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Sewn by Hand blog tour & giveaway!

April 04, 2011, 13:30 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Enjoy the simple pleasures of making something by hand? Love the sound of a needle and thread passing through fabric? Want to try sewing unplugged? If you answered yes, yes, and yes, then you’ll love Sewn by Hand, the newest book from Susan Wasinger (author of The Feisty Stitcher, Eco-Craft, and Fabricate).

Susan’s collection of hand sewing techniques and two dozen projects – like everything she does – are clever, beautifully presented, and supremely inspirational. In her book, Susan delves into the soulful side of stitching unplugged… and then, of course, there’s the sheer portability factor (just in time for summer vacation!). To celebrate the release of this book, we’re holding a little blog tour during the month of April with these fabulous stops (and hosts!). You’ll have plenty of chances to win prizes along the tour.

Blog Tour Schedule
4/4 Blog tour kickoff at LarkCrafts.com: you’ve arrived!

4/6 Sew Daily blog
4/8 Click here for a free travel thread caddy project from the book!
4/11 Pink of Perfection
4/13 Artsy-Crafty Babe
4/15 MayaMade
4/19 WhipUp
4/20 CRESCENDOh Blog
4/22 MummySam
4/25 Feeling Stitchy
4/27 Zakka Life
4/29 BurdaStyle blog

To get things started off on the right foot, we asked Susan a few questions.

Do you have a favorite spot for stitching unplugged? Love to stitch outside on the sundeck on a warm, breezy day. Also like to stitch in the kitchen while the kids do homework, or on the sidelines of a soccer or baseball game. I have an old purple overstuffed chair in the living room that sits in front of a wall of windows. I love to stitch there in the middle of the day when the house is quiet. It’s like a little meditation. (For pics of Susan’s creative space, click here!)

Do you have a favorite hand stitch? I like any stitches that show. That is my favorite part of hand sewing. I love using any and all hand stitches, but I like a heavy-weight thread or even a colorful embroidery floss so the stitches are not just an important part of the structure of the project, but also integral to the design and decoration. The subtle imperfection of hand stitches is utterly charming to me. And they mark the project as completely human and unique.

What’s the most ambitious hand-stitched project you’ve considered making? I think the hand-stitched ottoman in the book is cool because it is almost a piece of furniture. It is appealing to think you can make a piece of furniture with a length of fabric, some stuffing, and a needle and thread. The ottoman is perfectly functional, and it has a sort of delightfully rumpled quality to it that invites people to take a seat or put their feet up. The fact that I sewed most of it while sitting in the bleachers at my son’s little league double-header just makes it all the more beguiling.  

Repurposed fabric makes several appearances in the book. What makes repurposing so appealing for you? I do have a thing about wanting to make a rejected thing useful again. But usually I repurpose because of some quality in the material that grabs my interest, something inherent in its nature and character that I want to highlight. In the case of old sweaters, it is the color and the softness and the denseness of the felted wool that inspires me to make a hat. For those old button-down shirts, I loved the soft, crisp cottons and the subtle stripes and plaids that all looked beautiful together. But it was the buttons, and buttonholes, and the tailoring that really got me going. How could I make something that “borrowed” those seams?  So I made an apron that allowed me to use the placket and the pockets, and the difficult and careful sewing that someone else had done long ago.  I cut the shirt as little as possible, moved pieces around, turned them sideways, to make a very functional apron that uses the old shirt’s buttons and buttonholes to make an adjustable neck strap and uses the original shirt pocket to make a new useful one on the apron’s bib. Also, I repurpose because I hate to waste things. I suspect that is true of most people who sew, just have a look at their overflowing fabric stashes, and judge for yourself…

What’s the most interesting type of fabric you’ve repurposed? In another book of mine, The Feisty Stitcher, I repurposed old truck tire inner tubes to make surprisingly elegant address book covers. However, inner tube rubber is NOT a good candidate for hand sewing. In Sewn by Hand, I repurposed some old linen kitchen towel/calendars to good effect. I made self-covered buttons with the calendar entries that looked very cool and graphic on a linen tote bag. I also stitched one month of the calendar (a single square from the towel), on a baby bib. I personalized the bib by choosing the month of the baby’s birth, and then circling his actual birthday with bright red stitching. It makes a sweet, and fun, and very personal baby gift. Super easy to make as well.

