Monday, 4 January 2010

Travel Stitching

I got a decent start made on my hardanger needlecase, but didn't get as much done as I'd hoped or planned. With about 5 hours of stitchable in-transit time, I'd hoped to get much of the outlining done, but thanks to the lack of light on board the coach at times, (the driver left the main cabin in darkness when it got dark and didn't even give us access to our own reading lights for a goodly while!) and the fact that I dropped off to sleep a bit on the way back, I just got this far. On the outward journey I did almost all the outer border, save 3 'boxes' and just completed that small bit and started the inner border on the way home once I realised that we could use the reading lights! Working with thick threads, tapestry needles and counted thread fabrics is quite possible in-transit, but I doubt I'd attempt much in the way of fine work with its sharp needles on the move!

Now it's back to the cross stitch as I only have less than 2 weeks to get that stitched and finished up. Hoping to find some sort of hanger on Friday afternoon when I plan to take a trip to the craft shop area. I hope the quilting section has something that will do. They do a lot of things like bag handles, so I'm hopeful....

4 comments:

Nic said...

This looks like it will be very pretty - what thread are you using?

Ihave to admit that since I moved to a place with no tram service, only busses, I don't stitch as much when travelling unless it is by train - just too much for my eyes now. Hence the knitting - socks are great for this, so portable and I can do them in all kinds of light (or lack thereof!)

Sheilasembroidery said...

That looks like a good start on the hardanger and a very pretty colour.
Thanks also for your comments on my blog. In reply I don't use my good threads for this work as they will be covered when complete. More about that later as I progress the piece. I studied Italy, Africa (well a general overview as it is a big continent and only small areas known for their embroidery) and Gran Canaria for my Diploma C&G. I wish you well in your plans.

Wanda said...

Looks like a good start to me! What a bummer that the light situation was so poor. But on the other hand, maybe you needed that nice little nap!

Jules said...

I'm impressed, it looks very delicate and pretty. I once tried to do a cross-stitch bookmark kit on a train journey - never again! And it proved I can't count for toffee...

 
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