Of all the stitches I want to master, Feather Stitch is the most confusing to me. I’m not sure exactly why. When I sit down with needle and thread to do the samples, it comes together nicely; I just have to concentrate on the mechanics. Obviously I just need more practice! I made myself keep going on this sample for that reason.
First I worked the larger version here, with guidelines. Then since I had thread left on the needle, I came back the other way and tried some without guidelines. When I started trying the doubled stitches and running out of thread at the same time, I knew it was time to get serious about the variations!
The red stitching is doubled feather stitch (does it actually have a special name when you do this?) with the second stitch’s needle holes lining up directly below (to the left, here) the first stitch’s — the needle holes all fall on the guidelines. The lavender stitching has the doubled stitch’s needle holes aligning with the angles of the previous stitches — they don’t fall on the guidelines but are shifted outward.
I think they each have a distinct look. I will be glad to have this sample to refer to.
I am going to assume you can see my disappearing pen line outlining a paisley shape. I love paisleys! I wanted to see what I could do using feather stitch to fill a shape. I examined some of the 2012 Feather stitch samples by both Sharon and the TAST stitchers and saw how they connected bands of the stitch together. I think this worked well! If I had continued to be ambitious with this, I would have used some buttonhole bars to scallop around the perimeter. But that’s for another day.
I’m uploading a couple pictures of the Closed Feather Stitch checkerboard I attempted. I don’t like it at all, but for the sake of completeness (and maybe to help another beginning stitcher) I am including it. The largest thread — size 3 perle, solid gold — was very hard to control tension-wise even though I was using a large enough needle. Plus it was the first I tried and was still figuring out the spacing etc.
from another angle:
Next I moved on to a (variegated) size 5 perle cotton. It was easier to pull through the fabric but I seemed to have even more trouble with the spacing and tension — it is so uneven!
Lastly I grabbed two strands of floss and worked the last two spaces in my checkerboard. I like this one the best because it lays flatter and keeps itself more normal! Lessons learned!
Feather stitch looks so different upside down. I am stitching on 100% silk dupioni. I have quite a collection of small yardage cuts purchased at 50% or more discount over the last few years just for my “I’m gonna be a crazy quilter!” dream. I thought I’d better start getting some experience with it 🙂
Last, as usual, a camera-play shot… but you can also see what I was trying to explain about the placement of the second stitch of each pair (red, purple).
I picked up a handful of new colors of size 5 perle cotton this week at 25% off. I’m rapidly growing addicted to NOT stitching with stranded cotton!