Is there a project from the book that you’d want to make over and over? The ottoman or hassock is a favorite, and I would like to make three more of them to make a nice little casual cluster of them to sit on in my living room. They are surprisingly inviting little perches.

If no deadlines were looming, where would you be headed next, creatively speaking? I am currently obsessing on everything linen. I would love to do a book that would be nothing but 100% Linen. I’d also like to work on a sewing book that is completely pattern-less where all the projects just require a few measurements to make them work. No printing out or untangling complicated patterns, and no fiddly cutting out. In my book Feisty Stitcher, I did some simple jackets that were made out of nothing but simple rectangles. I would love to do a whole book of interesting projects that all started as rectangles.

What was the most enjoyable new technique you discovered in creating the projects for the book? I really have a big crush on the little bias-cut, frayed calico edging I used on the Pilot Hats. I cut strips of fabric on the bias and then got them wet, and roughed up the edges by rubbing them vigorously in the palms of my hands. Then I threw them in the dryer. The result is this delightfully softened, rumpled, frayed, ruffle-edged fabric I used to decorate and cover the edges of the hat. I could see a million uses for this stuff: around the edge of slippers, bibs, on the sleeves and collars of sweaters, for edging a blanket, all kinds of things. It’s adorable, delectable, versatile, can be any color or width, it’s really good stuff.

And, of course, we have prizes! To celebrate the release of Sewn by Hand, we’re offering up a copy of the book, two shirts (perfect for the repurposed projects in the book), and a travel sewing kit all to one lucky winner. To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m EST on Tuesday, April 19th. Any comment will do but we’d love to hear about your favorite “unplugged” sewing spot. One winner will be selected at random and contacted on Wednesday, April 20. Click here for the official rules.

Congratulations to Jimsylperk who’s been randomly selected to win our Sewn by Hand prize! Thanks so everyone who commented. Your favorite hand sewing spots are fabulous! So many fun, new unplugged places to try: the breakroom, the carpool line, the hammock, the doctor’s office, the subway, or a peaceful backyard setting…


Be sure to follow along the blog tour for more chances to win!


 
 
 
 
  • http://liveandletcraft.blogspot.com Ashley

    I live in NYC, so it’s unplugged on the subway for me! Sure, I get stares, but I also gain almost an hour of crafting time before and after work!

  • sewlindaann

    My favorite unplugged spot is my comfy swing on my deck right outside the kitchen door. I love to stitch there in the morning or evening and listen to the birds. When it’s not too cold, I like to have my coffee and stitch in the mornings as well. I have Feisty Stitcher (Love it!), can’t wait to see this one.

  • http://twitter.com/lindsaysews Lindsay Sews

    Probably my bed—I love to stitch something while I’m cozy under the covers!

  • Whitney

    I do most of my hand sewing on the couch — the shelf where I keep my crafting supplies is within arm’s reach, so all I need to do is sit down and snag my sewing bag from its basket and I have everything I need, whether it’s a quick maintenance project like sewing back on a coat button or something bigger and craftier like throw pillows.

  • Mary

    I do most of my stitching in the backyard. We have quite the creative family and friends & are often entertaining in the backyard/porch. The guys will paint (graffiti inspired) and the ladies will stitch and bitch ;-). If I’m indoors, I am usually glued to my sewing machine.

  • Tatterededge

    I have MS so I spend alot of time in hospital waitingrooms and sitting having infusion treatments over a number of hours. Having something artful to occupy myself with, helps pass the time more pleasantly. This looks like a really inspiring book!

  • Binkiege

    i love to sew while waiting in doctor’s offices or at a plane terminal. its pretty relaxing and there is almost always mellow music, a good light source, and an open view.

