Emergency cross-stitch kit
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.
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.
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.
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.