Thank you all so much for your enthusiastic response to yesterday’s post on the topic of hand sewing. One of the things I find most fascinating about blogging is that you never can predict which post readers are going to swoop on. That’s why I think blogging is the ultimate in reader/writer connection – there’s no one person telling the story.
As the above photo proves, there’s another advantage to hand sewing. When the weather’s good, you can take it outside. And readers, yesterday we in the UK actually had a day of summer. Don’t mock. This is the wettest British summer since records began in 1910. The worst weather in 102 years!!! And, guys, we are known for our wet summers.
If you can’t access acres of natural light, I have a really big recommendation for you when peering at tiny sewing details. Head torches. I first remember having a torch strapped to my skull whilst attending the Green Man Festival. Head gear was essential for night time excursions to the camp site portaloos, wearing pyjamas and wellingtons. I mean, when you’re reaching for the toilet roll, how do you hold a torch at the same time? Shudder.
Actually, I don’t mind being down with the mud. By the end of that weekend I stank! My sister and I spent our festival days drinking tepid wine in leftover cardboard coffee cups with grinds swilling around at the bottom. I know, I’m disgusting! I wallow in my own disgusting-ness sometimes.
So, from music festival to cross-legged on the sofa, peering at hand stitching. I recommend it! But I’m not showing you photographic evidence. There are some limits and, you know, I don’t want to lose a whole load of readers.
What about you? Do you have any special lighting equipment? I see adverts for those lamps that you clamp on to the edge of tables. Any good?