January 22, 2012

Angela: TAST Week 3 - Feather Stitch

January 17 was Ben Franklin's birthday in 1706 and reading some of his works kept me occupied most of one summer when I as an early teen.
With the feather stitch we were given this week I had to go in slightly different  direction as far as design.  I had found a wonderful outline of Franklin but it just did not lend itself to this stitch so I went with the story of his electricity experiment.  I used feather stitch for the kite tail and the tall grass.  The grass was fun since I didn't plan anything and just let it meander and sometimes overlap.  Everything else is back-stitched.  The threads are 2 strands of cotton DMC except for the white kite outline which is pearl cotton, the rod on the top of the kite which is silver metallic and the end of the string which is silk ribbon.
Check out my blog post today for more on the story of Ben and his kite and why the  kite and string are constructed the way they are.

10 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

A very effective little scene!

jenclair said...

The key dangling from the kite string is such a great touch!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

This is darling! I do really love the meaningful history you add. The blue background fabric works perfectly for this too. As JenClair said, the key is a great touch.

Barbara C said...

So charming! I love your little vignette.

Cy said...

I am finding your history lessons an interesting addition. Thanks for sharing. I learn something new from you each week.

Susan said...

I very much enjoy the background of each block. The grass is particularly appealing to me, since I like to use similar techniques in seascapes. This is another winner.

Jane said...

This is awesome Angela, + like Cy, I'm getting a lesson every week too. How cool that you are keeping to the story by using the right fibers for the kite... and the key is extra special. Ben Franklin sure was a man ahead of his time both in thought and invention, and you're not doing to bad yourself !

Peacock said...

This is going to be the best history book ever!

Suztats said...

I really enjoy the fact that you stitch a little history into your TAST. As well as using the stitch in unusual ways, you also tell a story each week, and make both very interesting.

Judy S. said...

Very fun--and informative, too. The tiny key is the perfect touch. Nice stitching. Bravo!