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Stitching on the Go – How to Embroider Whilst You Travel

In today’s fast-paced world, it can be super hard to find the time for hobbies and creative projects, especially for fellow busy people! However, one of my favourite things about embroidery is how portable it is, and how you can take it with you even when you’re on the go!

In this blog post, we’ll cover tips and tricks that cater to fellow busy creatives who aren’t willing to let their hobbies slide! Discover how to make the most of your stitching time, wherever you are.


Make the most of your travel time

When I was working a full-time job alongside my embroidery, my favourite thing to do was utilise my commute and breaks to get in a bit of extra stitching time.

Whether it was the 30 minutes on the bus to and from work, or my 45-minute lunch break, you could always find me with a project in hand. Not to mention, it was an incredible way to get me to switch off from work, start the workday calm and collected, or have a mental break from my busy desk. It’s like a mini creative retreat from the pressures of work!

Did you know that you can also embroider in flight? It totally saved me recently on a 4-hour flight to Lanzarote. Provided you have your needles and scissors in a protective sheath, most airlines will allow you to carry your project in the cabin. (Ensure to check with your airline first, though!)

So, my best tips to make the most of these pockets of stitching time? Let’s get stuck in!

Embrace small-scale projects

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I really love working on a small project! I’m sure we all love the sense of satisfaction when we finally finish that project in the ginormous embroidery hoop, after literally 30+ hours of stitching… but don’t you agree that there’s also something satisfying about finishing a project in the same sitting?

Well, small scale projects are also super handy for when you’re travelling! As well as taking less time to stitch, smaller hoops are much more compact and easier to transport. You could consider stitching a project in a 4” hoop (or smaller!), making patches or keychains, pendants, or bookmarks. These are all small projects that you can embroider quickly and easily on the go!

Utilize embroidery kits

If you’re relatively new to embroidery and don’t have a bunch of supplies yet, why not opt for an embroidery kit?

Embroidery Kits are often packaged small and compact, making them perfect to take with you whilst travelling. Not to mention, you can guarantee that they’ll contain everything you need to complete the project!

For example, our embroidery kits can include an Embroidery Kit Upgrade, ensuring you have not just the basics, but everything you need to complete the project. Perfect for taking with you on the go!

Embrace simple designs

Let’s be real, not everything you work on has to be super complex and detailed, with 10+ different colours and stitches. Sometimes, a simple project with few stitches and colours can be all you need to immerse yourself in the meditative act of stitching, without the pressure of getting the design perfect or learning new stitches and techniques along the way.

For instance, a simple black outline pattern like this one, or a simple project with just 4 stitches and 4 colours like this one, are great ones to take with you for those small pockets of time!

Portable stitching supplies

Why not make your very own embroidery supplies toolkit for when you’re on the go? Make stitching on the go more convenient with a portable kit that includes small scissors, needles, and needle minder? All you’ll need to do is pop in your recent project, and you’re set to go!

You can also organise your tools more efficiently, making it easier to make your projects portable. I personally love to wind my thread onto bobbins, and once I’ve picked out my colours for a project, put those bobbins on a split ring so they’re all together when I need them.

Well friend, I hope you feel super inspired to incorporate a bit of stitching into your commutes or when you’re on the go! Truly, there’s nothing better than taking 15 minutes out of your busy day to relax and unwind .. I know I’m a better person for it!

If you’re on the lookout for some simple projects that you can easily complete in just a short space of time, you can shop our beginner friendly patterns or kits right here!

Also, did you know that we have a dedicated Online Embroidery Academy? In Bloom Embroidery Academy we break down the journey of embroidery into easily digestible bite-size chunks. I guarantee that you can learn or complete something in the Academy in 15 minutes or less!! Just click here to find out more!

Happy stitching, my friend!

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about sophie

Hey there! I'm an artist, mama, author and online educator who is obsessed with helping other women re-claim their time and creativity through modern embroidery.

Kick off your shoes, get cosy, and let's dive in to the world of embroidery, shall we?