Greetings, storytellers and poets. I hope August is being good to you. Did you read Sherry’s Monday feature? If not, give it a go: “Vivian Has Two New Books!” On Friday, Rosemary’s Thought Provokers glimpsed Jack Gilbert. Next Wednesday, for the Midweek Motif, Susan returns to us with: Safety. And for the 6th month of the Pantry of Prose, I would like to explore one of my favorite words:
a. one complete movement of a threaded needle through a fabric or material such as to leave behind it a single loop or portion of thread, as in sewing, embroidery, or the surgical closing of wounds.
b. a loop or portion of thread disposed in place by one such movement in sewing: to rip out stitches.
c. a particular mode of disposing the thread in sewing or the style of work produced by one such method.
2. verb (used with object)
d. to work upon, join, mend, or fasten with or as if with stitches; sew (often followed by together): to stitch together flour sacks to make curtains; a plan that was barely stitched together.
e. to ornament or embellish with stitches: to stitch a shirt with a monogram.
3. verb (used without object)
f. to make stitches, join together, or sew.
some of my own stitches,
(first shared on Instagram)
For today’s prompt, I invite you to write a new short story or essay or article (in 313 words or fewer), which uses “Stitches” in any of the ways described above.
As a secondary option, you can take one of your old poems, which fits this week’s theme (Stitches), and turn it into a new short story.
Do let us know which option you chose.
This prompt will remain open until Tuesday night. One entry per participant. Visit other storytellers. Let us stitch some prose!
a wee note (for visitors and natives): Poetry is delicious, and we love it so much. But… the Pantry of Prose is for prose (stories, slice of life pieces, essays). So, as always, links to poems will be deleted.