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« Reply #60 on: January 13, 2007 02:59:43 PM »

My first job out of college required weekly travel.  I used to take cross-stitch projects with me - usually a kit along with some nail scissors.  (This was before 9/11.)  I'd stitch on the plane, while waiting to board, during long layovers, and in the evenings if I wasn't stuck in the office or hanging out with my coworkers.  More than one fellow passenger admired my work, as did a few flight attendants.

I recently flew while carrying a needlepoint project in my carry-on.  I was also carrying nail clippers (the TSA specifically allows nail clippers) to trim thread.  I stitched away while in flight.  No problem whatsoever with security.

Knitting needles are specifically allowed by the TSA, but the final call is up to the individual screener.  So my knitting stays home, just in case.

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« Reply #61 on: January 16, 2007 01:31:29 PM »

I've taken my clover cutter on board with me a bunch of times and haven't had a problem, I threaded it like a necklace to make it easier to use  while on the plane. My only problem has been running out of yarn Cry
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« Reply #62 on: January 16, 2007 02:04:54 PM »

right, i thikn i'll just mail all my craft supplies ahead of time to my friend i'm visiting in a few weeks. I have to take my pinking shears along to pink out the robe i made him that i apparently only pinked halfway - but I think i'll mail them to him next week.

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« Reply #63 on: January 17, 2007 10:08:58 AM »

You'll be fine to check your pinking shears, if you're not planning on carrying on all of your luggage.  I check scalpels and knives and all kinds of tools on a regular basis, and it's always fine.

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« Reply #64 on: January 17, 2007 11:02:06 AM »

I was going to carry-on all my stuff because the last time I flew out to visit him my luggage got lost. of course, that was on the way home, but I still don't know as if I trust the airline. 

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« Reply #65 on: January 17, 2007 12:07:44 PM »

I have traveled a lot, usually loung haul flights between australia/US?Europe and even the tiny cristmas cracker scissors with plastic handles and teensy blades about an inch long (blunt and will just about cut thread for embroidery) have been seized on me, depends on the individual but they are often very very strict.

Kanzashi flowers is my latest craft, you could make them if you precut the squares of fabric, using needle and thread to hold them together rather than glue (glue would be too messy)

or make clothing with handsewn seams or customise some of the clothing you are bringing with you, with embroidery or sewn on braids and trim

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« Reply #66 on: January 22, 2007 02:35:05 PM »

I fly alot as well and have found that all airports have different rules. One may allow something while another won't. Fiskars makes plastic bladed scissors that will cut through fabric and yarn. Easy to carry on! I use and LOVE the knifty knitter loom. I never have to worry about any airport saying no. I just plan ahead so I don't carry all the sizes with me. You can make anything on them! I have made a bunch of things so I know how much yard to take with me before I go. A scarf usually takes 2-3 hours.

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« Reply #67 on: February 01, 2007 08:58:39 AM »

ATCs, girl!  They are perfect!  Just pack some markers, colored pencils, a glue stick, some blanks, and a bit of papers, and wait until inspiration strikes!  You can use scraps of papers and ephemera from your trips (bits of reciepts, tickets, maps, free travel mags, etc)!  People would love the extra excitement of knowing a trade was made with a card made '30,000 feet somewhere over Buffalo'.  Smiley
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Have you thought about beadwork?  You could prepackage all of the beads you want on your jewelry in little sandwich bags.  The lap board on the back of the person in front of you's chair is a great little board for laying out beads.  You can also buy bead boards that have slots and ridges in them for you to lay out your bead design and would probably be helpful in keeping your beads from spilling if there is any turbulence.  This would be great for those short plane flights because it doesn't take long at all to make a bracelet.  If you pre-plan and pre-cut the string or wire the only tool you might need is a crimping tool but you could use mono-fillament (I think that is how it is spelled)  basically fishing line and then you could just tie it.

I was beading on an airplaine before 911 once and hit turbulance.  The poor airline maintenance people.  THEY WERE EVERYWHERE!!!  I had them in a lid and you could see them about 4 inches above the lid, hovering...before they went between the seats, on the guy next to me's suit and all over the ground.  I gave it one last try, hit turbulance again and had to put it away.  If you have to put your seatbelt on...DON'T BEAD!!!  Just my suggestion Wink
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« Reply #68 on: February 02, 2007 04:33:20 PM »

Well, it's not quite crafty, but I always like to draw on planes.  It's a great opportunity to draw sleeping strangers. Cheesy  I also like writing letters and decorating them.  Once, in high school I went on a family trip and wrote notes to all my closest friends on barf baggies. Grin

« Reply #69 on: February 08, 2007 03:59:41 PM »

I have a set of interchangeable needles that I have had no problems taking on planes. I unclip the needles and put them with my pens. The needles are about 10cm (4in) long and look like the stylus from a PDA so I don't think anyone notices them. They're also plastic.

The set I have is a Denise set. It cost about $70 and has a heap of different sizes in it. Here's the site to get a better idea of what they look like.


I normally photocopy the page of the pattern I am up to so I don't have to take the whole book with me. If I'm away for a while, I put the book in my suitcase.
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