It would be even better if I could get the colours to be symmetrical on the "feather" but I think that would be quite hard to achieve with the variegated thread.
I made the VERY long picots by winding the thread six times around a pencil before making the next double stitch.
The pattern can be found here at Needles-n-Shuttles.
I like finishing bookmarks with a tassel but this makes a change and is very attractive.
What do you think?