Traveling with Your Embroiderycomments (13) September 17th, 2008
It's no secret that travel is not as fun and glamorous as it once was. The last time I flew to New York for a craft show, I was stuck on the tarmac for five hours on my flight home due to a perfect storm of foolishness, computer problems, and weather. If Frank Sinatra were around today, he'd be singing more about staying in than flying away. Nowadays it's a frustrating combination of hurry-up-and-wait and mild-to-moderate fascism at the hands of the TSA. Here's a way to travel with your embroidery while still staying true to the seemingly ever-changing rules of flight.
The key to traveling with your embroidery is the zipper bag. Ideally you'll need one large and two medium zipper bags. In addition you'll need:
- Your work
- Your floss
- Small piece of felt
- Blunt-tip kid's scissors
I also like to add a pencil and a safety pin to the mix. You probably won't need them for your work, but they're always handy when you run into a MacGyver moment or when your pattern's a bit faded.
Use the piece of felt to store your needles and pins (if you need them for any appliqué work). A needle case or envelope is amazingly handy in these situations, but the felt is great in a pinch and super if you want something that you don't mind losing on the road.
As for the scissors, this is not the time you want to pack those sweet, shiny fancy embroidery scissors your mom put in your Christmas stocking; this is a time for cheap kid's scissors. Sure, according to the TSA, "scissors—metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches" are allowed, but the site also says (in the traveling with knitting and needlework section) that the ultimate decision is up to the security officer on duty and some of them are rather gung ho with their confiscations. The scissors you want are found in the kid's art section of any store, friendly blunt-nosed scissors capable of cutting floss but ultimately unthreatening. Plus, if a security officer does take them from you, you're only out $2.
Once you've collected all your items, time to pack it all up.
It's always a good idea to keep your work out of the hoop when you're not working on it so that the fabric doesn't get distorted, plus it makes it easier to pack in your bag. Slide your work bag and your floss bag into the big bag, then throw in your hoop, needles, and scissors.
Now you're ready to join the jet set! Or at least you're ready to kill time in the airport or on the tarmac as you wait to join the jet set . . . but no matter how you look at it, you're so ready.
Fly on, crafter, fly on!