Today’s question comes from Kay. She writes:
“One of your fans here stated, You often leave me with some thought I return to over and over. I so agree. Now I have a question for you: Do doctors’ waiting rooms have enough light for you to stitch by? Or do you bring your own?“
This question was prompted after I wrote a recent blog post and said I was thankful for being able to stitch in the doctor’s office.
I have done LOTS of stitching in a doctor’s office.
I stitch in waiting rooms…
I stitch in exam rooms…
I stitch everywhere and anywhere I can when I am at appointments. So often the person calling me back has to wait a minute while I quickly tuck my project back into my project bag. They don’t seem to mind.
As far as lighting goes…I am very fortunate. I can see 40 count fairly easily without good lighting.
I am nearsighted meaning everything close up, is easy for me to see. I don’t need glasses for seeing things close up and I think that makes a lot of the difference.
I think that is very important to remember when trying to figure out magnification and light for yourself you need to consider what type of eyes you have. I think it’s also important to remember that what is good for me might not be good for you. Lighting and magnification for each individual person is much like the difference in each individual’s glasses.
If you need glasses for reading, you’re likely going to need a higher-powered lens to stitch or will likely need some strong magnification. Amazon has cheap magnifiers and 4.0 magnification HERE. I believe The Attic Needleworks even sells 6.0 readers.
Some people prefer to have a light with a magnifier. I only ever use a magnifier if I have one-over-one stitching on 40 count to do and even that, I can do without a light and without and magnification if I have to. I don’t prefer to but can. My nearsighted vision is pretty good.
If I am in a doctor’s office stitching I consider these things…
Find the place in the office that has the best lighting. I repeatedly go to the same waiting rooms so know where the good spots are. Check out the windows below letting in all the best lighting.
Pick a good project. I stitched many of these small pieces when I was in the hospital with my husband. We were watching Grease at the time. I actually love small projects at the doctor’s office because even if I stitch only a little, I feel like I made progress.
I also love taking fill-in projects. So much of this house was stitched in waiting rooms. With fill-in, I don’t need to count. I don’t have to worry about a lot of color changes. I can quickly put it in my project bag if I’m called back.
Another good project to take is a border project that is repetitive or an area of a project that is repetitive. I showed you this picture earlier. All of the fruit in the basket was repetitive and I could memorize the pattern.
Picking a project with lettering is also a good option.
That’s the best I can tell you Kay. You have to figure out what works for you if you want to stitch in a waiting room. I’m one of the lucky few that doesn’t need amazing lighting and doesn’t need a ton of magnification so stitching in the doctor’s office is easy for me.
Those of you who are farsighted and need lighting or magnification might need to invest in some portable equipment if you do. There are many things on the market such as THIS magnifier/light. I am hoping that some of you cross-stitchers who do need light and magnification might jump in and leave a comment to tell us what you use if you want to stitch in a waiting room or car if you are waiting for someone.
Thanks so much for the question Kay. I’m so sorry I couldn’t tell you more. Hopefully readers will comment and let us all learn more.