When you travel to an embroidery workshop or course, what do you take with you? Which of your things are absolutely necessary to have, that you wouldn’t borrow or buy new if you left them at Home Sweet Home?
Scissors, believe it or not, are not on this list. if I forget my scissors, I’ll still be comfortable using a friend’s pair or picking up a new pair – knowing that another pair will come in handy some day.
Needles I’m more particular about. There are two kinds of needles that I’ve learned to love: Bohin and Pym. They both are sharp and have smooth holes so the thread doesn’t catch. I can use other needles but I wouldn’t be as comfortable stitching with them.
My laying/scootching tool is another absolute necessity. It’s become almost an extension of my hand. I use it to smooth out thread, to push stitches aside when I’m working, to point out things to my dear husband, among other things I can’t recall right now.
My scissors block is something else I try not to forget. It holds whatever pair or pairs of scissors I’m using and I’ve finally gotten into the habit of putting my scissors back into the block so they are always there, every time I need them. I really get frustrated when I have to stop working and look for lost scissors. Grrr…
Lastly, my magnifying lamp. I can’t see well enough to stitch anything detailed without both the magnification and the daylight bulb shining on my work. Fortunately, I had the foresight to save the box in which it came so I can repack it every time we travel. The box isn’t very large and, if pressed, I could put it in my suitcase. I could also carry it in a small bag as carry on. Of course when we drive someplace, then I can take whatever I need – what a luxury!
When we go to England on Friday – yes Friday!!!!, I’ll also be taking a slate frame and my Needle Needs stand so I can work at home over the weekend on my goldwork piece. I already know I’ll need to do homework to get the piece finished and to the standard I hope to achieve.
I’ll also be taking my goldwork course text books (more about that next time), my gold cutting box, the silk I’ll be stitching on and the Trevelyon’s Cap project on the frame and the silk threads. (Just in case I have some time to work on it before the course begins.)
As much as I love traveling and am so excited about the course, my favorite place to stitch is my studio space in our loft at home. Yes…Home Sweet Home is the best place to work. Everything is there somewhere (even if one has to look for a while to find it!) the chair is just right, the lighting is perfect and I can make a cup of tea only steps away in the kitchen.
Which brings me to a give-a-way!
The very generous publisher, Country Bumpkin, sent me two copies of their new project book, Home Sweet Home. The book is full of ideas for gifts – both large and small. If you’re ambitious, you could stitch everything in the book and have a wonderful stitching box that you could take when you travel. It holds just about everything you need! Imagine pulling it out at a stitching workshop or class – the ‘oohhs’ and ‘aahhs’ would be so rewarding to hear!
To enter the draw for one of two copies of the book Home Sweet Home, you must leave a comment on today’s post by midnight, GMT, Saturday, June 23, 2012. Answers sent in an email directly to me will not enter you in the drawing for one of the two books to be given away.
Your comment must answer the questions I asked at the beginning of the article:
“When you travel to an embroidery workshop or course, what do you take with you? Which of your things are absolutely necessary to have, that you wouldn’t borrow or buy new if you left them at Home Sweet Home?
The winners will be announcer on Sunday, June 24. Winners must contact me with their mailing address by July 1, 2012.
It will be fun to see what people choose to take with them! Best of luck!