TAST Stitch 60 – Inverted Feather Stitch

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A look at the elephant sampler I am completing using stitches from Pintangle’s TAST. After a lengthy break from this piece, I am using the SAL I am part of to get back to it, and hopefully complete my elephant sampler! In this three-weekly check in, we have a look at inverted feather stitch.

The TAST Elephant Sampler

I can’t believe another three weeks has flown by! I’m sure I say that every time, but seriously, where has the time gone? I admit, my poor little elephant has been neglected, and without Claire’s prompt email (thank you for the few days warning!), I wouldn’t have made any progress! But, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been stitching. I’ve been working on a piece I will share with you tomorrow. But, as I discovered on Saturday morning, this is a great little project for just a few minutes of stitching once I’ve worked out what I’m doing, so a bigger effort will be put in for next check in. Maybe even three stitches to look at…

Inverted Feather Stitch

One of the advantages of not stitching along on a week by week basis with TAST is the ability to pick and choose whichever stitch takes your fancy. Certainly an advantage when you are working your sampler on a particular image!

After having a look through a number of the TAST stitches, I settled on TAST Stitch 60 – Inverted Feather Stitch.  Sharon did point out that despite the name, it isn’t really a feather sititch, and I would have to agree! If anything, it is a variation on chain stitch.

Thread Choices

Sharon recommended stitching this stitch in a twisted thread like a perle. I decided to follow this advice, and stitched it in a perle 5. To me however, this is a bit ‘heavy’. I feel I either needed to work it in an area where the stitches could be about double the size they are, or use a thinner thread. It just looks clunky.

For detailed instructions on how to work the stitch, I’ll let you head over to Sharon’s instructions. But in short, you create a chain stitch with a straight edge, and almost complete a box by creating a second chain stitch, but you have created a loop a little differently for the second stitch that forms part of the pattern.

Stitch Difficulty

This was a quick and easy stitch to get the hang of, and worked up quickly. It would probably look much better on something like a crazy quilt seam than in the small area’s I’ve stitched it, but overall I’m happy with my attempt. In the samples at the top of the legs, I was trying to keep in line with the stitches above it, so my squares didn’t quite work. And like a lot of the TAST stitches, it would have been easier on an evenweave!

But, that is one more area stitched, and one more stitch attempted!

Join the others!

Do make sure you head over and see what everyone else has been up to! There is always so much to see, and is a lovely time catching up with everyone. We are also excited to have Jackie join us. Welcome Jackie!

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Susan, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, LindaMary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie, Jackie

See you in three weeks for the next SAL update.

24 Comments

  1. Kate Chiconi

    Your elephant is beginning to look like a real Indian elephant decorated for a festival 🙂 You might not feel the stitches are perfect, but I love the overall effect!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Kate! It’s not a piece I’m overly worried about the stitches being perfect (though it would be nice if they were!), I’m just enjoying the experience of learning stitches I’ve never heard of!

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  2. Rachel

    He’s getting to be a very fine fellow indeed. I’m not sure I’ve seen that stitch before, and it has real potential!

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    • Catherine

      It’s not a stitch I’d heard of before, but that is the great thing about the TAST stitches – so many that I wouldn’t have known existed! You are right about the potential for this stitch. I think you could do quite a lot with it in a variety of different scenarios too!

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  3. Linda

    He’s looking great. I think you did a great job on your feather stitch.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Linda. I was starting to get the hang of it after my few little samples!

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  4. Cindy

    He is beautiful. Love all the different stitches.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Cindy. A sampler with a twist, but it’s been great to try such a wide variety of stitches.

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  5. Tammy Robinson

    How pretty! I cant wait to see it finished. Very nice work!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Tammy. I’m never sure where this piece will lead, so you just don’t know what might be next, or indeed, when it might be finished!

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  6. Christina

    I really like that fabric you’re stitching on. What is it?
    Love the chevron embroidery and the stars too 🙂

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    • Catherine

      It’s a fabric which is traditionally used for crewelwork – linen twill. I’m not sure why I decided to stitch this sampler on it, but it’s a nice thick fabric which holds the stitches well. I couldn’t resist the little bit of bling with those stars 🙂

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  7. Claire

    a lovely combination of stitches and colours ^^

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Claire, it’s an eclectic mix, but it is fun to work and play with!

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  8. wybrow1966

    I agree with you the perle does look a lot thicker – but I think it works near the base of the foot. Look forward to seeing further progress.

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    • Catherine

      Yes, I think you are right! Perhaps using two thicknesses of thread was the way to go!

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  9. Carole

    Love the new stitch. I haven’t seen that one before but it looks so pretty.

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    • Catherine

      It’s a new one to me too Carole. It was a fun stitch to learn, even if I perhaps should have used a different thread!

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  10. Margaret Creek

    Love the elephant! Your inverted feather stitch looks very neat, I struggled with this one, in fact I’ve just looked back at my feather stitch page and my comment was ‘I don’t think I’ll be doing this one again’!!!

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    • Catherine

      I’m not sure I completely got it right, but it was an interesting stitch. One for specific uses I think!

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  11. Kathy Reeves

    This is a lovely, fun project! I wonder if perle cotton no. 8 might have given you the result you were hoping for. It has the twist but is quite a bit finer than the no. 5. Just a thought. I love the stitch variety, what a great way to learn new ones.

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    • Catherine

      Yes, definitely something thinner and less dominant, but I just went with Sharon’s suggestion. But an interesting stitch regardless!

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  12. Alex Hall

    He’s a lovely variation on a sampler and I think it’s always nice to explore new stitches.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Alex. A traditional sampler didn’t really interest me, but this seems to be a good solution!

      Reply

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