Growing up, both of our parents were life-long eyeglass wearers. Our Mom has worn hers all her life - from age 2! and our Dad wore his from age 11 until he passed away. So it was a big surprise to them that both my sister and I never needed glasses.
My sister had 15/20 vision, or as we liked to call it, Cat Eyes. I had 20/25, with a slight stigmatism, one eye is nearsighted and one eye is farsighted. (not bad enough to get glasses)....But I always kind of wanted them - they seemed like they made you look smarter and sexy in a nerdly kind of way. My sis has been wearing some reading glasses for work for a little while now....and looks super extra smart and sassy in hers. She's an Editor and constantly is using her peepers for that kind of close work.
Well, flash forward. Life flashes by, time marches on and I am in what must be middle age (gasp!). Last fall, it was taking me way to long to thread my needles. Ridiculous! and very frustrating, making my stitching not as much fun as it should be.
Then I was in our local drug store and passed by the reading glasses display. Then decided to try a few on, testing which magnifying seemed to work best.
So, while I haven't gone to the eye doc for a formal review of the state of my vision, I'm happy to say these tiger print Foster Grants are helping quite nicely! I can thread needles with ease now. and I think I look like Lois Lane would look, if she liked to stitch and stuff....
Introducing the Mighty Bright Magnified Lighted Seam Ripper!
It is amazing! You can switch on the very bright LED light, and it magnifies the area you're working on. The seam ripper part swivels too, so you can angle it however works best.
Check it out, in action!
It's made me want to rip out more threads than I was planning on for this one new piece I've been working on...I'll try to get a shot of the piece up here soon. It's a rust print over shibori dye on linen/hemp blend fabric.
Besides removing some warps and wefts to create open-ness, I'm also stitching a lot of texture, trying to create the feeling of looking through branches. but it's very abstract....at least I think it is. hard to know what others would think!