TAST which featured the chain stitch. This motif is on a round robin block where the owner requested peacock motifs. I have been wanting to try my hand at a peacock feather since seeing the wonderful one Tanja Berlin created! I want to credit Tanja for the inspiration although the two feathers don't have a lot in common. Someday I would love to make that one of Tanja's though! Guess I'll add it to my bucket list.
Anyway, about this one I did. The center eye is solid chain stitch worked around and around until I was dizzy, working with two strands of DMC floss. Next I added a layer made up of a row of seed bead - bugle bead - seed bead. From each set of beads I worked a line of chain stitch. The spine of the feather is some gold cord couched down and then there are more lines of chain stitch coming from that. I don't think I've ever used as much chain stitch as this before or in these ways so I feel like I learned a lot. I am happy with the motif - hopefully the owner will be too.