as a useful way to couch a thicker thread and poise a bead or flower on the elongated spine.

I think my grandmother would enjoy the beads. She had a bead-fringed pincushion about a foot square. She used it constantly. I was able to chart the needlework several years ago but no one remembered the bead work pattern well enough for me to reconstruct it authentically.

Feather stitches: dainty versions

May 22, 2008

I finally decided to put in an upper case alphabet on this feather stitch sampler. To separate the rows of letters I’ve decide to see what I could do in working a feather stitch over two threads only.

This is the progress so far.

For the moment I’m fresh out of workable ideas.

I made the first letter in the alphabet. From that I’ll have to chart and stitch everything fairly close. I think that will be the only area I have to chart before I stitch. Sadly the lower case alphabet is limiting my style. I put that one in rather simply as a reminder of the few years my grandmother taught school before she married.