Sunday, September 7, 2008

Embroidery on denim


So, I was embroidering the other day... in public! Thanks to my good blogging friend, Cal, I embroidered at a "Denim After Dark" event at Madewell in SOHO. I was nervous about embroidering on demand, because I am such a perfectionist, so of course I practiced for 2 nights before on denim fabric my sister gave me ages ago:


itty bitty denim sampler

That "sampler" is very itty-bitty - I scored the tiny hoops at the Michael's in Queens last week, sitting patiently on the R train for 40 minutes to get to craft heaven. Usually I visit Pearl on Canal St., but I wanted hoops, thread, and an all-around better selection so I took a special trip there. I can't describe the thrill I feel when stepping into a craft store and smelling all it's cold, air-conditioned... craftiness. :)


While I waited at the Madewell event I stitched lots of denim scraps and put them in tiny plastic hoops for entertainment:


It was fun to keep my hands busy and much easier to stitch on denim than I thought. Everyone was so friendly, there was a DJ playing, and there's nothing like having someone watch what you're doing, smile and comment. People were so shocked that people "still embroider" and it was so nice to share this little piece of my life with other people...


It was so much fun... I would do it again in a second. Have any of you ever crafted in public?

20 comments:

Cindy said...

Cute little stitcheries! Yes, I love crafting in public... it's a great conversation starter. If I know I'm going to be waiting anywhere I will bring something with me to work on. I can't stand just sitting there with nothing to do!

kristena marie said...

I love them!

I've knit and crocheted in public, and I love doing embroidery in the car on long road trips, but I guess that's a bit different. :)

Brook said...

Oh my gosh I am in love with this! the denim is so cute too! when I scrolled down it made me dizzy... I love the " I love you" one... I always embroider in public... people think I am crazy I am sure... who cares... better then watching TV...

Amy said...

I embroidery every morning and every evening on the 4/5 train coming and going to work!

Knit - R - Done said...

Adorable and certainly perfect, but doesn't that hurt your fingers? I've given up every time I've tried to work on denim.

ZenCrafter said...

Gorgeous stitching! I fumble around so much with my stitching and knitting and now crocheting that I think it would be tough for me to go public with my awkwardness. But I'm joining a small knitting group soon, so I will either get over my shyness or just keep crafting in private!!

emilyknits said...

these are so sweet!  i've never plucked up the courage to embroider in oublic which is silly really cos i'm perfectly happy to read.  maybe it's time i 'came out' in the staffroom at work ;-) x

Carina said...

Yay for crafting in public! I used to knit on the bus, and sometimes I crochet still. And it's not a rare occurrence to see me stitching something or other in the lunch room at work. And I dare say, most other people don't know how to embroider/knit/whatever, so they won't even notice that what you're doing isn't perfect. They'll just think it's interesting (or odd, depending on who it is, of course!) what you're doing. :-)

Claudia said...

so cute! i love the tiny hoops and the denim :)

i've embroidered while waiting for diego during a swimming lesson. it was a good feeling and at the same time i felt a little strange because like you said, people are shocked to see there's still people who embroider.

Kristin said...

These are oh-so-precious! I think many times we forget that there are "other" fabrics out there to embroider on. Beautiful job :)

Kristin
Reclaiming The Home

hodge podge said...

oh my, they must have LOVED you! those samples are adorable; i love their simplicity. makes me want to embroider words on all my clothes ;n) hey that reminds me, have you ever seen the book 'native funk and flash'? if not, you MUST get your hands on a copy immediately! it will blow your mind... trust me.

Stitcher S said...

I love stitching on denim, and some of my first works were on them back in the seventies!

I do stitch in public, but actually I haven't since I now have to wear regular glasses (can't wear contacts anymore) and reading glasses to stitch. Yes, that's two pairs of glasses! Talk about 'nerdy'.

I used to not mind it, and it was fascinating to hear people's comments on my stitching.

Love your denim pieces, by the way.

Geek+Nerd said...

I love the embroidery on denim! How fun! And though I haven't done it in quite awhile I do embroider in public. In fact, if I have a craft project that's at all portable I do it in public :)

ismoyo said...

Hooray for you for doing embroidery in front of an audience. They look pretty!
Wish i knew about that event earlier, i might have stopped by!

jen b said...

oh my gosh i love all of those. so very cute. will any of those be for sale? i'd love to buy a few.

Apryl said...

I've knit in public.. normally it will be something silly like knitting java jackets while sitting havign a coffee in starbucks.. one of my favourite things to do. I'm new to embroidery so haven't tried taking any out with me yet.

sewphie said...

These little embroideries on denim are so cute!
I'm inspired to try stitching in public as people round here (north of england) are very friendly so I bet it'll make a great conversation opener, stitchin' in the pub- here I come!

Anne said...

Wow, super cute!
Yep, I sometimes craft on public transport and the canteen at work.

Gumbo Lily said...

Love your denim stitcheries! I used to embroider on my bell-bottom jeans in 7th grade. (they were SO cool!) I like to take embroidery along with me when I'll be waiting. I take it to the ski lodge and embroider while the kids ski and we moms yak.

Jody

anabfonseca said...

My husband had knee surgery and instead of watching TV for hours in the waiting room, I brought my Ipod and pillow to embroider. ha
Your samples are so yummy! How many strands do you use? My stiches never look this beautiful.