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Selecting Travel Projects
I'm always torn between working on several small projects when I travel or taking one large project. Usually, I end up with the large project and one or two (or, let's be honest, three or four) small projects in case I don't want to pull out the big project. A few quick tips that I usually use when selecting from my "stash":
- Select projects that require minimal color changes. It's just easier for me to handle fewer skeins when I'm traveling. Or you can use one of the many colors of hand-dyed and variegated flosses to create that subtle shading.
- Wait until you're back at home before attempting beads, buttons and charms.
- Don't be afraid of a hoop or Q-snap. Typically, I prefer to stitch "in-hand," but when I travel, I work with a Q-snap. It keeps things neater and cleaner, especially since traveling isn't always the cleanest experience with coffee, drinks, snacks, etc.
- Pick projects that are easy to start and stop, but also make sure your selected projects will hold your interest throughout the trip.
- Consider starting a "travel stash" for upcoming trips. I do this, and I have found it to be extremely helpful when packing. The latest projects to be added to my travel stash: the Pelican design from the August 2013 issue of Just CrossStitch, pictured on the right and the Baked Alaska pattern, available here.
Another few tips and suggestions: I always make sure that my fabrics are cut to the proper size, and I pack a separate project bag for each piece and include the flosses, chart and fabric. And of course, I always include my "go-everywhere" bag with my scissors, threader and a least five or six tapestry needles. Is it just me, or do other stitchers lose needles like dandelions lose their puffs? No matter how careful I am, I always come home with no more than half of the needles I started with; I think it's just one of life's mysteries, like socks that disappear in the dryer.