Believe 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.
So 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.