Friday, August 19, 2011

Advice needed on travelling with stitching projects!

I'm preparing for a long trip.   I'll be flying from the east coast to Vancouver in a couple of weeks to catch an Alaskan Cruise.  Then, we'll be flying from Alaska back home.  A total of 25 or 26 hours flying time both ways.    I am not worried about stitching while I'm on vacation, and I probably won't have time.   But the long flights and time spent in airports will give me some stitching time.

In my new little embroidery take-along pouch that I made last week, I'm preparing to take a couple of the small blocks from my Winter Wonderland project with me.    I know that I can't take scissors on the plane with me, so I'm taking my clover cutting disc necklace.   But what I don't know is, can I take needles?  I hope so.   I plan on taking 10 thread loaded needles in my needle case with me.  

Do you have any advice on travelling with stitching projects?

7 comments:

Crafty Maine Mom said...

I recently traveled and they allowed children's safety scissor. They had to be the short safety scissors. I had two embroidery needles in my kit and had no problems getting through security. Each airport is different.

Melinda said...

You can take small scissors. The regulations say up to 4 inch blades. I wouldn't pack expensive ones just in case but small embroidery scissors are fine. I always stitch on planes and have not had any issues.

Linda H said...

I have never had an issue with needles Gail. I always have a cross-stitch project or something similar to work on, have never had a needle taken away from me yet...

MissesStitches said...

I travel with small embroider scissors, too. No problem. I like the advice about an inexpensive pair, just in case. You might want to take a needle threader instead of, or in addition to, pre-threaded needles. Check with the airline's website about what they allow. Have a great trip!

Sandra said...

Call your travel agent, they'll be able to advise you, but yeah, I agree with the other posts, take small embroidery scissors, the tiny swan ones that you can buy at Walmart. you should be able to take some pre-threaded needles.

Sandra said...

I don't think you are allowed to bring the cutting disc onboard anymore. You should check your airlne to be sure, but I believe I read that they no longer allow them.

Mary said...

I've taken the clover disk onboard flights without any problems and needles too although one time they did take a package of needles away from me about 2-3 years ago. it was weird and hasn't happened since.

As someone mentioned, small scissors are now allowed too but that doesn't mean someone might not take them away so I would carry a pair I'd mind being confiscated just in case.

I've gotten to the place that I take my knitting when I travel rather than quilting just because there's no prep work!