A Stitch in Rhyme is a webcomic set in Talwythen, the land of magical crochet. The story follows Dilys and Aeronwy, two teens who live in the town of Dinod-on-Neidr and study arach manu, the art and science of crafting arach. In Talwythen, a magical force called arach imbues the beasts, the birds, and the plants.
When Dilys and Aeronwy free a bunch of cathnids caged in a local shop, they uncover a conspiracy that threatens not just their lives and families but also the fate of arach itself. They face questions of love versus friendship, science versus religion, ethics versus laws, manufacturing versus craftmanship, and must weave together all of their arach manu ingenuity to unravel the plot.
I began posting the original story in May 2017. After posting for five months, I realized the story was being dragged down by weighty words. To better serve the story (and you, dear reader!), I revised and restarted it in November 2017 as a webcomic. The webcomic format highlights the crocheted illustrations, balances them with just the right amount of words, and ultimately brings out the best in both. It still posts twice a week on Monday and Wednesday.
(If you’re curious, you can read the original word-weighted version here.)
A Stitch in Rhyme is recommended for teens and older. There’s the occasional frank discussion and depiction of sex, a bit of violence, and a few curse words sprinkled here and there. I don’t believe in censorship so I won’t prevent anyone from reading it, but I want to enable you to make an informed decision. And, hey, if you’re a younger reader you can always have your parents read it with you!
The characters, creatures, and set pieces in A Stitch in Rhyme are all made of crochet or fabric. I custom make everything by hook and by hand, then pose and photograph them.
You might have noticed that A Stitch in Rhyme is written in rhyme. That’s because in Talwythen to rhyme is compulsory. I love wordplay and rhyme and wanted to tell a long-form story in rhyming verse. Is it Serious Poetry? Nah. But I like to think it runs the gamut from doggerel to lyrical.
The Point of View
Each page in the story is told from the point of view of one of the characters. Each character uses a different rhyme scheme and meter, which gives each character a unique voice. The point of view changes throughout the story to give you different perspectives as events unfold.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy it.