Take a Stitch Tuesday week 3

I have certainly enjoyed visiting and seeing all the samples created last week. It has become part of my morning routine to approve comments and visit the sites over a quiet coffee.

This week the stitch for the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge is Feather stitch. For those who are new to embroidery you will find aspects of the hand movements of this stitch are similar to those learnt  in Fly stitch and buttonhole.

You will find directions on how to work feather stitch in my stitch dictionary.

Once again the challenge is:

For new hands to learn the stitch


If you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner.

Rows of the stitch can be built up to create patterns.

Try working it different threads, or on different fabrics. Play with the spacing of the ‘arms’  working the parts closely together, or work it far apart, add beads,  overlap lines of the stitch, or use it to couch down another thread or ribbon.

No matter what you do with it explore the stitch.

If you have worked a sample in a previous challenge that is great and feel free to post a link in comments as it will inspire people (I am sure folks learn most form the eye candy provided by the community) but if you have time do try another sample and do something different and new!

How to join in

Stitch a sample,  take a photograph of it, put in online in your blog, flickr site or on stitchin fingers page, swing by here and leave a comment with your full web address so people can check out your stitching.

Any special rules?

There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.

Interesting work will be featured

Each week I will feature samples that participants have stitched order to draw attention to creative and interesting work. This means some work will be re-published. I will credit and link to the owners website but I assume that when you leave your link here, I have your permission to feature your work. If you do not want your work to be featured please say in the comment you leave and I wont do it.

Further information on the FAQ page

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page,   stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. These sub groups are set up by the request of members you do not have join any of them.

Have fun! Hopefully there will not be too many tangles!

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145 Responses to Take a Stitch Tuesday week 3

  1. maneki says:

    Yay, another one of my favourite stitches! Not just because of the swedish name, kråkspark, that literally means crow kick. My fingers are already itching to start.

    Just wanted to show something I did a few months ago in a simple beaded version of feather stitch: http://wildrosesandblackberries.blogspot.com/2011/11/wip-feather-stitch-bracelet.html

  2. One of my favorite stitches. So beautiful.

  3. Annet says:

    I'm looking forward experimenting with the feather stitch again. This is my TAST 2007 feather stitch:

  4. Another stitch I did earlier: http://borduurblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/taksteek.html . In Dutch it is the "taksteek". Of course I am going to make something new as well.

  5. Liana D says:

    Funny, but I had this feeling this week's stitch would be FEATHER! I had even started thinking about how to use it in my sampler…
    many thanks.
    Liana D.

  6. Kathy R says:

    Cannot wait to start stitching. This is a wonderful stitch.

  7. Hannah says:

    I like the look of this stitch!
    Here is my first attempts: http://lostseamstress.blogspot.com/2012/01/feather-stitch-tast.html
    I think I'm going to keep practicing and work on something more fancy!

  8. chitra gangadharan says:

    Hi Sharon,
    the feather stitch sampler I did earlier is posted here.
    thank you,

  9. konnykards says:

    Another stitch I have used and enjoyed in basic form for many years – 'up and down ' at
    I think I'll try adding to it this time. Connie.

  10. Rosemary Tweedie says:

    I have posted my combined effort for weeks 1 and 2 here:
    Now my mind is busy planning for Feather stitch… perfect timing for my present project, but back to my ironing now:)

  11. Christina says:

    http://christinaroland.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-week-3.html Another first for me, another stitch and a whole new aproach. Free work for the first time in my life. I really enjoy this challenge because I'm learning a whole new craft this way. And I'm enjoying all that is still to learn as I watch other participants creating the most beautiful work.

  12. Gisèle says:

    Je viens de mettre sur mon blog les 3 points du mardi
    J'aime beaucoup
    Merci et à la semaine prochaine

  13. Sue Utterback says:

    Here's my attempt at doing a feather stitch incorporated into a seam treatment on a challenge block I'm doing on one of the CQ lists. I used a variegated green thread from ThreadWorx for the feather stitch, then added some small beaded flowers using 7-8 beads of 3 seed bead colors. The seam is finished off with some SRE leaves. Hope you like it! Here's the link to my photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sue_u/6715060883/in/photostream/


  14. Annet says:

    Today I made an embroidery with all 3 stitches. I wrote about it here:
    I’m sorry I there’s no link to Pintangle, I have some trouble with Blogger after upgrading my browser. I’ll add them later.

  15. Angela says:

    I got her done! I have added this stitch to two seams on a crazy quilt block. I love this stitch! http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.com/

  16. Cyndi L says:

    Truly one of my favorite stitches. I had to hold myself back a bit this afternoon to keep from simply decorating the entire rest of my quilt with it!

