Thanks to everyone that replied to my stitchy question. It seems that you each have your own way of working on these fabrics and that I must find my way too.
I'm actually finding that if I stitch in daylight by the window, I find it much easier to see where the holes are than by daylight lamp and magnifier, so I think I'm going to stick to this for now - typical isn't it that I figure this out when it's starting to go dark too early for my liking! Oh well, there's always whole days of weekends :)
I'm hoping to post a stitchy update after the knitting and stitching show to show you all what lovely stash I get hold of, or before then if I manage to get the piece I'm working on finished. Not too much to go now, just a birdy.
Hope everyone is having a lovely week :)