Crafting at the DMV

This morning I learned that the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) is one of THE best places to craft. Seriously. Crafting turns the aimless waiting, glued to a plastic chair, watching the monitor for your number, into heart-sailing creative time! I suppose there are some limitations—obviously you wouldn’t bring a giant loom or sewing machine to the DMV, but a little handcraft, something that fits in your lap, is perfect.

Many of you are probably nodding your heads right now—especially you knitters and crocheters—you got hip to this idea a long time ago—I see people knitting and crocheting in just about every possible place. In fact, there was a knitter a few chairs down from me at the DMV this morning. But I am a drawer, and I find it challenging to draw anything too serious in a public place without a desk, although the DMV would be an ideal place for drawing people. Today, I discovered a whole new world of fun though, when I brought along a needle, thread, and piece of paper for a new embroidered triangle idea I’ve had in mind. The hour I sat waiting for my lucky number (B011) to come up, went by in a flash, and I walked away with more than just my new car registration paperwork:

I almost wished my wait time had been longer so that I could have finished this new sewn drawing, and I’m almost looking forward to my next (and hopefully last, for a while) trip to the DMV—now that’s amazing!

I think I will be doing some more of these embroidered triangles—they are so much fun, and I love the white thread on white paper. I’ve thought also of doing fabric, but we’ll see how it goes.

Here’s to crafting while you wait!

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8 Responses to “Crafting at the DMV”


  1. 1 Meghan March 18, 2010 at 9:39 am

    i love crafting while i wait places! i actually didn’t take my car in for a planned oil change last week because i’d forgotten my knitting at home (i did take it in this week, and remembered my knitting).
    i also love the embroidery on paper – it’s funny, because both embroidery on paper AND white-on-white embroidery have been speaking to me particularly lately.

  2. 2 erasmith March 18, 2010 at 10:49 am

    You know I’m a proponent! I even chose to hand quilt my last quilt because it made it more transportable!

  3. 3 alyson March 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    This is awesome. if you take encouragement from blog comments, then I STRONGLY encourage you to keep doing this embroidery on paper. You have something cool going on with it.

  4. 4 Mike McLaren March 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Now that’s creative thinking! I usually just sit at DMV and drum my fingers

  5. 5 rachel awes March 19, 2010 at 2:02 am

    oh! i just left a comment in the post directly below this one, for this one…oopsa daisy. :)

  6. 6 Kerri March 20, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I have always loved the idea of sewing onto paper! This is wonderful!

  7. 7 artproject2010 March 30, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Yes, what Alyson said. KEEP DOING THESE they are awesome. Did you use regular thread or embroidery floss? Looks like floss. It’s thicker so you get a bolder line. But I suppose you knew that. I’d be interested to see what it looks like if you do black sewing too.


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