  • Karyl

    One of my favorite unplugged places to sew is in the car- as a passenger of course. Second favorite: with Mom or a good friend over a beverage with a good helping of conversation and stitching.

  • http://twitter.com/CandiedFabrics Candy Glendening

    I’m another car sewist! Either in the passenger seat on long trips, or while waiting for my boys to come out of a lesson, rehearsal, what have you!

  • http://profiles.google.com/crystal.trebilcock Crystal W.

    I am just starting to get into hand sewing. I have my first embroidery project waiting for me. I do knit and crochet and will do that at home or on a plane. It’s a great way to pass the time.

  • Steph

    I have my “station” set up in our living room. I work with small pieces so it’s hard to take it with me to sew elsewhere unless I’m working on several like items. I would love to sit outside and stitch away!

  • B_cullipher

    I love to knit while sitting in my chair. For health reasons I have to elevate my feet a lot so I sit in my recliner and knit.

  • Louisasews

    hand stitching is sooo relaxing!!

  • http://twitter.com/tiddles12 Julie Booth

    I prefer tapestry to embroidery as the stitches are so much bigger. My eyesiight just cannot cope with embroidery any more.

  • sharon.bourque

    I would love to win this book! My favourite spot for unplugged sewing is in a comfy chair I have in my sewing room!

  • Susiripple

    I love to sit on my deck and sew!

  • Lois Pearl

    I love to stitch away in my quiet basement crafty space….much like today!

  • http://profiles.google.com/terri.achmann Terri Achmann

    My favourite place to sew by hand, in summer at least, is at the park! I get funny looks from people, but the light is great, and I can keep an ear open for my kids playing nearby. Now, to get rid of this awful snow!!

  • http://twitter.com/ambercat_13 Sandy Flores

    I don’t have a space now, but if I were to imagine one it would be in a comfy chair, surrounded by books and pets!

  • http://profiles.google.com/mary.rotman Mary Rotman

    My favorite “unplugged” sewing spot (in my mind) during the summer would be a front porch with a comfy porch swing with lots of pillows, and my husband & dog hanging out with me.

  • http://profiles.google.com/poppykeegan Poppy Keegan

    I have a special spot on the couch where I embroider and have been handsewing a quilt, unfortunately I have totally flattened out the cushion by sitting there so much!

  • Gjsarah

    i love to sew! that ottoman looks like it would be a perfect addition to my family room. i have a little arthritis that keeps me from doing too much hand sewing at a given time, but i’d love to add some of these projects to my “WIP” pile (work in progress).

  • Laurie

    My favorite spot to do anything portable is in my screen house in my backyard, preferably with a big cup of coffee early in the morning or late in the afternoon so that I can listen to the birds sing.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thewildwoman Rosiewildwoman Fischer

    The perfect place for me is next to my husband in the evenings. He watches his movies and I sew…..

  • Maureen Cracknell

    I love to stitch around the table with my kids. While they are stitching their own project or working on a different craft. We’ve made some great memories doing just this.

  • quiltma

    I love to stitch anywhere. Guild meetings, dr’s offices, babysitting….

  • http://twitter.com/Mistyfuji Lisa

    I sew on the couch with the tv on. I really get unplugged there…

  • Sewgran

    My most ambitious hand sewing project was a dress with a pinafore, all stitched by hand, for my new baby sister when I was 17. I didn’t have access to a machine. Turned out great!

  • Skigirlchar

    i started to embroider and cross stitch at age 4 with my grandmother (ok, so she undid & redid my work while i was sleeping, but still) and now it’s a passion. i still make almost all my birth gifts and wedding gifts by hand (you know you have an important place in my heart if i take the time to make you something vs buy you something.)

  • Jessica

    Next to our backyard pond, so I can watch the fish (and cats, haha) whenever I need a break!

  • Lipsky2

    Sitting on the sofa, while watching a movie, it’s my own quiet place!

  • Melissa

    I’m one of those lucky people who 1) can read and do handwork comfortably in a moving car and 2) have a husband who loves to drive and has kids to visit who live 200 miles from our house. Thank you for your generous giveaway. Look forward to checking out the book.

