Stitching on the Move

I’ve often mentioned how I usually have a little sewing project in my handbag for those opportune free moments to do a little stitching, such as Doctors waiting rooms, teashops etc. I even made myself a pretty sewing wallet to keep everything safe in. It may take up a bit of room in my bag but yesterday proved why it is worth it!

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I work two days a week in the centre of Leeds, about 12 miles away, I usually take the train, 20 minutes with a bit of a walk at the other end. Yesterday I left home at 7am as usual but didn’t arrive at work until 1.30pm!!!! I was stranded on a train for over FIVE hours after a power line went down, no drinks, no toilets after an hour, no air conditioning and a packed commuter train, luckily I had a seat. We ended up having to transfer across to another train via a ramp. It was certainly an experience – as I put on facebook, I’ve never been escorted off a train by the police before!

For the first 10 minutes or so after the train came to a halt I did the crossword, we rapidly realised the train wasn’t going anywhere soon, so I got out my sewing, it’s amazing how much you can do in five hours, even if they are teeny stitches…

This is a little project I started a few weeks ago, it’s a free design on the French blog Il Est Cinq Heures. It’s called Spring. There’s a rabbit and a sheep on it, together with flowers and a watering can, I thought it was rather cute. I’ve used DMC threads from my stash, trying to use up ones I’ve managed to double up on. I must admit I didn’t realise til I got it out to start (away from home) that to finish it the size I wanted it would have to be stitched over one thread! It was feeling a bit like hard work when I was half way down the watering can. I took a photo on the train after about an hour or so, this is where I was…

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By the time we transferred onto the rescue train I’d stitched the watering can, albeit with the wrong colour (luckily it’s too similar to stand out – it’s not as obvious in real life!) some flowers and most of the rabbit, I just had to stitch his ears when I got home. I feel more enthused about this one now so hopefully it won’t take too long – it would be nice to finish it before the end of spring!

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About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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9 Responses to Stitching on the Move

  1. claire93 says:

    you were well-equipped for an unexpected train stop!

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  2. Mary says:

    Such a great use of your time in what could have been a very stressful situation. Well done!

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  3. anne54 says:

    I imagine everyone else was very envious when you sat there, calmly stitching, while they were bored! I always have a book with me, but fortunately have never been stuck anywhere for 5 hours.

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  4. katechiconi says:

    Perhaps it was as well there was no food and drink, with no loos either! Having some handwork certainly was lucky, and you’ve made good progress 🙂

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  5. tinaor says:

    What a nightmare journey it would have been without your stitching to hand. It reminds me to always have some craft to hand!

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  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Impressed at your fore thought, and oh isn’t it pretty.

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  7. Oh my how boring and exciting at the same time. I have had my bus break down but usually a replacement comes in a half hour or so. Smart of you having something to do in your bag.

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    That was quite the surprise, but you made good use of your time, and it kept the frustration to a minimum too!

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  9. Catherine says:

    What a dreadful commute that day! I’m glad you had something to keep you occupied. A nice piece of stitching complete!

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