Sunday, February 18, 2007

Embroidery: TAST Feather Stitch

Here we are week 7 and this weeks challenge from Sharon is Feather Stitch.

I started by drawing a selection of flowing patterns and decided on this design, I then dyed some fabric by painting it, using Koh-I-Noor Brilliant Waterbased Dyes (as described in Week 2 Buttonhole)

I used 3 threads, one was an Anchor stranded thread (1216) which is shaded - pale to a dark green, another thread was a cotton perle thread by House of Embroidery (8B Bush) which is green, brown and beige. This is quite a fine perle for me as I usually use a 5 but this is an 8. The third thread was a bulk standard stranded dark green that I had in stock. With the stranded thread I only used 3 strands. The lighter shades I used to represent new growth at the top and the browns on the outside and below.

The finished sample is 13 by 9.5 inches (33 by 23 cms).

I think this could do with some flecks of colour - maybe reds, purple or pinks so I will put it to one side and perhaps add some as flowers for a later challenge.

Anyone reading this who does not know what TAST is then you can read about it here on Sharon B's In a Minute Ago blog or see the links on the right hand side to Flickr and to the Webring. Join in and enjoy!


kay susan said...

Nice, I really like the way you use your painted fabrics.

ElizabethD said...

This is lovely. Your fabric and your embroidery work so beautifully together.

Susan said...

Oh, I love the effect of that - sort of like being down in the ocean and looking up toward the sunlight streaming through the water. Beautifully done stitching, too.

Nancilyn said...

I was first drawn to the delicate plant, then I realized the background you created for it. Truly impressive.

MargaretR said...

i am mad about curves and this really fits the bill. You are a clever artist!

Conni said...

lovely work!