Saturday, 3 August 2013

Feather Stitch Combination

I love doing Feather Stitch Combinations, and this is my latest. When I start, I never know where I will finish. This one is on Block 9 of the Apple Blossom Quilt.

First step, above, was to work a random line of Feather Stitch along the seam I wanted to cover. I chose this seam as it was between two solids, which would show it off best. Then I worked three more small lines of Feather Stitch, each coming in to finish on an arm of the original line. By this time, I am starting to keep an eye out that I don't make any spots in the centre that are going to be too tight.

Then, starting at the "roots" of the climber, I either put leaves (one detached chain) or bracts (two detached chains with a French Knot in the centre) on each arm of the Feather Stitch. (I had a bit of training in botany in another life - bracts are specialised petals, that often look leaf-like, that are the outer surrounds of a flower). For the leaves, I tried to start the Detached Chain part way up the Feather Stitch arm, and finish beyond the end of it, to make it a little more leaf-like.

For the bracts, I tried (but did not always succeed) to make the first Detached Chain a continuation of the line of the Feather Stitch arm, then the other other as close as possible to a right angle, in order to give most room for the flower.

Finally, I worked three or four Buttonhole Stitches in the centre of the bracts, and finished them with three Pistil Stitches coming out of the centre Buttonhole. Sometimes I missed, but I was trying, I promise. The Pistil Stiches were the anthers of the flower, so should have been yellow or orange, to represent pollen. There goes the botanist again. Except I am working this project in pink, green and white only. I could have got away with using white, but there more I do, the more I like the monotone, and change cotton colours as little as possible.

Both threads were DMC Perle 8 crochet cotton. Heaven alone knows what the needle was, but the smaller head helped the French Knots.

If you are unsure of any stitches, see sharon b's stitch dictionary.


Blogger Sharon said...

Linda you are inspiring me more and more... Please keep it up...x x

7:37 pm  

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