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Monday, August 23, 2010

I Can Stitch...When Traveling @ 70 MPH

I had pretty much given up trying to stitch while riding in the car. Then about a year and a half ago, I came across a little Bent Creek zipper kit in my stash and decided to take it along while my DH and I took a drive. And I discovered stitching with #5 Pearl Cotton on 18 ct Cork linen is Michigan roads friendly! What a relief, no more "pin the tail on the donkey" type stitching (that's where you struggle for about five minutes trying to get the needle in the right hole). I can now actually stitch and enjoy the drive, too.

Here's a pic of a couple of my first Cork projects: "Made in the USA" kit, Bent Creek (center), in the lower right corner, Trail Creek Farm's "USA" freebie. On the left is "Land That I Love" from Lizzie Kate which is stitched on 32 ct raw Belfast.

We haven't been traveling much over the last year but I have managed to stitch or finish stitching the little grouping below:

Trail Creek Farm "Summer" freebie, Birds of a Feather "Halloween Costume" freebie, and The Gift Of Stitching, "Cupcake Doily" motifs with added buttons.

So now I have a little travel case packed and ready to go with some #5 pearl cottons, 3 or 4 smaller cuts of Cork linen, a few smaller, Cork appropriate patterns, a package of #22 needles, and a pair of travel scissors that I clip to my seat belt.

And then this past weekend, I made another discovery. We took a little camping trip and on the way, I pulled out an exchange piece that I am stitching on a piece of mystery 28 ct linen and found it surprising easy to work on. That is until we hit a nasty, bumpy stretch of highway and then it was back to the Cork. So now I have another travel option. Let's see, what do I want to stitch on 28? I really wish I could share a picture of my stitchy progress on the exchange piece but I don't want to spoil the surprise. I'll just say that it is very cute and such a clever idea from one of my new to me favorite designers. I just wish I had enough of the linen left to make one for me too!

I'm ready for a road trip, how about you?

Happy stitching! Thanks for stopping by my little neck in the woods.


Shannon said...

That's great that you can stitch while in the car. I wish I could to that. But I get car sick too easily.

All of your projects look really nice! :)

Pat said...

I sure can't stitch while the car is moving. I get "dizzy". I want to see where I'am going. lol
Boy! Your work sure is beautiful that you have done. Really nice accomplishments. Can we see the exchange after the person gets it? I bet that is pretty too.
Happy Quilting!

Barb said...

Hello Robin, goodness me driving and stitching multi-tasking there lol. I cannot stitch read or anything else when I am being driven, eyes firmly front, also cannot sit in the back. Oh well just have to stitch twice as quick when I get there to make up for it lol.
Just needed to say I LOVE that snowman he has such a happy face. Well done on your finishes look forward to more.
Enjoy the travelling.

Roberta said...

It is always nice to see another way to stitching in the car while riding. I usually knit or crochet, found that to work out nicely as well.


natalysneedle said...

I can't stitch in the car because I get motion sickness. The pieces have done on cork are beautiful. I love that you wouldn't stop looking until you found a way to stitch (in the car). That is devotion!

Joy said...

Love all of your stitching. I like to stitch in the car interuptions! Maybe it's time for a road trip...Happy Stitching!

Cynimin said...

I usually try to get some xstitch in while DH is driving but then find that needlepoint is much easier. Much larger holes. Cute finishes!

Stitching Cat said...

How lucky you are to be able to stitch in the car. I just found your blog and love your finishes. I especially like the Cat in Pumpkin Suit! Do you know if it is still available? I'm becoming a follower of your blog now. Thank you.

Cindy said...

I can only manage to stitch on canvas in the car :) I have given up on anything other than that because it is just too bumpy and I can't focus on what I am doing!!

Siobhán said...

Super cute finishes! I can't stitch in the car--I'm too busy helping my husband drive. ;)

connie said...

Wish I could stitch in the car..I can't read either..I do take along something to stitch on when we go camping..The light is perfect..cute finishes.

Berit said...

Ooh; how wonderful! And they all look great~Love that BoaF cat! :o