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Thursday, February 15, 2007

TAST - The Feather Stitch

Sharon has chose the Feather Stitch as this week's stitch focus. Yes, this is one of my absolute favorite stitches! It appears in one variation or another on almost every crazyquilt piece I do! I don't know what it is about this stitch that I like so much. I think some of it is the rhythm of working it and I also think that it is a very visually attractive stitch.

Here is a photo of it as it appears on my Red Hat block:

Feather Stitch Image

When working it over a seam, I always use waste canvas for perfectly spaced stitches. I've added Lazy Daisy stitches and Fan stitches for a more interesting treatment. The Feather Stitch works up quite well on waste canvas so I've charted it out for you just as I worked it on the Red Hat block:

Feather Fan LazyDaisy

Click on either photo to go to my Flickr site where you can download a larger version of the pattern.

Here is how it appears on the now completed block:

Red Hat Society Lady Purse

To continue the sense of movement across the bottom of the image, I added a button cluster using buttons in various shades of purple, lavender and violet. The gold heart button draws the eye to the cluster and the rest of the buttons move the eye to either side of the image allowing the eye to "get into the flow" of the rest of the design.

This is complete now so next week, I'll assemble it and add it to my Etsy shop.

In the meantime, this will be my next little project:

Spring Chick Cellphone Pouch

I'm really needing to "think Spring" at the moment! I thought I'd stitch up this little Spring Cellphone Pouch and then I'll be doing some more purses.

For now, I'm heading out into the deep freeze to get groceries. Arrgggg.......


Kim said...


Your latest square is going to be gorgeous! I love the purples and the lacy fabric!


Anonymous said...

Your color choices are always so stunning and I always love to see what you are stitching. Thanks for sharing all you do with us!

Susan said...

Thanks for the design thing. (brain failure on what it's called) I love your new block! Very spring-like. I hope you didn't freeze while out shopping today.

I really enjoy your blog, as you know. I'm not going to the Etsy shop. No, no, Susan, don't go!

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