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Backseat Stitching

Throughout the summer, I did a lot of backyard stitching. It was relaxing and enjoyable to sit outside and work on embroidery and hexagons! Earlier this week I did something that I didn't think I'd ever be able to do: backseat stitching.

Working or reading in the car doesn't usually work for me, but I decided to try it out on a short road trip. Smooth roads for long distances made it possible! So I happily stitched while we drove from Illinois to Kentucky where we visited the Creation Museum (and I got an idea for stitching medieval comet drawings while learning about comet ISON...we'll see where that leads).

How about you? Do you stitch on the road?


  1. I've tried stitching on the road before, but we usually take road trips and vacations on my dad's big straight-gear truck, which is a pretty rough, bumpy ride for embroidering! Knitting is my go-to car (or truck!) craft. :)

  2. I tend to stick to crocheting or attempting to knit when I am in a car. It's easier to make sure that your tension stays right. I'm new to embroidery, though, so it may just be that I need more time to adjust.

  3. I've stitched on the train before. Rather enjoyable.
    Claire xx

  4. I usually get horribly carsick, but thankfully I can cross stitch in the car. Anytime we go anywhere in the car I bring a project along. Even if it's a short trip, I can still get a few rows done!

  5. Gotta love those Northern Indiana roads. I live in Southern Indiana. Knitting in the car is usually a no go for me.

  6. I tried this in Oregon, but the land is too beautiful to not look. Now that I'm back in the midwest, (the land is still beautiful, but in a different, quieter way) I will try it again. Hey, we are in KY! Come and visit!

  7. I wish I could stitch in the car! I tried it once from Tucson to Flagstaff, Arizona and I got so car sick it was unbelievable!

    Medieval comet drawings sound fascinating!

  8. i'm usually the one driving, but when I'm not I do like to stitch in the car, usually some EPP :)

  9. Our truck makes stitchin with needles a bloody mess. Literally. I knit or I'm the driver!

    Medieval Comets huh?

  10. Anonymous7:10 PM

    I have epilepsy and do not drive. I have been dragging my embroidery along on road trips for a long time, over a decade. :-) As a matter of fact, I take that into consideration when I purchase replacement (rarely) tools for my kit, if the tool can't take a few knocks, it is not in my kit.

  11. I don't leave the house without some needlework. Embroidery, knitting, or tatting. Even if it's only 15 minutes I can get a lot done. I am disabled and my husband always drives.

  12. Gah! I don't think I can do it knowing that 1) I have terrible eyesight that I'd rather not damage some more 2) I have motion sickness and 3) I'm afraid of handling sharp objects in motion

  13. Anonymous1:16 AM

    I totally do this! But people give me weird looks if I try to do this on the bus :(

    1. Anonymous9:08 AM

      Yes, it is totally sad that people give any of us weird looks when we embroider in public, on the bus or at the pharmacy waiting for a prescription or anywhere else really. They look at you as if you are trying to chop a finger off of something, not just stitching. I get a lot of "old lady hobby" comments too...... I suspect they think that video games, shopping and TV should be what fills up everyones free time. I always ignore them.

  14. I stitch on planes and on road trips in the car. We island hop and puddle jump (fly!) all over the Pacific region, and living in Manila particularly where the traffic is HORRIBLE, we sit for hours in the car. Stitching keeps me occupied and helps my blood pressure stay at a calm state-- lol! In fact, if I look up at a car that's close enough for the driver to inspect my handwork, I'll gasp and my hubby will say, "Babe! Just stitch! Stitch!" Ha!

    I stitch on Aida, linen, and card stock (greeting cards!). On my packing list, the final item is, "Pack a stitching project." I work on large projects like pillow shams or birthday tablecloths that fit over card tables, and items as small as Christmas ornaments. Most everything I make is gifted away. It's been like this for 27 years now. ",)



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