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For many, summer is a great time for us to get away for a little while and leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind. Maybe it’s a trip to the beach, a cabin in the woods, or a few days in a far away city, but vacations are a necessary luxury that we all must take from time to time, a chance to get away from the stress of our jobs and our housework, but not necessarily that craft project we’ve been looking forward to finishing. In fact, travelling is often a great time to catch up on the things you don’t have time to do at home, like crafting. Here are a few books on crafts that travel well so you don’t have to take up precious cargo space with craft supplies.

Embroidery takes up very little space, especially if you pre-transfer your designs and pick out your colors before you go everything will fit in a small container.


How to Embroider: Techniques and Projects for the Complete Beginner by Susie Johns

Learn the basics of embroidery through projects with easy-to-follow instructions and rich color photographs. Projects range from a simple cushion to baby blankets and a shirt.

New Crewel: the Motif Collection: More Exquisite Designs in Modern Embroidery by Katherine Shaughnessy

An original, modern approach to needlework which takes crewel embroidery to a higher level. For this stunning collection of motifs, all in circular patterns, Shaughnessy has whipped up a fresh menu of creative ideas, including 30 new designs, five new stitches, and ten inspirational projects. Just as with her first compilation, this book includes photographs and color diagrams of each motif, along with how-to illustrations.

English Paper Pieced Quilting
English paper piecing is all hand-sewn so you can do the prep work before you leave and have everything at hand to baste and sew on your trip.


Hexa Go-Go: English Paper Piecing: 16 Quilt Projects by Natasha Bruecher

A fresh take on a classic English craft. Featuring modern and traditional designs, including rosettes, stars, and free form. Learn how to combine settings and how to creatively quilt hexagons. Projects are varied for any skill level or time commitment.

Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing Projects You Can Take Anywhere by Jessica Alexandrakis

Imagine being able to quilt on vacation, at the beach, or virtually anywhere else you find yourself. Jessica Alexandrakis has traveled the world with her on-to-go sewing kit and small stash of fabric, creating strikingly modern patchwork along the way. Now she shares everything she's learned about this addictive, beginner-friendly technique.

Crochet and Knitting
As long as you keep your project small and just take the needles/hooks and yarn you need for the one project these crafts can easily be thrown into a bag. If you choose to try arm knitting, you don’t even need the needles! Working with lighter weight yarns such as linen and cotton are excellent choices to help you stay cool in the summer.


Toe-up Socks for Everybody: Adventurous Lace, Cables, and Colorwork from Wendy Knits. by Wendy D. Johnson

Whether they’re knitting their first or hundred-and-first sock, this book shows knitters how to use the toe-up technique to get the perfect fit. Turn your favorite knee socks into thigh-highs. Knit that special someone classic argyles. These 21 patterns cover everything from basics like materials and tools, to delicate lace, intricate cables, and fancy colorwork. Use these techniques and patterns to create beautiful socks for yourself and everybody in your life.

Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World by Judith Durant

One-Skein Wonders offers 101 great crochet projects -- from jewelry and scarves to bags, hats, dresses, and home dec items -- that each use just one skein of yarn. Whatever your experience level, you’ll find something here to delight you.

100 Little Knitted Projects by Sarah Keen

The days of having leftover yarn left languishing in a cupboard are over. This book is the perfect partner to your remnants. With 100 fun, fabulous and frivolous projects to choose from, these little masterpieces make the perfect gift. Quick and fun to make, they'll appeal to all ages and abilities.

Arm Knitting by Amanda Bassetti

Free yourself from cumbersome needles and create gorgeous knits that are unstructured, striking, and beautiful in a whole new way, faster than you ever thought possible.

Quick Crocheted Accessories: 3 Skeins or Less by Sharon Zientara

A collection of crocheted projects that make use of one, two, or three skeins of yarn, allowing for both color play and larger projects. Crocheters will enjoy quick crochet projects including scarves and shawls, hats, fingerless mitts and mittens, and slippers and socks.

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