Our guest today is Rachael of imagine gnats. Rachael is a mama, wife, designer, and all-around creative lady. She recently released her first garment sewing patterns, is currently hosting Shorts on the Line, and you can find a whole host of embroidery resources on her blog.
Today she’s sharing a little about her favorite kind of travel stitching, hand embroidery, and a recent project.
while i do love a good paper piecing project, i must confess that my very favorite travel project is hand embroidery! paper piecing is a “sitting on the couch” activity for me. no idea why, but sometimes that’s just how these things work. i always make sure to load up my floss and needles and my scissors shaped like a bird (you have to have those scissors, right?) before we head out on a road trip.
and i always travel with this lovely bag that my friend Jill, of Made With Moxie fabulousness, gave me last summer. (should you be in need of such a lovely bag, she even has a tutorial for how to make your own right here!) of course, we don’t actually “head out on a road trip” all that often, which means… that ambitious stitching shown above? well, i’ve been working on that for just about a year now.
so, how about an embroidery project that i recently finished? i did spend some time stitching this sewing sayings pattern set while enjoying the early summer weather out on our deck, and it was lovely.
how can you make stitching on the road a pleasant way to pass the time? it’s as simple as a little pre-trip preparation. i like to decide what i’ll stitch up ahead of time (and i encourage you to be ambitious… better to not stitch it all than to run out!!) so that i can trace the pattern and have the appropriate floss and thread with me. i like to trace my patterns with a water-soluble marker, and i typically pack up the marker is my embroidery bag in case i need any touch-ups while on the road.
these are some in-process shots… isn’t it fun to watch it come together? of course a road trip is the perfect time to instagram all the things! i just might be headed out on a trip of my own soon, and you can follow my instagram feed here.
if you’re looking for a fun embroidery project for your summer travels, what about this thread girl embroidery to-go case (a free project)? and you can find my sewing sayings embroidery pattern for sale here. thanks to Jennie and Clara for having me today! and i hope your summer is a season by hand!