Though known as an artsy quilter, I do traditional work and really enjoy handwork to relax. Redwork-like embroidery is one of my favorites. If I don't keep an easy to carry project thats ready to go , I won't get to it... soooo I brought this soft fabric small 7" zipped barrel bag back from Ecuador last year, and use it for this purpose.
Inside goes a small piece of felt with precut thread and a couple extra needles which hold a full thread skein inside a rolled edge.
The felt is then rolled up and placed inside the barrel bag along with the folded up embroidery, and a small pair of scissors. This zips and fits inside my purse. YEAH!