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armywife
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9:37 am Jul 04, 2011

Hi, Everyone! Happy Fourth of July to all the Americans!

My question is about lighting. I am contemplating how/where to set up my stand (when I decide which one to get), and what kind of lighting I need. I assume natural light is the best, but since a lot, if not most, of my stitching is done at night, I need alternate sources. I am currently using a floor lamp with a florescent bulb. What do you use and what works best?

Have a great day! I'm off work for the holiday here so may get to stitch a little today!
Pam
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rifestitch
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8:42 am Jul 05, 2011

I have an Ott light floor lamp, and can't recommend it highly enough. It has a full spectrum bulb that doesn't get hot, and some projects I cannot do without it.
I have this style, but they offer all kinds:
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=prd11371

Daylight is another company that makes full-spectrum craft lighting. I have one of their magnifiers, but not a lamp of any kind.

I think those are the big 2 - any craft or sewing store - JoAnns and Hobby Lobby for instance - sell various makes and models.
Fibreartist
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5:01 pm Jul 05, 2011

[quote="armywife"]Hi, Everyone! Happy Fourth of July to all the Americans!

My question is about lighting. I am contemplating how/where to set up my stand (when I decide which one to get), and what kind of lighting I need. I assume natural light is the best, but since a lot, if not most, of my stitching is done at night, I need alternate sources. I am currently using a floor lamp with a florescent bulb. What do you use and what works best?
quote]

I also have an OTT floor lamp. You need to place it behind you over your shoulder so that it doesn't cast a shadow. I forget if its left shoulder for right handed or right shoulder for right handed. I forget if its the same shoulder or opposite whatever hand you write with.

Either the OTT light company or the DAYLIGHT (DAYLITE?) company both have excellent stitching lighting. Just make sure you get "full spectrum lighting" . The light is best and the colors are true.
Really helps when you are trying to tell two different threads apart that are very close in color.
armywife
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5:15 pm Jul 06, 2011

I also have an OTT floor lamp. You need to place it behind you over your shoulder so that it doesn't cast a shadow. I forget if its left shoulder for right handed or right shoulder for right handed. I forget if its the same shoulder or opposite whatever hand you write with.

Either the OTT light company or the DAYLIGHT (DAYLITE?) company both have excellent stitching lighting. Just make sure you get "full spectrum lighting" . The light is best and the colors are true.
Really helps when you are trying to tell two different threads apart that are very close in color.[/quote]


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Thanks Karen and Gina!!! I really appreciate the feedback and I will check into it. I have FINALLY finished the first 2 pages of Sunday Afternoon...!!! (I started in the center and did 2 pages at once.

Thanks,
Pam Very Happy
woollymammoth
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11:21 am Jul 20, 2011

Check out architects' lamps as well. They are much less expensive than Ott brand lamps. While they are clamp-on lamps designed to clamp onto the architect's drafting table, you can but stands separately as well.

And you may be able to simply buy a full spectrum fluorescent bulb to use in a lamp you already have.
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