I am packing for a vacation – yippee! Whenever I travel, whether it is a road trip, a plane trip or a cruise 🙂 I like to take along something to stitch. For the past couple of years I have been working on Redwork Santas. The only time I work on them is when I travel. They have become known as my Roadwork Santas.
My travel kit includes the background fabric with the Santa already traced, an embroidery hoop, a small pin cushion with extra needles, the perle cotton thread and a needle threader which includes a built-in thread cutter. I stow the entire kit-and-caboodle in a gallon Ziploc bag. It weighs almost nothing and does not include scissors so I can take it on the plane.
I like working on the Roadwork Santas while traveling because they are not complicated, I don’t have to keep referring a pattern, there is one color thread and while some precision is important, I can actually sew on these while bouncing down the road in a large red pickup truck (as the passenger, of course).
Here are Santas I have completed while on the road:
I purchased the patterns years ago, but through the power of the internet, found that they are still available at Gooseberry Hill. The designer is Kathy Pace. I have the patterns for 12 of her Santa Vignettes.
With retirement right around the corner, I hope to be traveling more. And as I do, I’ll be sure to take the Roadwork Santas with me. Someday I think they will make a very nice Christmas quilt!