In a word – don’t. This is what happens when you do
The annoying thing is, the stitching was ok on the other side but had to be unpicked
So I went to bed and started again in the morning with better results ha ha
As you can see from the photos below I have been working from a book by Olivia Pass printed in 1957. A group of ladies from a Dorset WI (Womens Institute) had fun reviving simple stitches in a new form that they called Dorset Feather Stitchery.
Mostly they were inspired by the stitching decorating English smocks worn mainly in the Nineteenth century although they were worn as late as WWII in a few cases. Principally worn by male agricultural workers they were a practical and beautiful coverall – I intend to make one myself as I have another lovely old book by Alice Amess called English Smocks with Directions for Making Them. I particularly like one worn by a milk maid from Essex. As I am from Essex and have milked a few cows I think I can wear one!
You can find more about them here
Before that though, I will pop over the Slow Sunday Stitching to see what everyone else has been making, why not see for yourself!