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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":

  1. 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.
  2. Wait until you're back at home before attempting beads, buttons and charms.
  3. 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.
  4. Pick projects that are easy to start and stop, but also make sure your selected projects will hold your interest throughout the trip.
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  6. 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.