  17. Romona says:

    Hi Sharon, My week 3 stitching is done. I have posted a picture on my blog for you. Sorry I forgot to add the link last time.. http://northbrookstitches.blogspot.com I hope you like it, Romona

  18. Susan says:

    I'm not so sure I did it right, so I'll probably try more during this week if there's time, but for now, here's what I have so far: http://so-susan.blogspot.com/2012/01/internet-lies.html

  19. Valerie L says:

    I was a bit surprised at what I figured out to do with this stitch. Although I enjoy using it–I didn't think there would be much variety that I could do with the stitch. I also realized how close to the buttonhole stitch this is.

    Here is my blogpost showing my embroidery: http://cantheleopardchangeherspots.blogspot.com/

    Thanks so much.

  20. Marie says:

    Here's my Feather Stitch sample. I had fun with some beads this week:


    Thank you!

  21. Nathalie L says:

    Thank you Sharon for the challenge, Miss Feather Stitch is born 😉 I like tuesday http://labastidane.fr/journal/?p=1771

  22. Gayle Schipper says:

    I am working on a new piece for the Feather Stitch, but NOTHING will top my Tessalating Fish Lips from TAST 1.

  23. Sophie says:

    Bonjour à toutes! Voici mon devoir de la semaine! un grand plaisir à confectionner! que du bonheur bisous http://monparadismestresors.over-blog.com/article-take-a-stitch-tuesday-3-point-d-epine-97373979.html

  24. Anni says:

    My embroidery with all 3 weeks stitch can be found here, thanks Sharon this is a great challenge.


  25. My feather stitch sample can be seen <a href="http://linsartyblobs.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-and-3m.html">here</a&gt;
    Thanks Sharon for including my work in last weeks highlights.

  26. Merci sharon pour ces points . Je viens de finir ma petite pièce que tu trouveras ci : http://petitcoeuramoi.over-blog.com/article-pin-tangle-week-3-97386824.html

  27. Gail says:


    I have avoided feather stitch for years, not needing it for CQ. However, I love it!!
    TAST is awesome!!!

  28. Kathy says:

    This week I stitched a sampler and I took it a little further with a second piece.

  29. Beth Leintz says:

    I played catch up this week and stitched the first three weeks worth of stitches. You can see them here:


    So much fun seeing everyone's take on the stitches- some incredible work out there!

  30. Linda McInnis says:

    I decided to make a flowering bush on my March block.


  31. Debbie says:

    Here's my work on the feather stitch, including shots from an older project of mine. http://debbiesfiberwork.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-week-3.html Thanks, Sharon.

  32. Hello! this is my sample. thank you for visiting!!

  33. Jenny Ross says:

    My week 3 samples have been shared with the Facebook group and are posted on my Blog at


  34. Ty.Jecyka says:

    Here is my Feather Stitch…http://tyjecyka.canalblog.com/archives/2012/01/19/23273113.html
    I've a lot of fun to create this embroidery…now I've millions new ideas to stitch…

  35. isabelle says:

    Here is my work of this week. All points of this embroidery are feather points, even the flowers and leaves. My daughter Pauline (9 years old) has also done his homework .


  36. Liz Adams says:

    Go here: http://beautifulmetaphor.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-week-three-feather-stitch.html

    to see part of my adventures with this stitch. I incorporated it again into a bigger work I'm already embarked on, and had a good time doing it! I do enjoy the surprise each week of a new stitch to either review or learn, and incorporate into ongoing work. And I've been very pleased with the nice people who've stopped by and commented on my blog, an expected side benefit!

  37. Melissa says:

    I have my combined post for weeks 2 and 3 on my blog this week: http://measi.net/measiblog/2012/01/19/tast-updates-weeks-2-and-3/

    Didn't care for the buttonhole, but really enjoyed feather stitch. Funny how two stitches so similar in technique can feel so different when working!

  38. Bonsoir, Hello every body ! I have just posted my work on Feather stitches on my blog. If you want to have a look, here is it : http://j-en-revais.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-3.html

  39. Christine says:

    A really nice and easy stitch this week and the third stitch pleasure!

  40. Sandy Jandik says:

    The Feather Stitch will be on my blog in the morning http://focus-on-fiber.blogspot.com

  41. Luiz Vaz says:

    I Everyone!
    my post for feather stitch. I think its in progresss.

  42. pretty stitch.
    I directly done 3 designs without doing the trial stitch.
    I posted it in my blog

  43. Maureen bond says:

    My Feather stitch samples are at

    with a link back to my earlier samples. Also 2 CQJP blocks are posted in Flickr.

  44. Catherine Robertson says:

    My feather stitch sample is at http://categetscrafty.blogspot.com

    I like this stitch. Very relaxing and adaptable.