  • Connecticute

    My mother used to embroider beautifully. Her sisters and her would work on tablecloths. She would do the embroidery, and they would do the crocheting. To start us off in embroidery, mom had some old burlap bags. She started teaching us the stitching… We made doll clothes… They weren’t the prettiest, but they were beautiful in mom’s eyes/

  • Linda C.

    Would love to win! Making the bottlecap pincushions by hand with embroidery detail.

  • Woolensails

    I enjoy sitting out on my porch when the weather gets nice.
    I sew when we go on trips too, great way to pass the time on the highways and not think of all the traffic around me, lol.

    Debbie

  • Emma

    I love to stitch up my projects outside with a warm breeze or inside sitting comfortable in a comfy chair next to my large window.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dls2748 Donna Savage

    I enjoy sitting in an easy chair doing embroidery for hours….. hand work is so therapeutic and relaxing!

  • http://www.adventuresbabysewing.blogspot.com Myra Yeretsky

    Anywhere is my favorite spot, since I am making hexagons right now and they are portable.

  • Sharlyngp

    I love to sew, but it’s been a while since I really sat down and made anything. Perhaps this book is just what I need to get inspired. I’d love to win these goodies and can’t wait to see the book!

  • http://missvintagegirl.blogspot.com Kristin

    I like to stitch while I’m watching classic TV or movies. It makes me feel less guilty about sitting in front of the screen. =)

  • EllynAnne

    Hand stitching while flying is my perfect combination.

  • Beckysews

    What a fabulous book! Enjoyed the interview too.

    Unplugged for me is late night stitching in bed for a hour or so before fall asleep. Very relaxing.

  • Karen A

    I love to sit on my loveseat when the sun is shining in the window. The light is great for any type of hand work.

  • http://www.jobanba.wordpress.com The Hungry Crafter

    This sounds perfect for me — I took up crewelwork just because it is portable. Anything that I can do on my lap so I can sit next to my hubby on the couch while I work is a winner in my book!

  • Javamaven

    I spend the summer on a lake in Idaho with my kids, and the very nicest place to hand sew is on the old swing on the deck. My kids always know where to find me.

  • http://profiles.google.com/km.k3321 Kae Kelly

    I love stitching while sitting on the couch with my feet up on the ottoman.

  • Heidi aka Digital Misfit

    I love to relax and sew while sitting on the bed watching Glee or some other guilty pleasure program. My second fave is to stitch in public, like my doctor’s waiting room.

  • Yolanda

    I love to sit in my vintage rocking chair, and do needlework. It is peaceful and joyful

  • annie

    The best place for me to be creative is my living room surrounded by family photos.

  • Ingrid

    I usually sew at home, but I love waking up and doing some sewing in bed before I get up on lazy mornings.

  • http://profiles.google.com/annettegreen Annette Green

    My fave unplugged place is the living room couch. Then I can keep an eye on my kids at the same time :-)

  • mary

    My favorite sewing spot is my comfy chair with a good light, a dachshund for company and a good dvd in the player.

  • Mandy Snow

    well…i must admit i havent done it for a while but i curl up on my lounge and have some mindless tv playing in the background, or one of the kids dvds that they have watched for the umpteenth time…xxx

  • Lee

    For me its my 6ft long antique church bench – I have a cozy quilted pad on it and an afghan and I am ready to go. Lots of room to lay down what i need or stretch out my legs too! thanks for the interview and giveaway.

  • Chris

    Im a college student w/ little room so mine spot is my twin bed! thanks for the great giveaway!

  • http://profiles.google.com/scrappinmint Patti Stowe

    Sitting in my favorite chair with a child on either side. They love to watch me sew. I also love to sew while out camping. There’s nothing better than sitting out in the fresh air, in a comfy lawn chair, stitching away.

  • Beth Despres

    My favorite unplugged stitching spot is in front of my picture window looking at my bird feeder. The birds (and squirrels, chipmunks,…) provide endless entertainment. I get stitching done too.

