Week 3′s theme was the Feather stitch.
I started by painting the fabric with a thin wash of acrylics,
I was genuinely curious about this stitch…I don’t use it often, as I associate its open, sort of mesh-like appearance with crazy patchwork seam decoration.
I like dense stitches, and I wanted to see if I could get some solid meat out of this stitch…use it as a filling for shapes, and how well it would depict those shapes. Of course it worked fine…that’ll teach me to judge a stitch by the way it looks in stitch dictionaries—which are, of course, open and simple for instruction’s sake.
It’s quite a versatile stitch, when you work it close and play with its rays. I’ve actually managed to cram 9 different stitches into this sample…
the regular Feather stitch, followed by wide and dense Cretan stitch…
…Slanted Feather stitch, and 2-needle Feather stitch (I made this one up for myself, which is not to say it hasn’t been done before, I’ve just never seen it),
…long-and-short feather stitch…
I attempted (and bungled) a kind of French knot+Feather stitch…forget this one…not all experiments work!
…Spanish Knotted Feather stitch, and Ribbed-For-Her-Pleasure feather stitch… I was getting well and truly sick of the feather stitch at this point, hah!
Then, under the name, I worked Chained feather stitch,
and Türkmen stitch.
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This small embroidery sample is for the Take a Stitch Tuesday 2012 Challenge. The idea was to combine my love of embroidery with my love of typography.