Working on a Suffolk Puff quilt – the quilts at home but I sometimes take a tin of precut circles out with me, but most of the time it’s embroidery or cross stitch
Mr X Stitch aka Jamie Chalmers has an interesting column in this month’s Crafty Magazine about embroidering in public, Jamie travels a lot and takes his cross stitch with him and apparently he gets some weird looks, I totally get that. I don’t travel that much, although if I did I’d be taking my embroidery along to but what I do do is spend a lot of time outside dance classes and in the summer a lot of time in playgrounds and I do have moments where I spend a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms and I take my embroidery along then. I’ve even survived a 5 week long, extremely boring workshop series by embroidering my way through that to (if I hadn’t done that I would have doodled on every single scrap of paper I could have found, then started doodling on my self and then, when I ran out of skin, started climbing the walls, embroidery = sanity saver).
I think most people are used to me doing it now, particularly outside the dance classes but it is a conversation trigger ranging from fascinated little kids, to older girls who think it looks cool, to old women who tell me “oh I remember when my mother used to do that” aka I’m a throw back to the first half of the 20th century (I get that particular comment a lo). It’s surprising to how many people don’t know what I’m doing is called, particularly when I’m doing embroidery, I thought everyone knew what embroidery was, obviously not, it often gets referred to as ‘cross stitch’ and more than once knitting. I feel like I need a t shirt with ‘it’s called embroidery’, embroidered on of course.