Posted by: helldriversmovie | November 17, 2008

Running With Needles: How Rocky Hardcore spends up to 18 hours a day

Craft guru Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood with Rocky Hardcore

Craft guru Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood with Rocky Hardcore

It’s the stunt offseason for traveling daredevils, and Rocky Hardcore is filling up to 18 hours a day immortalizing his work through fancy stitchwork.

We’ve said this before and now we’ll shout it from the top of the bleachers, “Martha Stewart, you should interview the world’s only embroidery-savvy stuntman!”

Jennifer, who writes the popular “Running With Needles” crafts column for the Grand Rapids Press, recently spent a day with Rocky while he was promoting our documentary at the Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival.

She is filled with awe and admiration for the Rock, noting that spending most of his waking hours in the offseason on embroidery is truly “hardcore.”

Here’s some breaking news that Jennifer uncovered that we did not learn during our endless hours with Mr. Hardcore:

Hauri’s craft history can be traced to the day in third grade when he ripped his pants at school.

“I thought I was going to be able to get out of school for the day, and the teacher gave me a threaded needle and said, ‘Fix ’em.’ So I went in a bathroom stall and patched them together.”

That tough-love experience prepared him well to learn to stitch a design from a comic book during fourth-grade summer school. The teacher had the students pin a page from a comic book onto a piece of fabric and taught them to trace the outline with a chain stitch.

Rocky’s latest project is transforming a pair of U.S. Navy surplus coveralls, which he snagged at Goodwill, into a fully-decorated stunt uniform.

Photo courtesy Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood,

Photo courtesy Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood,

And Jennifer was able to capture some LIVE ACTION EMBROIDERY at her edgy and whimsical “CraftSanity” blog:

We’re also grateful to Jennifer for breaking some genuine stunt news. Straight from Rocky’s mouth:

“I was the first person in the world to do a jump in a motor home towing a boat and trailer, the first person in the world to jump a wrecker towing a car, the second person in the world to fly a full-sized garbage truck, and I want to be the first person in the world to have a school bus standing on its rear end vertically and drive into it with a stock passenger car and flip it over top of me,” he said. “Everyone I know says it can’t be done.”

And Rocky was thrilled to get a bit of press outside of the normal racetrack arena. “I’m glad to finally meet someone who understands what I do,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood,

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood,


If you like crafts as much as stunts, check out Jennifer’s latest discovery: Happy Cork People!



  1. Thanks for this story; it made my day!

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