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.