  45. maneki says:

    I've finished my challenge for the week and the result can now be found in my blog: http://wildrosesandblackberries.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-week-3-feather-stitch.html


  46. Brigitte Otto says:

    Finally uploaded my feather stitch 1 and 2 – you can find it here: http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/featherstitch1

  47. Ms Sharma says:

    Here is my first attempt at feather stitch Sampler:


    And here is one I did it on a sari long back:


    Ms Sharma

  48. Bonjour Sharon ,
    J'aime beaucoup ce point .
    Je l'ai mis en scène sur une petite pochette avec l'aide de la Fée Plume .
    Vous pouvez la découvrir sur mon blog : http://foliesdesandrine.canalblog.com/
    Bon week-end

  49. Maggi says:

    I really enjoyed trying out lots of different threads for this stitch and creating a promising background. I even got the page for weeks 1 & 2 finished. What a bonus too, finding all these new blogs. Thank you Sharon, you are a star. Photos are on my blog at http://maggi21.wordpress.com

  50. SusieW says:

    View my TAST #3 feather stitch here http://www.flickr.com/photos/susie_w/6733724719/in/photostream#/ It is a basic feather stitch. I was surprised to note that the angle of the added leaves created diamond shapes and almost changed the shapes of the feather stitch. Interesting.

  51. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon and Everyone!
    I added some beads. Happy weekend for all!


  52. Marg B says:

    My feather stitch exercise is on my blog

    I am not trying many variations but am certainly enjoying the ones I doo

  53. I am loving these stitches! Doing my samplers is an interesting challenge! Here is my feather stitch sample:


  54. Kim Stapleton says:

    I really enjoyed working this stitch . Here is my sample : http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/profile/KimStapleton

  55. Lis says:

    Loved learning this stitch, very soothing to work too. I've blogged here:

  56. Nina says:

    Embroidered with pleasure all three stitches just as she was on vacation. My job here.


  57. angenita says:

    I liked this stitch, had fun playing with it.

  58. Ms Sharma says:

    Here is my new additions to the Feather Stitch Sampler:


    Just have a look

  59. Here is my bead mandala for feather stitch week 3, I wonder what the next stitch will be ?
    Cant wait …………….

    you can find my example here………………..


  60. chitra gangadharan says:

    Hi Sharon, this challenge is very interesting. I posted a few of my variations of feather stitch on my blog here-
    thank you,

  61. Petra Weiler says:

    This was rather challenging for me… I like the stitch, but experimenting on it is hard. Please see my results on http://www.my-cuddly-quilt.blogspot.com

  62. Ann says:

    I was rather intimidated when I saw this stitch, and put it off until Saturday. After learning it, I think it may be my second favorite stitch (my top one is still the blanket/buttonhole). What a joy to learn the feather stitch this week!

    Had fun putting together a two-page spread in my embroidery journal with feathers I found in the pasture, postage stamps of birds, a journal entry, gratitude list, and the stitching. Here's the link:


  63. Hi Sharon, from COLD eastern Canada. Check out my featherstitchin' here…. it is definitely my favourite stitch… http://www.linda-hubbard.blogspot.com/2012/01/take-stitch-tuesday-week-3.html

  64. shirley says:

    Hi Sharon, My feather stitch sample is posted on SF


    I have really enjoyed doing this

  65. I have had to re-learn this stitch as I haven't used it in years. I also had to re-learn that overdyed threads are not colour-fast. Oh Dear!



  66. Gayle Schipper says:

    My newest feather stitch example is at:

    Gayle Schipper

  67. My sample is at http://www.timelessriverstudio.blogspot.com/ . Thanks Sharon this is a great project.

  68. Sue Utterback says:

    I finally finished my Week 2 – Buttonhole Stitch! Yeah…it took me forever because I decided to try making a sort of stylized flower thingy. I'm afraid it's not the greatest. I definitely need practice doing this stitch–it's not one I use a lot. But, I can see it's potential and it would be a great stitch to have in my library. OK, so I'll do a sampler of buttonhole stitches and see if my flowers improve. LOL. Here's the link to my photo for Week 2: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sue_u/6740072273/in/set-72157628709486935


  69. Here's my Feather Stitch blog post: http://kirajones.co.uk/?p=574 I'm learning loads!

  70. merryamethyst says:

    I missed the first few weeks due to travel, but serendipity has egged me into TAST 2012 :)
    my simple feather stitch – http://artwhiz.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-2012-feather-stitch-cheat.html

  71. Kirsty Macdonald says:

    My experimentation with this week's stitch is here:


    Well done everyone, some truely inspirational work again this week!

