Here’s a subject that should be dear the heart of any embroiderer: eyesight.
We often talk about all the tools and accessories and favorite little things that make needlework enjoyable for us. But, hands down, the Most Important tools we have are built right in and we take them with us everywhere. We could not do the needlework we do without our very precious eyes.
I have lousy eyesight, and it’s been that way ever since I can remember seeing things (or rather, not seeing them). My first glasses came about when I first went to school and the teacher realized I couldn’t see the board.
I remember as a kid going to church and staring at a huge stain glass window and being mesmerized by the colors that all swirled together. I could move my eyes and my head around, squinting, and make the colors blend and move. It was all just color to me. There were no pictures. It wasn’t until I had my first pair of glasses that I realized there was actually a story to see in that window.
The drive home from the optometrist when we picked up my first pair of glasses was an eye-opener, too. It was the first time I actually saw, from a distance, leaves on trees – and it just happened to be fall in New England. That drive home is seared in my brain. I can close my eyes and see it as clearly now as I saw it then.
The upshot is this: glasses – or the equivalent – have been a necessary part of my life since then.
In fact, I’m going I’m going to the optometrist today.
Normally, I’m not bouncing off the walls with excitement when I finally force myself to face the inevitable and get another eye exam.
But it just so happens that I am excited about this visit, because, at the end of it, I am going to send my CraftOptics back to the company and get an upgrade in my prescription.
I’ve written about CraftOptics before. I reviewed them here, in depth, so you can read about them if you’re curious. You can also check out their website here for more information on them.
Because I’m near sighted, I can usually stitch without magnification, by removing my glasses. This, however, creates about a six-inch bubble of clear vision around my head. Anything beyond that six inches is blurry.
It’s not always the most pleasant way to stitch! I have to put my glasses back on every time I need something beyond my eyesight’s reach.
Watching a movie or even seeing what’s going on outside the window is out of the question when you stitch like this.
But with CraftOptics, I can see in the distance and I can see perfect detail while I stitch. For me, they’re rather miraculous!
Best yet – and why I’m so keen to get them upgraded right now! – I can also use them when preparing video tutorials, which was becoming very difficult to manage.
I’m telling you all this because I know there are stitchers out there who can’t enjoy stitching the same way they used to as their eyes age.
CraftOptics may be the solution for you, if you really struggle with your eyesight when you stitch.
They are not inexpensive, it’s true. But if stitching – or any kind of meticulous crafting – is a huge part of your life, it may be worth investing in a pair. As your prescription changes, you can do what I’m doing and send them in for an upgrade (yes, there’s a fee).
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I’m not affiliated with CraftOptics, although they sent me my original pair years ago to try. I have a review policy for these things, which you can read under my FAQs on this page. I don’t get any kind of commission or anything like that if you purchase them, and I’m not paid to write reviews.
As a tool, I think they are brilliant. I think they can make a significant impact on what a person can do with needle and thread, if they struggle with eyesight issues.
The folks at CraftOptics have offered a coupon code to Needle ‘n Thread readers for $100 off their “Wow Package,” which is pretty much their everything option, including frames, prescription lenses, dream beam light & battery, and the protective travel case.
The coupon code is NEEDLENTHREAD, and it will get you a $100 discount on that package.
They have a 45-day money back guarantee, if CraftOptics won’t do it for you. This means that, if you’re struggling with your eyes, you can try them with confidence knowing that if they don’t work, you can fall back on that guarantee.
If you have a need, I hope this helps you!
So here I go – I’m off to the eye doctor. Wish me luck!
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