When I traveled all the time packing needlepoint was easy. I always kept a small project in my tote and brought along whatever I was working on. Usually I was too busy to get much done.
Now it’s a different story, I have to wait longer at airports and rarely am I driving so I have time to stitch in the car.
I leave on vacation in a week and I’ve already been worrying about this.
Two things are coming for sure: an ornament to finish for my eldest daughter (unless I get it done on Sunday) and the next color through the ages piece.
What else do I take? I think vacation needlepoint should be small so it’s easily portable, painted canvas, so there are no charts, and relatively stress-free. It also has to be somethings where there are no fussy techniques, where I have all the threads, and that isn’t on a dark background.
That rules out a mini-sock that is painted in bright colors that I’ve had for years where I’ve almost figured out how to fix the colors, but not the stitches. It’s too hard.
Does it rule out the charming cat that needs the background finished because some of the colors are too close? Does it rule out St. Joesph because he’s a little big? Or St. Jude because I am not inspired with him? Or the musical mini-sock I love but which has tedious stitching? And what about the painted stitch tree that is currently my car project?
Let alone anything new to share with you.
I hate this process.
Or should I just do something new?
What do you think?
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Paula in NH says
What a timely blog entry. I have been away on a long weekend and when I packed I broight along three small projects: I started a Milanese pouch you featured recently and two crochet projects, mini hexi puffs and snowflakes. I always bring along three small projects when I travel as I need to change up my creative work, usually they are new small projects.