(Updated to make the picture clickable!)
Thanks for all of the well-wishes on my carpal tunnel surgery. I'm now back to typing with both hands, but I can't lift anything heavy (as in >1 pound) or do much grasping or pulling with my right (dominant) hand.
As a result, I'm obviously slightly challenged in the stitching department! This situation rules out:
- Anything that requires the use of a laying tool – and I use a laying tool for everything that calls for more than one strand.
- Anything done in hand. (Thank goodness for my handy Elan lap stand!)
- Anything with less than tight tension on the ground fabric, since my left hand isn’t as sensitive to stitch tension.
- Any fancy stitches that require manipulation of the thread and needle separately.
Well, I guess I could read a couple of books that showed up in the mail last week (Samplers by Rebecca Scott and Stumpwork Medieval Flora by Jane Nicholas). I do want to write up reviews on each of these soon, but I want to stitch, too! So I’ll be picking up these books in between stitching sessions for the next week or so.
I tried to work on Hannah Thornbush, since the section in progress is a simple stitch in one strand. Unfortunately, I discovered that the Soie de Paris used on this piece (a very loosely twisted filament silk) wouldn’t cooperate with my winter-rough skin. Even a sugar scrub wouldn’t help.
Back to the WIP pile. Oh, how about this? It’s my affectionately-nicknamed Ninja Squirrel Sampler. Mostly just simple cross stitch with one strand of twisted silk. That will work, especially since I recently laced the very limp linen to the sides of the scroll frame, so linen is now fairly tight, which lets me get decent stitch tension even with my “dumb” left hand.
Even with one hand, I’m slowly making progress on this piece.
I have a feeling I might want to work on something else soon, though. Does anyone see any candidates in my WIP list?