  72. Sara Hansson says:

    at last ! (almost missed the deadline :0)) feather stitch – done! next one please ………

    loving this challenge Sharon ;0)


  73. Annet says:

    Yesterday I wrote a post about a few older feather stitch samples:
    Today I finished my new samples:
    I choose some Aida fabric to make sure I was going to stitch the rows I was planning!

  74. Claudia says:

    I have finished my feather stitch exercise. You can see it here: http://fabricfusion.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-2012-feather-stitch-und-so-schon.html
    Happy Stitching

  75. Sue Duffy says:

    Here's my feather stitch (and my buttonhole from last week – late post). http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=376898wo2mgaj

  76. Please stop by Tuesday Stitchers to see what a collective group of stitchers have done with the feather stitch this week:

    See you Soon! ~Debra S.

  77. Savitha says:

    I have posted my feather stich motif in my blog.


  78. Dianne says:

    I used feather stitch to create some little trees and I also completed my buttonhole tropical scene. Just posted them to my blog at: http://dinkydideequilts.blogspot.com/2012/01/little-feather-trees-and-buttonhole.html

  79. Marg B says:

    Not sure what happened to my last comment on htis page – but here goes again
    More work on Buttonhole and Feather on my blog

  80. Penny says:

    On my blog http://backvalleyseasons.blogspot.com
    Not very imaginative but I am trying to get this sample filled. I also have a give away.

  81. Just posted my buttonhole and feather stitch sample. I'm enjoying revisiting these stitches and seeing some "old friends" on here!

  82. Diane says:

    Just under the wire for this week's stitch challenge. You can see what I did and why I dwaddled over it on my blog http://dianem.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/tast-2012-feather-stitch/

  83. Marie-Claude says:

    Late because a travel …. just in border line I send my TAST 3 in my blog

    Thank you

  84. Karrin Hurd says:

    The feather stitch, my absolute favorite. I have to stop myself from letting it control me and try to do other stitches! My feather stitch examples are blogged here: http://karrinscrazyworld.blogspot.com/

  85. hopscotch says:

    Please forgive me if I have already done this but I have now posted to my blog with week 2 and 3
    Also just to say a huge thank you to Sharon for all the hard work she puts into this and the pleasure viewing all the wonderful creations give me.

  86. Ulla-Britt says:

    I am sorry that there was no time for stitching this week, but I will show details from an apron hemmed with feater stitch http://ullabritt.wordpress.com/tast-2012/3-feather-stitch/

  87. TeriK says:

    Better late than never right? I finally took a picture of my experimentation on feather stitch. It is a good stitch and so much more could be done with it. I was glad to learn this stitch, which is new to me!

  88. Sharon Griffith says:

    I did manage to get a pic of my Feather stitch for week 3. If you would like to take a peek please go here…Thanks Sharon! I am not finished this little block I am doing and was trying to get it done before I posted a pic but at least I wanted to post a pic of the basic stitch before our next one starts…. http://sharon-dancingthruthreads.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-feather-stitch.html

  89. I showed already older work, but here is my new feather stitch embroidery http://borduurblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/feather-stitch-taksteek.html .

  90. FlowerLady says:

    I'm late once again, but here is my simple rendition of the feather stitch.


  91. Yuma Tatter says:

    Just a day late 😉
    I've finished my sampler stitching and added some feather stitching to my January CQJP block. For a look, here's the link
    Sharon, I really like the featherstitch, and I'm especially enjoying seeing all the variations for the different stitches.

  92. Julia says:

    Checking in a little late this week! My feather stitches rounded out my first fabric postcard very nicely:


    With so many beautiful works this week, I'm inspired even more for next week!

  93. Diane says:

    A fellow stitcher let me know that the link to my blog didn't work. Sure enough, she was right. Here is the correct link to my stitching; http://dianem.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/tast-2012-feather-stitch/

  94. Ingrid says:

    http://nipetnapet.blogspot.com/2012/01/tast-week-3.html Loved the Feather Stitch, I found it so versatile and fun!

  95. Sandy Jandik says:

    I've posted this week's stitch on my blog http://focus-on-fiber.blogspot.com

  96. Tenar says:

    I finally uploaded my feather stitch sample, along with some more buttonhole stitch.


  97. Annette G says:

    a bit late, but here are my week 2 and week 3 samples


  98. veronique says:

    j'ai fait le point de la semaine 3 que j'ai mis sur mon blog :lebonheurdebroderchezverobrode.over-blog.com merci

  99. I have finished my little Feather Stitch piece.

    This is such fun (even if I am running late!)

  100. http://love2quilt22002.blogspot.com/ says:

    Fosted the detached chain, chain stitch, feather stitch and fly stitch