Stitching in Public

Ever since I learned how to read, I’ve rarely left home without a book tucked in my bag, just in case. You never know when you’ll end up waiting in line for one thing or another, or having an extra moment during lunch to read. Now that I’m stitchery obsessed, in addition to the book (or two or three) in my purse, I always have a portable sewing project with me.

Embroidery, cross stitch, and English paper piecing all lend themselves pretty easily to stitching on the go. I’ve got multiple little zipper bags and plastic food storage boxes that hold just the few supplies needed for small projects. Lately I’ve been stitching in the local coffee shop, in the park, in the library, in the campus quad, and pretty much anywhere Eliot and I go that I think I can squeeze in an extra free moment.


I like stitching in public spaces because often people will come up and ask me what I’m working on, and I love talking about embroidery and sewing with people. I love talking about my projects and the inspiration behind them; I love getting feedback from strangers and hearing their own crafting stories. Bringing out the needle and thread often starts conversations I might not have had with people I might not have otherwise been brave enough to speak to. 

What about you?

Do you stitch in public?

If so, join me on Instagram with the hashtag #stitchinginpublic

I want to see you all stitching in the park, in the airport, in the library, in the coffeeshops, and everywhere else you travel with needle and thread! 🙂 


7 thoughts on “Stitching in Public

  1. While I have never cross stitched a day in my life, I used to do macrame like all.the.time and even did it in public here and there 🙂 I want to pick it up again!

  2. I always carry something to work on, but since I often do embroidery demos for work I can find it a little wearisome when people want to talk, esp as my stuff often needs a lot of explaining

  3. I also always have a book near me, preferably a light one, wherever I go. I don’t cross stitch in public because I get too distracted and end up unpicking lots of mistakes. But I do crochet in public, small pieces that are repetitious in nature. 😀

    • Oh, I agree–you have to get in a focused groove for any cross stitching that needs to be precise. I’m much more likely to grab a more free from embroidery or EPP project. I wish I knew how to crochet! That and knitting are two crafts I haven’t learned yet. 🙂

  4. don’t think I have pictures of me stitching in public … but have done stitching in Exeter (UK) in the park near cathedral, I have stitched on the train – Edinburgh to Birmingham (lovely 5 hours of relaxation) and I have stitched on the beach in Blanes (Spain, Cataluna region) – these are probably most spectacular public places where I have been seen stitching … 🙂

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