Road Trip Inspiration

On my way home from Washington, I was working in my studio journal and thinking about all the inspiration you can get from a road trip. Even when the scenery isn’t all that exciting, there is always something that peaks my interest.


These were my notes on what was popping into my brain as we were driving along. Luckily, my husband likes to drive and will drive for most of the trip. One of the things I really noticed when driving over to Washington this past 18 months for stitch class was the change in seasons. Since we were going once a quarter, we got a different perspective every time we drove over. The difference in the colors is amazing. Even in winter, there are a variety of colors because many of the deciduous trees have different colored branches ranging from red, orange, yellow to gray and white.

Another thing I noticed this trip was the different shapes of road signs. We had just been working on geometric patterns in our machine stitched books and I thought it might be fun to use the road signs shapes to create a design.


Here’s a not so good photo of us driving along. You can see a bridge coming up. The bridge connecting bits reminded me of the insertion stitches we did for binding small books. I need to get a better photo of the different bridge shapes because I thought it would be really cool to make a piece with insertion stitches based on the shapes in the bridges.


I then started noticing other geometrical elements such as the supports for power lines and Β  telephone poles. I never pay much attention to those things but they have some interesting shapes. You can also find many types of circles as you drive along such as rolls of hay stacked together, tires, hub caps and farming irrigation devices. When the vents on the car start intriguing you, you know you’ve lost it! πŸ™‚


So next time you’re on a road trip, take along a notebook and jot down what you see that you might could use for inspiration in your work. The more you look, the more you see.

About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to β€œplay” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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11 Responses to Road Trip Inspiration

  1. Jami Phillips says:

    Nice post, Ruth. Thanks for taking us along.

  2. zedster66 says:

    You have a good eye for finding inspiration in unusual places, Ruth πŸ™‚

  3. Lyn says:

    Lovely post Ruth – those red branches are divine.

    • ruthlane says:

      I know, those red branches and the cotton wood trees that are orange are what keeps my color sense alive during Montana winters.

  4. Karen says:

    Nice view from your car window Ruth and i love the color of those branches. Im starting to wish we had snow here sometimes lol i never say this but were a bit over all the heat πŸ™‚

  5. Great post Ruth. Inspiration is all around us if we care to look. I can donate some snow as well.

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