Drive-By Stitching

Small section of hemstitching

Edge stitching can be a good option when stitching in hand is more convenient than stitching with a hoop or frame. Plus, with a repetitive stitch you won’t need to constantly refer to a pattern. Just pick the piece up and stitch.

So, I have another thought on squeezing stitching time out of a jam-packed day: something along the lines of “drive-by stitching.”

The idea is to keep a project in a high-traffic area so it’s there and ready when you’re passing by, briefly waiting, or able to sneak in a few stitches.

It’s much like having a floor frame set up, always ready to go, but a floor frame probably isn’t going to live in a high-traffic area because it takes up too much space and is too hard to move or navigate around. You have to go to it, which, believe it or not, can be a hurdle. A hurdle doesn’t have to be big to trip you up, as anyone who’s stumbled over a carpet corner can attest.

Drive-by stitching has to be easy. No obstacles. A piece on the kitchen counter is more likely to get your attention—and perhaps more likely to get splashed with salad dressing, but work with me here. Maybe it’s not on the counter, but on a desk by the counter or a shelf above the counter.

Okay, what if it’s in the bathroom? True story: I once stitched in a bathroom, having a lengthy and serious conversation with a four-year-old who was taking a bath, or, at least, was playing in a tub filled with water.

A picot edge on a Funk & Weber bracelet

Bracelets–especially bracelet edges–are super drive-by projects. You could whip out part of a bracelet edge while you’re on the phone…talking, not texting.

It probably helps if it’s a piece that can be worked in hand or can live in a hoop or Q-snap so that no setting up is required. Small ornaments, tags, earrings, and edge stitching come to mind.

You can even make a game of it. The needlework is a toll booth: You can’t pass without paying 5 stitches. Ooo…a game! Anyone up for a little competition?

What do you think: Might you get some stitching done this way?

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