  • Val

    I am so happy to sit in my studio by the window, where I can keep a watchful eye on the world, weather, and kids/pets. There I stitch, needle felt, sew, and create to my heart’s content!

  • Karen

    Unplugged goes pretty much anywhere. My most recent unplugged project was an Amy Butler purse in a bed and breakfast while visiting an elderly aunt.

  • Beth

    Wherever my kids are.

  • Bella-boutique

    My favourite unplugged place is in the garden while my little one happily plays in the sunshine, bliss!

  • Emily

    My favorite spot is a chair in my parents’ living room when I go to visit on Sunday afternoons. Everyone else watches football, so I’ve gotten in the habit of bringing a project along so I can be spending time with them, but with something to do when they happen to be ignoring me because OMG SPORTS! Hand sewing makes me feel nostalgic because that’s how I first learned to sew as a child, using bits of fabric from my mom’s scrap basket.

  • Angelica

    This is awesome! Regards
    Angelica

  • http://fligamapoof.blogspot.com/ Fligamapoof

    my favorite place to sew unplugged is at the ocean in westport washington–well…any u.s. ocean front would do probably. i lived on north shore oahu a couple times and that would suit me just fine!! something about the visual and audio of the ocean along with the satisfaction of handwork is supremely soothing

  • justval

    My favorite place to sew unplugged is the in the car while the husband drives or waiting in doctors offices for my mom and mother-in law. It is amazing how much you can get done, those few precious minutes or even longer add up. I go into a state of zen while hand sewing which keeps me cool, calm and collective. A wonderful stress reliever, sewing rocks!

  • MarciaW

    My favorite unplugged sewing spot is my recliner in the living room. Hexies and embroidery are both portable handcrafts. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  • Melonkelli

    On the front porch, watching the kids run in the yard.

  • Martivg

    On my couch, with the hexagons or embroidery.

  • va

    The half hour on my 3foot back porch when I get home from work…before anyone else gets home!

  • http://www.amomschoice.com A Mom’s Choice

    I just started hand sewing so I’d love to have this book

  • Debbie

    My unplugged place is the breakroom at work. Debbie in Alaska

  • Lk0101

    I work in NYC also, so my commuter train is my unplugged spot for me! Hand sewing is perfect for commuting and makes the commute fly by! I love being able to reclaim some of my free time away from work! Hexagons are my latest obsession. –Lisa-

  • Dottie

    I love to unplug in the frontroom or wherever family sits, that way I can converse, watch and enjoy!
    Dottie

  • Sheri794

    i have a long wait in my car while my daughter is at dance classes……….so this is my favorite “unplugged” sewing spot!!

  • Paula Fabrizi Kiely

    Hello: I’m an avid sewer who like to create fancy creations. I am particulary fond of embroidery; crewel and cross-stitch. I would be so pleased to have won your free give-away. I have all the time in the world as I am disabled and alone. Please consider me for this free give-away. My family considers me the needle and thread of the family, I’m the only one that sews avidly. Thanks !!

  • Paula Kiely

    Hi: My favorite unplugged spot to expand my creative mind is out on the deck on the floor of my apartment. Peaceful, breezy and extremely quiet. Another place is the park by the Connecticut River in East Hartford, so serene and peaceful.

  • Mhoganesq

    Once a month, I get together with a group of girlfriends to sew or scrap for an entire day. We rent a local church basement for $15.00 each and bring potluck. “We’re Sew Scrappin”!

  • Cindy Caraway

    I have owned several sewing machines and still prefer to sew things by hand. My favorite “unplugged” spot is in an old rocker, upholstered in pink velvet, bought for me by my mother as an impromptu birthday gift while resale shopping one day. That’s as far as the “unplugged” goes, though – I love to stitch while watching old movies! :)

  • Patricia Stroud

    Hand work….now this is my thing. I have my chair that reclines with my ott lite and TV on and I love nothing better than stitching away all day. Someday I will win something. This one would be a good time.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marlasm4404 Marla Morris

    My favorite unplugged sewing spot is sitting at my parent’s home! It means I’ve gone for a visit, am out in nature on their acreage, am talking to them face to face, eating great gluten-free food, sharing ideas and memories, and sitting–outside on one of their many decks and porches, or inside by the wood-burning stove–just relaxing with the folks.

