Creative Process: A little batty

Friday, August 2, 2013

Batty 2 WIP

In today’s Creative Process post I wanted to highlight a beautiful work in progress by creative stitcher Sue Tortoise, who blogs at Tortoise Loft. I was fascinated by her process photos, which share all the details of her inspiration and contruction.

Using a bat from Richard Shorleyker’s 1632 pattern book, A Schole-House for the Needle, Sue set to work realizing her vision for the project. She says of older pattern books:

…don’t expect the kind of how-to’s and stitch instructions we are used to in modern magazines. No list of materials, no colours – no technical help. It was
left up to the worker to translate these drawings into embroidery and lace.

I was impressed by her skilled use of DMC Metallic Silver thread on a dark linen background – it really makes the beauty of the metallic sheen come through! She used this project to practice seed stitch – a simple fill stitch that produces gorgeous texture, especially when used with variegated thread:

Batty WIP 6 - the stars are out

Sue covers all sorts of fascinating details in her post, including what she found to be an ideal needle for size 8 pearl cotton – a chenille needle. If you’re not familiar with chenille needles, take a look at ours. They are similar in size to a tapestry needle, but have a sharp point rather than a blunt one.

I love posts like these that reveal both the stitcher’s inspiration and thought process as they work. And having such beautiful photos helps, too! Thanks, Sue, for allowing us to share your creative process! For more details on her inspiration and process, visit her blog.


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  • Karen Forrest
    August 3rd, 2013 7:45 am

    Wow, this is beautiful I like not using a store bought kit but using a freehand! I have made so many things from packages, it’s hard to count; however, I haven’t made any thing for myself but for Christmas, birthday, weddings or anniversaries.
    My favorite stitch is the satin stitch. I have retaught my 78 year old mother. For years she crocheted, sewn or knitted things, I would guess mate well over 100 items. My mom has Alzheimer’s and doing this type of work is a relief for her. I have learn to keep only the pattern that she is working on with the floss in her workbasket to keep her focused on one thing every once in awhile she will go into the sewing room and pullout a new pattern and wanting to start working on them I just simply ask her to stay on one task.

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