Cross stitchers everywhere who are hitting age 50 or so are saying what I said? How can you see those little holes??
I was a cross stitcher when our oldest three were little. Then I moved to sewing..then to quilting and not I’m cross stitching again.
In the “old days” I stitched on aida cloth. For those of you new to cross stitch, aida looks like this. For aida, you make an “X” with thread from hole to hole.
I had young eyes and have absolutely no problems at all. Nowadays….I prefer the look of linen and I have old eyes. Linen looks more like this…
Linen is harder. To make the “x” you need to cross over two threads. I wear progressive lens in my glasses and even with them, I feel it isn’t easy to see the right hole but I like linen enough more that I work to see those holes.
Then I bought this….Ott Floor Lamp with Magnifier and Clip.
I like it a lot and it has been great. I do recommend the lamp. The light is good and the magnifier works well too.
I’ve tried other lights, and for at home, this is my favorite. I don’t always use the magnifier. I can’t watch television as well if I use the magnifier. So I’ve continued to look for something else and this is what I came up with…
I am wearing reader over my normal glasses and it’s the best thing I have done to date. I wear +2.0 reading glasses over my regular glasses. It’s perfect for me and I think I’ve finally found the perfect solution to fit my needs.
I stumbled upon it quite accidentally. I was cleaning out Kramer’s night stand and I saw a pair of readers in the drawer. I took them and put them in the thrift store donation box. Then an hour or so later, I went back out and got them.
I had started second guessing donating them as I vaguely remembered going to a cross stitch shop years ago and seeing a shop owner wearing two pairs of glasses like this. I pop the glasses on and gave them a try. I’ve been using them ever since.
It’s awesome. I can perfectly see television and perfectly see to stitch. I’m in love. I’m warning you that you might have to try a few pairs to get the right strength. For me, it was the 2.0+ strength.
I still want my lamp…mostly for light but if I ever try stitching in miniature, one thread over one thread or if I stitch on a smaller count of fabric, I might need the mighty magnifier on the the lamp.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.