  • http://profiles.google.com/gcpaperworkdesigns Gina Koston

    I love the fact that you repurpose items into new and useful items. I find myself doing the same thing…I love going to thrift stores and finding old/vintage tapestries and turning them into pillows!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=598237962 Carol Wall

    I was always unplugged as a child and did lots of hand sewing. It still fascinates me!

  • CSherry

    My favorite unplugged spot is on my front porch. I love to sit out there when the weather permits and work on many crafts.

  • Anonymous

    My favourite place to create and be unplugged is my spare bedroom. We now refer it as my asrt studio, because of the copious amounts of time I spend in here and also me creating constantly. I also love my hammock for sketching and designing things in my mind as the cars and people walk/drive by.

  • http://twitter.com/needledfig Amy

    my favorite “unplugged” sewing spot is the lawn in front of my apt. the dog can hang out on his leash and snuffle around and I get lots of embroidery done in the afternoon sun and ejoy the breeze rolling down the hill. it’s fabulous.

  • http://profiles.google.com/lnhindman Lindsay Hindman

    I love sewing on my back porch swing while my son plays with his trucks and slides :)

  • http://junebugworld.blogspot.com Junebug

    For me? Unplugged is during swim lessons, ballet lessons, gymnastic lessons…

  • http://profiles.google.com/toldaddy Neil Tolman Tolman

    Wow, this book looks sew amazing! I have not done much hand sewing myself, unless you count the very few embroideries I’ve done or the bindings I’ve sewn on, so the most unplugged I’ve ever been has been sitting on the couch or trying to whip-stitch during Enrichment night at church

  • http://twitter.com/MishaMonet Misha Grothe

    Love this! I have visions of sewing little things sitting under an umbrella in my backyard while my children play. I really need portable projects and hand-sewing is perfect for that.

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  • Shirley Drury

    My favorite “unplugged” sewing space would be any room with lots of natural light and plenty of work space!

  • Anonymous

    Probably the passenger side of the car. I do LOTS of hand sewing in that place. I have the most amazing company (my husband), great scenery (usually we are traveling), good lighting, and a great book (on CD). What more could you ask for?

  • Mary Alice

    I seem to get more inspiration in the shower than anywhere else. Mountain trails are also inspirational, but, unfortunately, I don’t get there very often. My favorite place to sew or bead is in my comfy chair. I would love to win the book! Thanks!

  • Suesue

    Sewing outside in our lovely spring weather lately. Of course, the side benefits are being able to see all those little stitches so much better! Such cute ideas in the book. Love the ottoman~seriously needed in my household right now. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/amal.benslimane08 Amal Benslimane

    I love to hand sew out on the deck, or even in the garden.
    The book looks great.

  • Yireland

    I like to sew anywhere. I keep a project with me at all times to take out whenever there is a spare moment. I am sewing and planning projects in my head constantly.

  • Paula

    We have a yard facing south that is a wonderful place to sew in peace. Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1154106874 Lyndah Kolkmann

    I will sew “unplugged” anywhere I am, preferably while enjoying the company of my chattering little ones, who love to have their mama sitting still with a project in hand and all the time in the world to listen to all they have to say. Handwork slows life down and is a beautiful opportunity to totally “be” in that moment with loved ones.

  • kaytee

    My unplugged place is in front of my fireplace :)

  • Sue D

    My unplugged spot is in a comfy chair in my living room.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  • Dheape

    My favorite unplugged place to create is outside while watching my son play.

  • Spice

    For me it’s my livingroom…..

  • http://www.2sistersandme.blogspot.com Vickie Phistner

    I love to stitch or sketch on my back patio when it is warm and when it is not my sewing room full of everything inspirational is my favorite unplugged stitching spot! Thanks for a chance to win!

  • Homemakerhoney

    My favorite “unplugged” sewing spot – on the couch with a hot cuppa and a good movie.

