Blackwork update

Everything’s ready for me to begin this project. I even sat down and started to stitch…for about 2 minutes. Then I realized I couldn’t see well enough to count the  individual threads of the fabric. I put on my new reading glasses – no help.  I continued and the stitches weren’t too terrible, but they weren’t that good either. So I stopped. Frustration is not the goal of embroidery.

The project is now on hold until my magnifying lamp arrives. I decided to order one that seems to be the same one Mary Corbet reviews here, although the company name is different in Europe than in the USA.

After looking for the “Dublin Craftlite” online with a distributor in Europe (the one Mary reviews and likes), I looked on the Sew and So website and found just what I was looking for – called a “Purelight Magnifying Lamp”.

Sew and So also sell Daylight magnifying lamps which are the Rolls Royce of magnifying lamps but I’ve never used one before and wasn’t ready to invest that kind of cash in a tool I might not like.

It’s ordered and the confirmation email cam immediately so I expect to see the lamp in less than a week at my door. Sew and So’s customer service is excellent. Until then, the blackwork project will have to wait.

In the mean time, I’ll be starting on the border for the Winter Linen pillow projects because I can SEE what I’m doing on that without a magnifying lamp. Ah, aging…it has it’s challenges but it sure beats the alternative!

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4 thoughts on “Blackwork update

  1. Blackwork is one of the hardest embroidery on the eyes and how they used to do it in days gone by goodness only knows. I look foward to hearing how you get on with the magnifier.

    Happy New Year to you all.

    • Hi Dee,
      I hope you’re safe and warm at home today! With all the reading I did about blackwork before I embarked on this project, no where did I read about how hard it was on the eyes! I absolutely agree with you and I, too, cannot imagine how they did it before electric lights.
      Liebe Grusse,
      Kathy

  2. I suspect they only did blackwork in daylight hours. Just imagine sitting in a cold, draughty window seat (no double-glazing, remember!) just to get the last of the light..

  3. How they used to do blackwork in Ye Olden Days?

    First, by daylight — it’s practically impossible to see well enough to do it by candlelight, lamplight etc. Embroiderers Guilds had rules that you could only work by daylight — the only exception is if you were embroidering for the King/Queen and on a tight deadline 😉 The best modern lamps do a fairly decent job, but daylight is still best for the tiniest bits.

    Second, nearsighted people have a natural advantage — we can focus closer than other people can. Today of course there are reading glasses and so forth, which were not nearly as common before lenses could be machine made (though spectacles did exist as far back as the 1400s).

    Third, practice. Your eyes have to “learn” to see and understand what they’re seeing at that size. It does get easier after a while.

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