Dorset Feather Stitchery March 26


Winfrith's Crafty Friends

Dorset Feather Stitchery is more about design than stitches – it mainly uses buttonhole, chain and feather stitch, but in a very distinctive way. The (only) book on the subject is “Dorset Feather Stitchery” by Oliva Pass and tells how the Women’s Institue rescued this local craft from being forgotten.

Jill showed us a couple of pieces of Dorset Feather Stitchery she had done as part of her City and Guilds course in embroidery, and supplied materials so everybody could devise their own design. Some people started on pieces to be potentially useful for a cushion cover or cards, while others did samplers to learn the stitches and how to apply them to the designs.

We will continue with this craft on 30 April.

Women round a table, stitching. One helping another with the method being used. Concentrating hard on the stitching.

Six pine cone shapes cut out in brown felt, divided by ric rac braid stitched with brown thread The distinctive “pine cone” shapes used in DFS

Lines and pine cone shaped embroidered in red, orange and green One piece well underway

Pair of hands working on filling a circle with orange thread Filling in the centre with satin stitch

Piece of fabric with lines of stitching on it, plus a pine cone shape in brown, outlined with buttonhole stitch Sampler of…

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