Since establishing the Mr X Stitch site in 2008, Jamie Chalmers has been showcasing new talent in the world of textiles and stitch and has curated a number of stitch-based exhibitions in the UK and Ireland. A stitcher for over ten years, he is an internationally exhibited artist and the curator of PUSH Stitchery , featuring 30 contemporary embroidery artists from around the world. He has also written articles for textile publications across the world, including FiberArts magazine and Surface Design Journal, and is the regular columnist at CrossStitcher magazine. For the past month I’ve had the pleasure of the Daylight Company’s Slimline LED Floor Lamp in my home and it’s made a huge difference to my stitching at home.

I’m an advocate of the value of good light to avoid headaches and (possibly) blindness* from prolonged stitching in poor light. Any light is better than none; however daylight is even better than your normal indoor lights, as you get an accurate sense of colour, which is handy when doing complicated designs with subtle shades.

 I’m really pleased with the Daylight Slimline LED - it’s a great product with powerful light, great flexibility, but you know what the best thing is? It’s a good looking light that is unobtrusive and stylish at the same time. This is very handy, as it means I can have it up permanently in the middle of my lounge and you barely notice it’s there.


The light has two pivot points where it bends, providing great flexibility in its use. Sometimes I’ll have it right over my needlework, down low so I can focus on the intricacies of what I’m doing. Other times I might just want a bit of daylight in the room, so I bounce it off the wall behind me to get a more mellow light.

The switch for the light responds to the lightest touch, adding another layer of sophistication, and the lamp has a big sturdy (but again unobtrusive) base, providing good stability. The 80 LEDs produce a lot of light, so the ability to direct that light right where you need it is a real advantage, as I can sit in front of the TV and get my stitch on without the light affecting the others in the room (my fiancée and the dog, to be specific).

All in all, this is a great daylight lamp for anyone who’s taking their craft seriously. It’s not cheap, but it’s a stylish, well designed, product that produces a lot of light with the flexibility to point that light however you need it.

Do daylight lights get better than this? I’m not sure. This lamp sets the bar pretty (and high).

* I’m not sure that this would happen but I like to raise awareness nonetheless.

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