Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Have Art: Will Travel

   I have found that when I travel, I feel completely "naked" if I don't carry along some art projects on which to work. Most of the time this is easy, because I usually have a few pieces in process that are laying about the studio. At other times I find myself frantically pulling something together to take along.
  The easiest thing to bring is hand work, because, usually  I don't have a sewing machine at vacation destinations. (Although I have been known to pack one) Handwork is never a problem, as I love to do it.
   Below is an example of a piece I just took along on a recent trip. It was a quilt sandwich that I created to practice thread tension and various stitches on the machine. I liked the looks of it, and decided to do a little beading and will perhaps add some hand stitching as well. At any rate, this is what it looks like so far.

click on picture for a close up view

     I also try to never be without my camera or my sketchbook/journal. This is true on a daily basis as well as while traveling.
   What about you? Do you have certain things that you feel at loose ends without on a daily basis?  If so, what are they?


  1. I agree, got to have both stitching and sketchbook/watercolor projects when I travel or I feel lost. Oh, and I must have two cameras...and a gluestick.

  2. Forget the American Express card, I don't leave home without my camera (and camera charger)!

  3. I am so passionate that I must keep my hands working with handwork or my sketchbook with designs or knitting a new fun scarf. it is almost like an addiction...hey stop by when you are in town...I am located one block from the new LCA location at 50 South Second Street and my cell phone is 504-8428 to call ahead. Stay warm and have a great weekend! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  4. I think we all are addicted on our own funny ways!
    Thanks Mary Helen, I will be stopping by sometime soon!

  5. Leaving on a jet plane in 1 hour, taking with me "Where woman create" silk slub ravelings knitted tightly to make a eye glass/phone carrier and xanax. 1st time I'm taking needles, I didn't think we could.