I saw another bat yesterday. It was too big to be a silver haired. I need to learn my bats. But back to last months invader.
Last week’s Lasionycteris noctivagans turned out okay. The first draft turned out to be anatomically incorrect. The silver hairs on the silver haired bat are only on the back and I had shown the bat from the front side. Photographs do not always adequately represent black critters well. The wings needed to be darker, and the body from the dorsal view needs to be less v-shaped and more shaped “like a potato”, in the words of the museum mammalogist. Anyway, the face was removed, which was a bit sad as it was a rather good face, the wings painted darker and the back hair fluffed out a bit. Too bad about the face, but it is a work in progress. I hope to try again with another bat, but will have to work on how to do the wings.
The technique I used on the wings is an old one. None of the stitches I know would have given the thin, dark translucency that bat wings have, so they were painted. It was tricky as the water colors bled underneath the stitches. This will take some practice but I am pleased with the results. Adding painted details was commonly done in America of the 1700s. It allows finer detail than standard cross stitches.
I saw another bat yesterday. It was too big to be a silver haired. I need to learn my bats.
Swan, Susan Burrows. Plain & Fancy: American Women and Their Needleworks, 1700-1850. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977. Look at Plate 36.