Feb 19, 2008

Stitching on Dark Fabric

Elaine's post prompted me to share my solution to stitching on dark fabrics.

Stitching on dark fabrics can be challenging for some. There are a couple of things I've done to made it easier. For awhile, I put a white pillowcase over my lap and then positioned a lamp so that the light reflected off the white up to the backside of the dark fabric I was stitching on. Currently, I use this:

It's a 12x12" light GE slide viewing light box that I picked up at a yard sale for $1. I just place it on my lap and the light shines up through the back of the fabric.


laydenwithstitches said...

I like your solution too. We stitcher's can be pretty resourceful when the need arises.

Kendra said...

Hey, there's another solution to the problem of stitching on dark fabric...

Stitch on light fabric. ;-)

Seriously, though...you have a good alternative to the super expensive light boxes you see at crafting stores!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Good idea1 For me I go cheap! Work only on sunny days with a white towel on my lap!

Carol R said...

Great idea. There's actually one on the market in the UK that has a cushion on the bottom for your lap - rather like those lap trays. I will see if I can find the link although I don't think you will get one for a dollar! The guy who makes there used to be my framer but found he could make more money this way!