Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How to Tuesdays: Stitching in a Car

Hand embroidery completed while driving. Well, I'm not driving. But someone is.
Next time you take a long car ride, bring your stitching project along. I do this all the time. Above you see some of the stitching completed during a really really long ride to the east coast. (Click here to see the step-by-step process for constructing the quilt.)

Here are some helpful tops for stitching on your next road trip:
  • Safety first. Have someone else drive the car.
  • Only stitch in the daylight. Unless you are wearing a head lamp, stitching at night can be dangerous.
  • Bring all your supplies with you (needles, thread, scissors, thimble). Most roadside convenience stores do not carry embroidery thread.
  • Find a safe place to stick the needle when it's not being used. I can not stress this enough. You may think you are just popping out of the car for a quick coffee run but you are really losing the needle in the seat of the car only to be discovered by a disgruntled spouse when it's your turn to drive.
  • Expect attention from passing semi-truck drivers. Truck drivers are very nosy and like to look over your shoulder when you stitch.
  • Do not listen to politics on the car radio. Reactions to stupid remarks by candidates can cause you to lose control of the needle resulting in finger stabs.
  • Do not give driving directions when stitching. The driver does not appreciate seeing a needle waving "go left" out of the corner of his eye.
Betty's Bloomers #24 pre-stitchery
I hope you have found these suggestions helpful. And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.





Laura

17 comments:

Julie Bagamary said...

Good advise. I stitch in the car, truck, van, bus, airplane, boat...etc. As to "misplacing" needle, family hates...."uh oh".

Gale, pursuing as much as I can as fast as I can! said...

Then there are those of us that get nauseous even thinking about stitching in the .... excuse me! I have to run now!!!!! (Motion sickness can be such a pain!)

Tonya said...

I worked on hand quilting a quilt on a 8 hour trip one summer.....great time to work.

Kati's Quilting said...

@Gail: You should still try it. I have motion sickness all the time, but when we're on the highway I don't get it at all. It mostly comes when we're going on winding or hilly local roads. I stitch in the car all the time and never ever had a problem. You can get a lot of piecing/quilting done while You're in the car on the way to that vacation destination for 2 days.

Monica said...

We travel often in an RV and i have done everything from beading and despite special mats and trays the carpet of the last RV must have yielded a necklace to the buyer. Sewing is fun and I stick the needle in and arm. For my travel journal i have decided to try to create back grounds and pockets before i leave as spraying paint is full of chance encounters with bumps and sudden stops.As is anything wet regardless of water brushes small misters and a plethera of "for the road" items.

Janelle said...

The roads here are so bumpy that everything goes out of control. Thanks for the laugh.

WoolenSails said...

I love to stitch in the car, but once I get to maine, I want to see the views;) Great way to keep my mind busy when we are going through the cities. I use a plastic box, usually the flatter types, so I can fit blocks and all my supplies without losing them.

Debbie

Gerrie said...

Very true - about stitching in the car. I am extremely prone to car sickness, but I have no problem doing hand stitching.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Laura. Howlingly funny post. Regrettably, I get violently car sick no matter what, so forget the stitching. I really like your embroidered piece. Also enjoyed your interview with Pat Sloan. Glad you didn't forget! It was very interesting.
best from Tunisia,
nadia

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Your quilts/crafts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!
www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
Hugs, Ulla (from Finland)

Diana Louie, The Village Fabric Shoppe said...

I agree with you about stitching in the car, I have found that a small box for holding supplies is great, but the best thing is to attach a small fridge magnet to the box ( those promotional ones are perfect ) on the inside of thi lid for a place to perch the needle in a hurry. I also keep my travel scissors on a "Leash" so that if they get dropped I don't have to strangle myself with the seatbelt to pick them up off the floor. I never travel without a project.

Threeundertwo said...

I always stitch in the car! I would add to your advice that you should always "just happen to have" maps to local fabric stores tucked in your sewing supplies. If we have to stop for lunch, might as well pop into a nearby quilt shop!

Kristine said...

It's great until traffic comes to a dead stop ahead and the driver slams on the brakes. Thimbles save fingertips!

liniecat said...

BRilliant! lol

Sandra said...

I became a follower after reading this post that shows what a lovely sense of humor you have.

Library Gal Quilts said...

Laura you crack me up as usual! I have been known to stitch in the car and I completely understand the comment "uh-oh"...have a good weekend. p.s. 7-11 could be nationally famous for carrying embroidery thread. Now that would grab some attention!

StitchinKat said...

I often cross stitch in the car on vacation trips, and when sitting by the lake in the mountains where we visit annually! Have a tote to keep supplies in...I even stitched at the Saratoga Racetrack one trip! My quilting is limited to machine style, but I'm interested in combining my stitching and quilting into art quilts so I'm looking forward to visiting your blog often!