Traveling? Some Stitch Tips

silkstitching1Believe it or not, I’m looking forward to a long, long car ride next week. Why? It’s an opportunity to stitch for extended stretches of time without those bothersome interruptions like fabric dyeing, thread washing, and being chased around the garden by mosquitoes.

etuiSo as I pack up my etui, threads, and stitch projects I have a few tips for your next stitching adventure on the road:

  • 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.

9 thoughts on “Traveling? Some Stitch Tips

  1. A needle minder (magnetic device) is very helpful with “Find a safe place to stick the needle when it’s not being used. ” I have a friend who makes these and they are wonderful as you can attach them to your shirt/blouse (also magnetically) and the needle stays with you. (you could also attach it to your work.)

  2. Great post!! My husband and I drive to Colorado and back from New Jersey twice a year. He does all the driving and I embroider. It’s the only way to stay sane on 3 long days, and I get a lot done!

    • It really is a great way to pass the time, enjoy quality time with your spouse, and be creative too. Enjoy your next trip!

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