Thursday, June 02, 2011

You're Just a Hand Made Thing in a Machine Made World

What is it about hand work that is so necessary to the fiber artist? I often hear textile artists say they have to keep their hands busy. It's impossible for them to just sit and watch the world pass by. If they aren't creating something, they feel restless and like time's a wastin'.
Whether knitting or tatting or stitching, textile artists hunger for the feel of fiber in their hands. One friend was so adept at knitting she would stitch in line at the grocery store. Don't you long for the needle and thread while waiting at the doctors office?
Fish with inquiring minds.
So I'm wondering how and where do you keep your hands on fiber? Ever stitch at stop lights? Knit on an airplane? Inquiring minds want to know.

17 comments:

Kathleen said...

Oh yeah! I always have my sketchbook with me or a textile book or textile periodical. If not, I have something to sew - rarely do I leave my house without some form of entertainment! Those are bits of moments that I am able to achieve great things. Through time I have found that the idea that was so great that I just knew I wouldn't forget it is indeed forgotten unless I have something to mark it with.

Gene Black said...

I truly relate to "impossible for them to just sit and watch the world pass by. If they aren't creating something, they feel restless and like time's a wastin'."
Yeah, my hands have to be occupied. Otherwise I get all "itchy" and need to get up and move. So in meetings I doodle constantly. Funny thing is, if my hands are busy I can focus on the speaker much better.

Mickie said...

I have hand projects at the front door that I call my "take out sewing". It's imperative to have things to do at the hospital or doctor's offices (caring for ill parent here). Sewing keeps me calm.

WoolenSails said...

I always make up small projects to take in the car. I like to stitch on long trips, especially in heavy traffic areas, it keeps my hands and mind on something else.

Debbie

JennyD said...

Oh yes, this is me. I always have one "simple" crochet project going--one that I don't need a pattern for. This comes with me to church, Bible Studies, doctor's appointments--anywhere I might be sitting with nothing in my hands.


I don't stitch at stoplights when I'm driving, and I can't generally crochet while I'm the passenger (I'll get car sick)--but I still attempt it periodically, because I can't stand to be sitting without anything to do with my hands!

Ellyn said...

yes I know this feeling! My teenage daughter spent much of the last 2 years in doctors offices, hospitals, therapy sessions (she's well now!) and I spent many happy hours stitching away in the waiting rooms. Embroidery, felt doodads, crochet... you name it!

Kathleen said...

I have a container of handwork things all assembled in ziplocs. I know that I can just grab a baggie and everything I need to keep busy while waiting somewhere is in there. I like having a choice each time too...sometimes it's just the simple GFG hexagons, or a punchneedle thing, or easy applique...so I can pick up whatever strikes my fancy that day.

Elaine said...

I was getting very impatient with my daughter at the store yesterday waiting for her. 45 min she took after I was done. I was really wishing my knitting was with me. Then I wouldn't have gotten angry with her feeling like I was wasting time. I did repent and she forgave me.

Marsha said...

Many years ago, while serving in the Peace Corps in West Africa, I learned never ever to leave home without (1) a book and (2) handwork! Although I have to carefully manage the amount of time these old arthritic hands spend in handwork, I still love it. Anywhere and everywhere throughout the world!

Greenmare said...

everywhere! I stitch or sketch everywhere! waiting for a kid, traveling, camping. Once I was making a wallhanging for a dear friend and decided I had to hand quilt it in all our special places, so I took it camping, to school, even on retreat with us, but I had to sneak off to quilt on it so it would still be a surprise!

BarbR said...

We travel up to 12 hours to visit our daughters. Applique is a wonderful mind saver on planes and in airports. Books help too but the thread work is by far the best.

Lisa said...

Unfortunately I am having problems with numbness in my hands when I do hand work (probably carpel tunnel!:P) and so I have to take a book or sketchpad with me everywhere I go. If I am home and not at the sewing machine I am at the computer looking for more inspiration because obviously 2,456,692 projects just aren't enough to keep me busy!

GerryART said...

Guilty !
Just today on the way to the car wash I k2p2-ed on hubby's socks.
I'll knit stitches whenever, whereever every stitch bring me that much closer to the next pair of sox.
I keep my socks-in-progress in the car all the time.
hugs
Gerry

Pamela said...

Never bored! If there's nothing else to do, I always have a loop of string in my purse for string figures.

Pat said...

I always have a project that I am working on. I am either knitting, crocheting or sewing as I watch tv at night. Isn't there a saying something to do with an Idle Mind? Years ago I used to needlepoint and always had a project in my purse or bag that I was working on,

cindy said...

I'm limited to my stitch, usually around scrapbooking and paper is where I stitch in time. When? Oh, whenever I get a chance. Favourite time is during long road trips when I'm the co-pilot.

María Cristina said...

Hola Laura!!
Le escribo en mi lengua ya que leí que lo esta aprendiendo.
Me vi reflejada en este post, siempre necesito tenr algo para hacer en las manos, tejer, bordar o coser y dos o tres proyectos en curso...
Estoy fascinada con su blog y sus trabajos!!
Un saludo desde Tandil, Argentina.