Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The Best $4 Craft Supply I Ever Bought
Tracing craft and embroidery patterns isn't too challenging, and we all have our methods.
Being a make-do sort of gal, I've just used the window to trace out embroidery patterns. But my arms get tired, it's not always sunny out, and there sometimes isn't enough light even on a sunny day because of the awnings outside the windows.
I was looking at some light boxes but they can be quite pricey and I get migraines when I'm looking into light for too long.
Then I saw it at the store. A clear plastic clipboard.
You should be jumping up and down shouting "Brilliant, Allison!"
Honestly, I have used this thing nearly every day for the last couple of weeks. Embroidery patterns and fabric clip to it solidly. It easily props up against my sewing machine or in my lap, and there's enough light behind it to trace out the design to the fabric.
It's also perfect for tracing template pieces when I don't want to cut up a pattern in a magazine or something belonging to a friend.
I also discovered, a clip-on reading light clipped so the light is underneath turns it into an instant lightbox.
It's super portable and totally clear so the light comes through very well.
It cost less than $4 and can be found at any discount department store like Target, Walmart, Kmart, Big W (Australia)....those sorts of shops.
I stitch in two different rooms of the house, but I also take projects to my parents when I go help them for a couple of days a week. For me, it's a simple solution that really works. It's probably the best $4 I ever spent on a craft supply.