Sea Urchin III in process

Posted: January 22, 2017 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul, It's Crow Time
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a friend accidentally washed her Mum’s favourite wool cardigan & gave it to me for Sea Urchin III
the template has a diameter of 29cm, even remembered the formula for finding the circumference of a circle to divide it evenly into 10 panels
each panel was cut with a scalpel blade and steel rule
the first panel was stitched with DMC cotton perle with lots of French knots and couched threads for texture, then made a blind drawing whilst looking at the details of the sea urchin under the jeweller’s lens
NB blind drawing is a favourite exercise for getting the hand/eye coordination flowing by following the edges of the surface of the object with the eye and the tip of the pencil without looking at the paper

also tried one strand of blind stitching inspired by Leonie Andrews’s Stitching in the Dark but there was too much blood letting involved, Old Man Crow suggested wearing Teflon gloves!

  1. dinahmow says:

    Teflon gloves…hahaha! I love what you do.Just don’t “keep doing” it this time!

    • Mo Crow says:

      Blind stitching is for those wonderful stitchers who are so adept they can do it whilst watching TV or holding a conversation, it takes all my concentration not to get the thread tangled or put the needle though my fingers even with my eyes wide open wearing strong glasses!

  2. Liz A says:

    The drawing is amazing and yet the stitches take it to a whole other level.

  3. These days I suffer more from tangled threads than punctured fingers, but that still happens as well. 😂

  4. margaret johnson says:

    Looking scrumptious Mo, am loving your approach..ox

  5. Tracy says:

    Your urchins are absolutely slaying me!

  6. fiberels says:

    That will be a beautiful BIGGIE, Mo !

  7. fiona says:

    Woohoo! Loving this Mo and your delicate stitching is sublime – no need to pursue blood and bleeding for anything else.

  8. handstories says:

    Your ability to translate & transform are really something, Mo. (I can blind knit, but can’t even imagine the mess & gore that would result from blind stitching!)

    • Mo Crow says:

      It’s so cool how good knitters can work by feel, spinning would be similar I would imagine? getting the right feel for the tension and spin, the haptic sensibilities… enjoying this time out exploring the sea urchin in all it’s beautiful but fragile detail, have tried using them in jewellery but they just shatter with any pressure, these vessels make safe places for them!

  9. So deeply creative Mo – feeling your way … braille for the soul indeed – love it. The scale is exciting! I have tried blind stitching in kantha – keeping the needle more still and moving the cloth more. Tuning in to the haptic takes slow time don’t you reckon? Enjoy your journey

  10. debgorr says:

    These have to be so incredible to hold, I think of the texture…

  11. Carol says:

    Mo, you are giving that felted jacket a miraculous new life. Producing magic right there under your finger tips.

  12. Heidi Monks says:

    It is wonderful to see your beautiful work Mo! Aroha from Aotearoa

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