CQJP January and TAST Week 3

Featherstitch is the stitch of the week for week 3 of TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday).  I’ve often admired the featherstitch seams on vintage crazy quilt blocks.

Stitching it seemed a lot like the Fly Stitch of Week 1 to me.

Feather stitch

For the sampler, I let my imagination run wild.  The stitch brought the image of a vine to mind.

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Imagine an old deserted homestead… the house has weathered siding and is missing shingles… weeds have taken over the yard… but the front gate is still standing, even though a couple of its pickets are broken… and a little wild vine has decided to use it for a trellis, creating a spot of beauty in the midst of abandonment.

tast week 3a

Week’s 1, 2, and 3 result:

tast week 3

Then, it was on to add the stitch to my CQJP (Crazy Quilt Journal Project) January Block, “Starry, Starry Night”.

This time I let the stitch become the trail left by a falling star that I tatted.

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The star was tatted with one strand embroidery floss combined with 1 strand of Balger metallic blending filament.  The trail was stitched with two strands of the blending filament.  I wanted to trail to sparkle, but not be too prominent.  The filament was not the easiest medium to embroider with, but I achieved the result I was after.

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