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:
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.