Contemplating 366 hand-stitched squares in my 2012 daily art project, I realize how certain familiar stitches, shapes and symbols came back again and again, especially on days when I couldn't figure out anything original to do. That's when I reverted to my usual suspects.
Early on I started to make motifs with featherstitching. For decades I have admired the elaborate featherstitching on crazy quilts but never quite mastered it, and this year I decided to do so. At the start of the year I consulted my embroidery stitch manual to make sure I was doing it right, but it didn't take long to internalize the routine.
The featherstitching always reminded me of branches with little twigs coming off, and I often decorated them with detached-chain leaves or little french-knot flowers.