Monday
Jan292018

An Eyeglass Case and Finally Some Decent Lighting

One does not argue with one's mother. When she tells you that you need to make her an eyeglass case, you make her one. Eventually. 

This story goes back a couple of months. My mother and I both have (had) these fabric cases for our cheaters. She picked them up at a craft show years ago. I have never seen a pattern for a similar style. Hers finally fell apart. Mine is on the way out. She decided that I should make replacement ones. They are basically a fabric tube folded back on itself with an inside divided sleeve for two pairs of cheaters. They have a velcro closure. 

Because she reminded me in yesterday's comments that I still hadn't gotten around to making her a new one (too busy making bags), I got the fabric out last night and attempted to reverse engineer my glasses case. I was fairly successful:

The outside of the case is a remnant of some prequilted cotton from Jo-Anns. I used Kona for the inside sleeve. The tricky part was getting the three pieces—the outside, the lining, and the sleeve—layered together properly so that when I sewed it together and then turned it inside out, everything was where it needed to be. (The velcro pieces get sewed on first, so they have to end up being able to hook together.)  That took two attempts. It didn't take three or four attempts, so I call two attempts a win. I did take notes for the next one. The prequilted cotton has two sides to it, so I am not entirely sure that I need all three layers, but I wanted to stick to the original construction for the first iteration so I could understand how it went together. 

[The little community where I live has a craft cooperative made up mostly of the women who are in the Mountain Brook Ladies Club (like my friend, Arlene, that I keep running into at Hobby Lobby). They have a very successful craft show every November and they hold it in our church's fellowship hall. Maybe I should see about joining the cooperative and selling some stuff there next fall.] 

I am sending this to my mother today so she has one to use, but there will be a Glasses Case 2.0. The prequilted cotton is a bit thicker than what was used in the original case. I need to add a smidge to the length to compensate. For the most part, though, it turned out as expected and didn't take all that much time to make. 

I also cut out the pieces for a Wool + Wax Tote. You have to love a bag that has only has four exterior pieces and two interior pieces. It's going to go together quickly. I used some more of the teal waxed canvas for the body and navy blue waxed canvas for the base. 

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I've mentioned before that the lighting in my house is less than optimal. When we built our house in 1996, we were on a pretty tight budget. The bank had given us four months to get it done—over the winter, no less—and this was in the days before the Internet and the Big Brown Truck of Happiness that would deliver whatever you ordered from Amazon in two days. Kalispell had no Costco or Home Depot or Lowe's then. I was limited to what lighting fixtures I could find at the local Ace Hardware. And let's face it, subbing out the placement of the lighting fixtures to the person with limited spatial perception abilities was not a good decision. As a result, the lighting in this house has always been slightly anemic. In the winter, when I have the insulated curtains on the windows, it's rather like being in a cave. 

My office has three fluorescent light fixtures. Last week, one of the fixtures started flickering and then went out completely. Our friend Chuck had mentioned to me that Costco was selling replacement LED bulbs for fluorescent fixtures and that they worked really well. I picked up two replacement tubes on Saturday when I was there and the husband put them in for me yesterday morning. The difference in light output was amazing. Not only did the LEDs give a warmer spectrum of color, they gave a whole lot more of it. I was like someone had flooded my office with sunlight—but only in one corner. I said to the husband yesterday morning that it was going to make me nuts not to have LED lights in all three fixtures, so after church, I went back to Costco and bought four more replacement tubes. I now have a WHOLE LOT OF LIGHT in my office. The husband says it is like a supernova in here (the star, not the sewing machine). 

I don't feel like I suffer much from seasonal affective disorder—I like winter and being able to hunker down for a few months—but I enjoy being in my office a lot more now. The only downside is that now I can see how very dirty it is in here. It needs a thorough cleaning. 

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Reader Comments (2)

Summer before last I built a 15' x 17' sewing room in an attic at our home. I put FIVE 4' double bulb LED light fixtures in it; and while very bright and nice to work in, it is still not enough light! It is miles better lighting than when I sewed in my office, so I need to quit whining.

John Thomas in NC

January 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Thomas

I don't actually sew in my office; my office has two computers, a standalone copier, an L-desk, four bookshelves and two filing cabinets. A lot of this is left over from my knitting designer days. I keep telling myself I should clean some of this stuff out of here, but it's such a daunting task that I put it off. Now that I can see all the dirt, though, maybe I'll get some motivation. :)

I've replaced as many bulbs in the fixtures as I can with LED bulbs, but upstairs, where I sew, still doesn't have good lighting except in the summer. And then I don't have time to sew.

January 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Szabo

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