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.