How to keep sane when you can’t stitch

For a moment, just think about your thumbs.  You use them for all kinds of daily tasks.  Whether it is unfastening a button, sliding a zipper, or steadying the handle of a cup, you need your thumbs.

So now, think about if one thumb was out of action.  You can use the other hand for some things, but not all of them.

I have damaged my right thumb.  I don’t know how.  I woke up about a week ago, and it felt as if I had bent it back with some force.  What is worse is that I am right-handed.  The thumb joint has clicked a couple of times, but I am still swollen, and it still hurts, even during the night.  I have tried a few short bursts of stitching, but I don’t think it is helping my recovery.  I was forced to go to a Knit and Natter group and just Natter!

Because we use out thumbs for so many things it is difficult to rest them completely to help the healing process.

On the first day I occupied myself by planning future projects, rummaging through fabrics and threads. I feared for my sanity.  The next day I was rescued.

The answer is a new book.  So far I am enjoying it, and I may write a review. I want to make notes as ideas come to me, but it hurts to hold a pencil.  Thank goodness for the computer keyboard!

The book is ‘Stitch, Fabric and Thread: An inspirational guide for creative stitchers’ by Elizabeth Healey.  It is published by Search press, so not expensive.  So far I am enjoying it.  However, before you rush out to buy it, I have to say that you will need good eyesight.  A good proportion of the text is in a very fine font, which, although it is not small, is not the easiest to read.  A good reading lamp helps.

I did start on the table cloth I mentioned in my post ‘Upcoming projects’, but sadly it is in a box for the time being.

Maybe next week I will be able to get back to it.


January 26, 2017. Tags: , . Embroidery. 1 comment.