    Deborah
    Homemaker Honey
    homemakerhoney.com
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

  • Mia

    I’m unplugged anywhere my machine can’t go…the playground, the bookstore, every long car trip.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dgoldenegg Deb Pierce

    I snuggle up in the corner of my sectional sofa, surround myself with everything I need including a cup of tea and stitch away.I would love to have the book to use and share.

  • http://thebigmango.blogspot.com thebigmango

    On the footstool by the radiator, whilst watching TV. I’ve been wondering about sewing on the Tube, but haven’t tried it yet!

  • http://www.freakedoutnsmall.blogspot.com freaked out ‘n small

    My husband has put together a wonderful little crafting room out of our spare bedroom. It is the most peacefule spot I can think of to do any type of sewing or embroidery. It’s Crafting Unplugged in there…. :)

  • Barbara Green

    My backyard is my favorite place to unplug, listen to the birds, and enjoy the sunshine.

  • Muireann

    I love ‘unplugged sewing’ when I’m out with friends – they think it’s a little bit funny and a big bit awesome. And I love talking to strangers who are fascinated to see somebody creating in public. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Nancy

    My favorite unplugged sewing spot is in the living room, with one leg swung over my chair, while my husband and daughter watch a movie. I have all the related stuff for whatever project I’m working on in a big bag next to the chair, and it all stays put there until I come back for it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/annhayes2008 ann hayes

    Well, if the weather is good and the day the right one for stitching, my Mum and I like to sit on her front porch at about 4.00 pm – she drinking tea and me stitching and drinking tea. Otherwise I like to sit at my messy craft desk in front of the window, stitching and watching the passers by.

  • Eskimobookworm

    great book, i’d love to win!!

  • Missmori3

    lovely giveaway! thanks for the chance! i was just sitting and knitting in my camping chair perched on a sledding hill while my kids were playing in the snow.

  • Jimsylperk

    My favorite unplugged sewing spot is the living room…sitting in my recliner, chatting with hubby and listening to music!

  • Jane

    My living room in front of the fireplace in the winter and outside on the front porch in the warmer months.

  • ReginaPriester

    “unplugged” sewing spot you ask, should be my sewing room but it is actually in my living room with my OttLite. My cat and her litter box have taken over my sewing room.

  • Tricia in TEXAS

    Just getting into hand sewing! Made myself a lil’ neck chatelaine so that my sewing can easily be done anywhere I happen to be!

  • MaryW

    My favorite place to sew unplugged is in my bed at night when my husband’s snoring keeps me awake, yet I dont want to use my sewing machine because it wakes him up! lol I keep a little basket of small projects next to my bed and I turn on my little lamp…perfect set-up!

  • Pkcoughlin1974

    This is one way to spend that day in your easy chair with hand work sitting next to your hubby and catching up on a few shows you have not seen. Also, I enjoy sitting out on my porch in my wicker rocking chair, with something to drink and working on the hand work there!

  • Sarah

    I like to unplug outside in the yard with the chickens :-)

  • Tina

    lately my favorite place to stitch has been the library…my daughters & I love going to the library & the kids section , well, it can hold my kids attention ALL DAY if i let them…& on the days they want to stay all day, I bring small sewing projects to work on. Its bright, quiet, cheery, so I can get lots of little projects done, while they read, checkout games, movies & meet up with friends…it’s a win-win for us!

  • Sallyann

    The couch, when something I don’t need to watch too carefully on TV is going on, because it is companionable with other family members. Bed is a close second!

  • donna

    In my tiny backyard, listening to the birds singing, enjoying the sun after a long, rainy winter.

  • Jenknowles

    My unplugged spot is in the kitchen working on the island because of good light and good company when my teenager is doing homework or on the computer.

  • Lauren Arardi

    My favorite unplugged spot is out in the backyard where I can hear but not see the neighbors & frogs in the spring

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=532440603 Shari Lichtenberg

    My unplugged place is in my bed but I have been “caught” sewing anywhere that I have time- I carry my projects in my bag :)

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