I hope you haven't forgotten me, it's been so long since I posted here!
Last year I bought myself one of those magnifiers, with a light, that you hang round your neck. After the initial problems working out how to put batteries in, the light and magnifier has been a great help with my stitching. At first I couldn't get on with the weight of the magnifier balanced round my neck, but now I wouldn't want to stitch without it!
Unfortunately DH found its light distracting when we were watching TV ..... he could see it out the corner of his eye, however I now know to sit slightly facing away from him, and I think the problem is solved!
I'm so pleased I bought this little gadget! After purchasing I read on line that people were very unhappy with theirs, (mainly because of the problem putting the batteries in) but I've found mine has really helped me to keep my threads neatly aligned, and given me more of an inclination to cross stitch.
A week ago on Friday night I prep'd this Jane Greenoff UFO that has been lurking in our bookcase for years.
Pattern from Jane Greenoff's book:
"55 Country Cross Stitch Charts"
I found my stitching hoop, printed a copy of the pattern and stuck it onto card, punched holes for the threads and transferred them from the old scrap of card I'd used before.
After all the prepping I only managed a few stitches, but that was good 'cos I was able to frolic along with the rest of you again this Friday night ..... although I haven't had a chance to take any more photos yet!
There are a number of other cross stitch UFO's lurking in our Dreaded Cupboard, and this year I'm aiming to go all out on completing some of them ..... making space for some new ones, of course!
I hope you were stitching last night too, and I look forward to reading what you are working on!