The Feathers no.3, Part 2
For this project I wanted three different feather patterns. Each feather is a different color muslin, and will be stitched with a different color thread. I didn't want to bring in any more colors into the mix. I needed something monochromatic, a pattern that would be all in the stitching. I came up with these three simple patterns.
I struggled a bit with which stitch to use for the hairy bits on the feather (what are those called?). I started out using a stem stitch, but I hated it immediately. I tried out a few different stitches before settling on a simple back stitch. If I were a more patient person I would have stopped and taken a picture of this process for you. I'm not usually a fan of the texture of the back stitch, but somehow I think it works on this piece. What do you think? After a few day stitching here's how far I've come.
*Note: The tissue paper is to keep from getting a greasy dirt ring around the edge of the hoop. I learned this necessity of this the hard way. It is essential for larger projects where I am not moving the hoop often.