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Emergency cross-stitch kit

August 17, 2011

A fellow blogger called Feisty Tapas saw my BritMums – What’s in your handbag? photo and asked the following question:

Emergency cross-stitch kits??? I’m a cross-stitcher, do please tell more!

So this one’s for you María, and for anyone else who may fancy doing the odd bit of stitching on the go.

I call this my ’emergency cross-stitch kit’ because I often fancy doing the odd bit of stitching when I’m out and about (e.g. on a long train journey). I don’t want to carry one of my big projects around with me because a big project would take up too much room in my bag. Also I don’t want to lose a big piece of fabric I’ve already spent hours working on. So I tend to take a small kit or two wherever I go.

Emergency cross-stitch kit, all packed up and ready to go

The main ingredients of the emergency cross-stitch kit are as follows:

One or two very small cross-stitch kits
The two kits shown here are from Textile Heritage and Mouseloft. Free kits from magazines are also good, or you can make up your own kit with a chart, evenweave or aida fabric, stranded threads and tapestry needle(s).

Sharp embroidery scissors
These are available from various places, and are very useful things to have in your bag for other things besides cross-stitch. Of course, if you are going to be going through airport security on your travels, you will need to replace your scissors with a thread cutter such as this one.

The main ingredients of the emergency cross-stitch kit

Zipped storage bag
This particular storage bag was a freebie with a magazine and has a Cath Kidston print on it, but it doesn’t have to be identical to this. I’ve built up a collection of similar cases and I usually choose something about A5 size and fairly flat so that it can be tucked down the the side of my handbag. The case also needs to be made with reasonably strong plastic so the points of scissors don’t punch a hole.

Emergency cross-stitch kit in use on a train

So that’s my approach to stitching on the go. I’d be very interested to see what other stitchers and crafters do to take their hobbies out and about with them. Comment below &/or do your own blogpost and send me the link.

Disclosure: this post contains links to websites where you can buy the two cross-stitch kits shown in the photos. I have purchased the items myself and have not received any payment to link to the websites.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2011 1:01 pm

    Fantastic!!! Thank you so much for this, you’ve just made an otherwise hellish day much better. This is a fabulous idea, thank you for all the tips as well, the thread cutter especially. I never get to do any cross-stitch at home anymore, if the baby is up it’s a bit dangerous, if the baby is asleep I usually have a million other things to do and I do have a few small project stored up in my cross-stitching box of projects-in-waiting. Cross-stitching has been my way of relaxing since I was a teenager, I so miss it!

    • August 17, 2011 3:51 pm

      I don’t really get much chance to stitch at home either – this is part of the reason that stitching on the go has become more important to me.

      I’m so glad you like the post, and thanks for the tweets as well. Do let me know how you get on with your emergency cross-stitch kits 😉

  2. January 23, 2012 11:14 am

    I’m so glad I’m not alone in carrying odd little sewing projects around in my handbag!

  3. anne gange permalink
    February 21, 2013 12:17 pm

    I am looking for some one that can a make a pattern of cross stitch of a RAF Ssquadran number


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