Moving so far away from family means absolutely heinous car trips home. So far Rob and I haven’t been able to make the journey without at least one stopover either at my parents’ house or a hotel. To make things slightly more bearable we trade off drivers every 1.5-2.5 hours and are pretty dang chatty.
One of the things that I do is work. To this day I still think it’s pretty dang awesome that I can “work” by stitching up silly things like fists made to look like they bear the tattoo “handmade”. So that’s what I did! My first go I actually screwed up and made them say “homemade” and after I finished the left hand I was like : eye roll, profanity, tossing across the car, sulking, in that particular order :)
When I got over being irritated about the whole thing I started over. I think that part of my bad attitude came from having already been in the car almost a full day and the fact that the light was starting to dwindle meaning I wouldn’t be able to keep my hands busy any longer. But in the end I finished it up, and terribly proud of myself posted that bidness to Instagram immediately.
Seriously instantly. Last stitch, snap, try for a witty comment, submit! I hadn’t even tied off my floss! Today I’m sharing with you the very simple pattern. It’s nothing fancy because I did this in the car. To save time I just scanned in the piece and made it black and white. It will work like a pattern it’s just not as clean as a normal one. Perhaps things will settle down soon. And maybe I’ll sleep and totally forget about it. Only time will tell ;)
You can use a transfer pencil. The pencil should wash out leaving no trace of your design on the fabric prior to stitching. You can use a Sulky transfer marker which is awesome but permanent. It’s super cool, though because you draw on paper, iron onto fabric, bing, bang, boom. But again, that line will always be on that fabric. No problem if you stitch perfectly but I often don’t. Lastly you can trace onto the fabric using a lightbox, or the poor man’s light box… a window :) Just tape your paper to a window with strong natural light behind it and then tape your fabric on top. I use either a super fine sharpie (if it will NEVER be washed) or a pencil for things that will hit water some day. I prefer the sharpie as it’s easier to see but I often use the pencil so I don’t have to worry about my ink bleeding some day.
I can think of a gazillion fun uses for this and I think I might actually stitch it onto a few kitchen towels in different colors! Or maybe I won’t. I’m getting more and more fickle with each passing year, I think!
Whether I use it again or not, it doesn’t diminish how awesome I think this turned out and I’m super happy that a terrible car ride was at least a little bit productive :)