I enjoyed the ideas for travelling with embroidery projects in the last newsletter and I'd like to add a tip of my own. I travel a lot by air and always hand carry my embroidery (too important to get lost if my bag goes astray!). But these days I always have to remember to pack my scissors in my suitcase so they don't get confiscated at security. On other trips I have only hand luggage so I can't take scissors with me and I'm lost without my stitching.
Solution! I bought a "thread cutter pendant". It is a metal pendant with 15 cutting notches around the edge. It isn't very expensive - mine cost US$6:50, and it is perfect for air travel!
Oooh, I always thought they were a good idea, but I can't find a solution for the needles (they're banned too). I thought I might be able to find some plastic ones or something but no luck. It's such a shame because whenever I fly back to Australia, that's more than 24 hours on a plane!
You shouldn't have any problem with needles - they aren't even big enough to set off any of the detectors, unless you've got a pack of 25 or more. And I don't think they are banned, at least not here, and we ban everything Of course, some security people aren't very nice, surprisingly enough.
Come to think of it, I never specifically asked about needles, I was just told that "sewing kits and all their contents" were banned so thought that was pretty clear. But all the flights I take are international, so maybe in America on national flights it's ok. I don't think I'd want to risk sneaking one on board in any case. It's a great shame because flights are so boring without something crafty to do.
I agree. I go into withdrawal when we travel. I used to knit when flying, but now knitting needles are banned, I can't even do that. I wonder if they have banned the bamboo knitting needles? That might be a solution for knitting!!