Fine Feathers

Fine Feathers
Fine Feathers

Some time ago, I worked on a few designs vaguely inspired by crewelwork, which I submitted to a few companies, none of whom took them. I hadn’t stitched any of them, because I would have used the preferred thread of the company that intended to produce them, but I’ve wanted to…

So when I had another hiatus of inspiration with the Dreams of Amarna, I rummaged for a thread that would work nicely with this over dyed fabric, and had a go. When I originally planned this design, I used peacock colours – blue and green, but I felt that it would be more interesting to work with a single, overdyed thread on the overdyed fabric.

Fine Feathers - Detail
Fine Feathers – Detail

I chose to use Hungarian Plaited Braid stitch for most of the outline. The more I use this stitch, the more I like it. It’s richly textured but at the same time creates a fairly smooth effect, and while – as in this case – it works beautifully in a perlé type thread, it can be very successful, if a little trickier to work, in stranded cotton.

Fly stitch alternating with back stitch gives a bit of lightness to the tail feathers, and I borrowed the idea of the dragon’s scales from Kai Lung of the Golden Hours to create the effect of the down on the peacock’s breast.

I’ve signed him – the Morse code by his feet – but now I’m not at all sure what to do with him!

21 thoughts on “Fine Feathers

  1. He’s a very handsome chap! That Hungarian plaited braid stitch works really well. And I love the effect created by the openness of the stitching at the end of the feathers.

  2. Oh, its lovely! I love that stitch and as always your use of it is perfect. The colors are perfect.

  3. I’ve not seen that stitch before. When I looked it up, I found a Hungarian Chain Stitch and a Plaited Braid Stitch, both on Which one is this? Or is it something else entirely? I really like your peacock and that stitch is so pretty.

  4. Beautiful! I particularly like the un-peacockness of the colours against the background fabric, and the openness and deceptive simplicity of the design.

  5. Oh he’s so very handsome and I love seeing the close up of that beautiful Hungarian stitch. What thread have you used please? It’s very pretty

  6. A charming peacock.. Love your choice of stitches. The thread goes really well with the ground fabric. Could you please share the shade number and brand of the thread?

  7. It’s such an effective but simple design. The Braid stitch reminds me of an intricately plaited loaf of bread for some reason (maybe watched too much Bake-Off!!). All very beautiful as ever! xCathy

  8. The peacock turned out beautifully worked in that thread. And I really like the Hungarian Plaited Braid. I’ll have to give that one a try and some practice and then see where I might be able to use it.

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week’s Stitchery Link Party.

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