I used to think there must be some sort of special kind of feather stitch that was done in Dorset. But no, it is the arrangements and patterns that are the characteristic Dorset thing. Buttonhole, chain, stem, wheatear, single and double feather stitches were all used, with some variations, in these typical pine cone and squiggle shapes, in a variety of borders and groupings. It was started by Olivia Pass, in the Dorset Women's Institute. I found references to this work on two other blogs, here and here.
We were doing this work at the West Hampshire and Dorset Embroiderers' Guild meeting last week. The idea was to make a sort of case / bag to contain sewing bits and pieces but as I am unlikely to be tidy enough to put my kit away in it I thought I'd make a postcard instead.
Typically I am working on a wild version, which will also be a postcard eventually: