So you have an image that you want to stitch. Maybe you purchased an embroidery pattern. Maybe you drew something yourself. Maybe you want to turn your daughter's artwork into a stitched memory. But you don't have a lightbox. What can you do?
One of my closest friends has a few words that are important to her, and I wanted to stitch and frame them as a surprise to her. I walked around my home to find the window that had good light and taped up the paper that I had written the words on.
Next I chose the fabric I wanted to stitch onto and simply traced the pattern onto my fabric with the first pencil I found. Your stitches will cover the pencil marks so that no erasing will be necessary. If it's very cold, be sure to wear a sweatshirt and maybe even a toque. If there's a fireplace in the room you may want to light that as well. Standing next to a drafty window for so long could be unbearable if you aren't prepared. This is not a fast process!