TAST 2010 Week 43 and 44 Crossed and Plaited Feather Stitch

We are at the end of the year and the end of TAST 2010. It’s been a lot of fun and since it is the challenge I ran and I knew what I was in for at the start of the challenge I have enjoyed it much more than the first. I am not even limping over the line with relief. Look for a long post from me in the next few days which will map out plans for next year and review the last.

In the meanwhile  Crossed Feather and Plaited feather are similar and worth grouping together for these last two weeks of TAST.

Both Crossed Feather and Plaited feather create a strong line and I am sure crazy quilters will enjoy these varieties of feather stitch as they can be further decorated with stitches and beads.

Both samples are worked in cotton perle #5

How to work Crossed Feather stitch

Work a row of straight sided feather stitch which is worked between two imaginary parallel lines down the fabric swinging back and forth, from side to side.

Bring the needle out at the top of the line to be worked and hold the thread down with the left thumb. Insert the needle a little to the right on the same level and make a small stitch in a downward motion so that the needle point appears on the right hand line.

Keeping the thread under the needle point pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch.

Next, insert the needle on the left line, in line with the base of the V  and make a small vertical stitch in a downward motion so that the needle point reappears on the left line.

Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. Work these movements alternatively down the line to complete the first row of straight sided feather stitch.

Next to work crossed feather stitch make a second row of straight sided feather stitch offset from the first row by one stitch. I have worked the second row in a different coloured thread so readers can see how it works.

Bring your thread out on the left side of the line at the top of the second stitch as illustrated.

Take the needle upward to make a vertical back stitch. Bring the tip out at the point where your thread emerged, as illustrated.

Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. This stitch is here to start the row neatly

Next, insert the needle on the right line, in line with the base of the V  and make a small vertical stitch in a downward motion so that the needle point reappears on the right side as illustrated.

Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. Move to the left side and repeat these movements alternatively down the line.

How to work Plaited feather stitch

Plaited feather is very similar except on every second stitch you thread your yarn under the cross bar of the first row of straight sided feather stitch

You start by working a line of straight sided feather stitch.

Work a second row of straight sided feather stitch offset by one stitch and with every second stitch woven under the foundation row of straight sided feather stitch. I have worked the second row in a different coloured thread so readers can see how it works.

Once again work a row of straight sided feather stitch and start the second row with a vertical straight stitch as illustrated in the directions above.

This stitch just starts the row neatly

Next, insert the needle on the right line, in line with the base of the V  and make a small vertical stitch in a downward motion so that the needle point reappears on the right side as illustrated.

Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. Before you move to the left thread your needle under the cross bar as illustrated.

Pull the thread through.

Move to the left side and make another straight sided feather stitch.  Repeat these movements alternatively down the line weaving the thread under the cross bar every second stitch.

Both these stitches are simple but versatile and can be very effective if you experiment with different yarns.

How to join in. 

Work an example of the stitch. Experiment a bit, photograph it, and put it on your flickr site or write about it on your blog.

Please remember to link back to here so others can find the challenge too.

Come here to this post and leave a comment to tell everyone where your site is. (Click on the title and it will take you to this post on an individual page if you bookmark it you can find it again)

Also now if you leave your full address ie include the http:// bit in your address it will become a link automatically.

Visit a few sites of people who have already left a comment. See what they have done. I am sure everyone will enjoy following the links left in the comments. If you have time, let other people know that you have seen their work on their site.

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on  stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site

All posts relating to this challenge are in the Take a Stitch Tuesday category.


TAST 2010 Week 42 Woven Cross

I can’t quite believe that after today there are only two more Tuesdays in the year and therefore only 2 more TAST 2010 stitches. At this stage people are usually busy and the pace of the challenge can be tiring but I am sure that I am not the only one who will look back on this second series of stitches in TAST with pleasure.

Anyway I have another fun stitch this week and once people know the two thread trick I am sure people will try it with Woven Cross too. I have discovered it is quite addictive. It is also one of those stitches that suit the season as it looks fantastic with a bead in the middle or if you worked in two different colour threads.The stitch is also known as cross stitch flower. It can be positioned like a flower, worked in a pattern or in a decorative line.

The stitch is two crossed stitches worked on top of each other with the uppermost cross woven to the bottom cross.


Start as you would if you were working a regular cross stitch.


Next make a third diagonal straight stitch over the first stitch you made.


Bring your thread out to make the fourth straight stitch but instead of simply moving across and taking your needle down through the fabric, weave the needle through the two bars.


Take the needle through and to the back of the fabric as illustrated.

That’s it! Simple but very effective. Particularly if you experiment with the thread you use.

How to join in. 

Work an example of the stitch. Experiment a bit, photograph it, and put it on your flickr site or write about it on your blog.

Please remember to link back to here so others can find the challenge too.

Come here to this post and leave a comment to tell everyone where your site is. (Click on the title and it will take you to this post on an individual page if you bookmark it you can find it again)

Also now if you leave your full address ie include the http:// bit in your address it will become a link automatically.

Visit a few sites of people who have already left a comment. See what they have done. I am sure everyone will enjoy following the links left in the comments. If you have time, let other people know that you have seen their work on their site.

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on  stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site


TAST 2010 Week 41 Checkered or Magic Chain

Checkered or Magic Chain is a fun stitch that children love as it changes colour. Since many people are making small projects in line with the season I think its time for this fun stitch. I discovered it in The Stitches of Creative Embroidery by Jacqueline Enthoven (p 132)

The sample is worked in two threads of perle #5.

Thread your needle with two contrasting colours make sure both are the same length.

Start the line as you would ordinary chain stitch but loop only one of the threads under the needle.

Making sure the tension is the same on both threads pull the thread through.

Make the next chain stitch but use the contrasting thread.

Continue in this manner alternating the two colours.

As you can see this is a fun stitch!

How to join in. 

Work an example of the stitch. Experiment a bit, photograph it, and put it on your flickr site or write about it on your blog.

Please remember to link back to here so others can find the challenge too.

Come here to this post and leave a comment to tell everyone where your site is. (Click on the title and it will take you to this post on an individual page if you bookmark it you can find it again)

Also now if you leave your full address ie include the http:// bit in your address it will become a link automatically.

Visit a few sites of people who have already left a comment. See what they have done. I am sure everyone will enjoy following the links left in the comments. If you have time, let other people know that you have seen their work on their site.

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on  stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site

All posts relating to this challenge are in the Take a Stitch Tuesday category