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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