Phase one - Planning... Make a list of everything you absolutely need to stitch ...whether you're on a plane or on a cruise or on a mountain top.. You can't go look for a tool, you have to have it with you!
The first chatelaine I made had a lot of beautiful (but not really necessary) vintage tools and it was too cumbersome.. This one had just what I thought I needed and has served me well... except I have now grown used to having my tiny (3+") hemostats handy since my fingers don't work as well as they used to.
I used to have a needle case for the long doll needles which I no longer need and I need to drill a small hole and add a chain to my vintage awl because sometimes it falls out when I pack the chatelaine.
I 'll have to find a place for the hemostats.. .probably upper right and move the awl and needle case to the left... Maybe it can go where the pincushion is and I'll move the pincushion up.... I'll pin them to my old chatelaine and see what works best. The basic shape for the chatelaine is very simple but the planning stage is crucial because it's difficult to add openings and pockets after it is assembled.... And keep in mind whether you are right or left-handed. For me the scissors HAVE to be on my right side.
mine... It deserves it.