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« on: January 19, 2011 10:02:54 AM »

Hey all!

So, I've got a problem. I'm a college student, and thus spend a lot of time on campus (I live at home). My problem is, every Wednesday, for this whole semester, I've got a three hour gap between a morning class and an afternoon class. Not to mention, every other day I've got at least an hour between all of my other classes the entire week through. Now, I know this time could be potentially used to study, but when it comes to studying, my attention span is notoriously short. I don't want to drive home, because it's a waste of gas, plus sometimes I don't drive to campus.

SO I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of portable crafts that don't require too many supplies or take up too much space. [Space isn't a huge issue, it just needs to be able to fit in a tote of some sort.  General or specific ideas work, and I'm open to trying just about anything. Normally I'm a machine sewer and a mixed medium jewelry maker, but the stuff I use for those things can get to be a lot.  The craft doesn't have to be something I can finish in three hours, just something I can work on. One time projects can shake up the routine for a week or two, so please, suggest away! So far this is my list [it's kind of small and sad]:


I'll add to it as ideas are put out there or if I get anymore.

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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2011 09:47:13 PM »

Cross stitch or other embroidery
Hand sewing

...uhhh, will add more when I think of them...

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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2011 09:12:11 AM »

Friendship bracelets? (Braiding with embroidery floss, I think)
Art journal
Button bracelets or stretchy bead bracelets?

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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2011 04:19:06 AM »

Sew yo-yos! They are quick, easy, and satisfying, and you can use them to make jewelry or embellish clothing. You amass quite a stash of them after a while, so why not sew them all together and make a bag?
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2011 09:45:09 PM »

Origami and needlepoint are the only two that come to mind at the moment that haven't already been mentioned.

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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2011 06:23:18 AM »

Drop spindle spinning, easy to make a spindle with old CD's, a pencil and a rubber grommet.  Knitting...socks are easy to stop and pickup again and if you do them on double points, they start some pretty intersting conversations!    There is a thread, I THINK, here in this forum on fabric collage style journals that are worked in small, take along pieces. 
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2011 07:44:36 PM »

I have brought sketchbooks and pens to work, crochet projects (granny squares are great and portable, as are small projects like bookmarks or ornaments), cross stitch, embroidary, knitting, beading projects, small sewing projects, making Christmas ornaments, even wood burning.

« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2011 01:45:22 PM »

I used to carry knitting around with me a lot in college and in high school (I was the only one on the high school band bus who brought her knitting along and that was in the 1980s !!) of course there's always cross stitching - and if you get REALLY desperate you could study or at least open the books in front of you while you knit so maybe you absorb some info that way - you never know
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2011 11:24:11 AM »

All of my seed beading supplies.fit into a small box like those resuable sandwhich containers. I take it with me everywhere

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