I haven't picked up a needle since March.. I was so frustrated that I packed everything away until I had time to give my options some thought. I figure if I can paint buttons I can stitch but I have to get everything right... Yesterday I was moving all my machine laces from smaller bins to one large bin and was thinking if I dyed them they would be perfect for the foreground in my UFO peacock piece.
It's not that I hadn't been thinking all along. I have been researching other lamps I thought might work. I adore the lamps I have but I have not been able to stitch with them....when I get them low enough all the work surfaces are too high, One is attached to my painting table and the other is not that easy to move about. I did order this lamp to try which Amazon assured me would arrive today. It is adjustable in height and had an 88% approval rating. It only has 1.75 magnification though.
So I began to think about a work surface and my dream list was:
1. Low - no more than 24" tall and preferably 22"
2. I must be able to get my legs beneath it/
3. It must have wheels or be light enough to easily move from spot to spot.
4. It would be even nicer if it folded up and stored or taken in the car...
I started in the house... The little table I'm going to paint is the right height but not easily moveable. My little green table is the right height and folds up but it is very unstable. The TV sits on an old typing table which has casters and I can get my legs under but it is much too tall and would be difficult to lower...so my search moved to the barn.
This is another old typing table that my shrink wrap machine sits on. It again fits most of the criteria but is too tall and difficult to shorten enough that my legs would still fit beneath because of the shelves.
Then I noticed this old walker with a seat... I use this as a portable chair ALL the time in the barn and the flat seat got me thinking... I knew I had at least 3 other walkers in the back of the barn... With each injury I move up in quality of walkers.. My latest one is red with a basket and a cup holder... very classy. I think that was the broken leg.
..........And in an emergency I could still use it as a walker.
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