Thank you for your ouches, I like a little sympathy when I’m hurt. The hand is healing quicker than I expected. It has put on a colourful display throughout the week (I should have taken a daily photo for the blog) and has been very sore but I don’t think any serious or lasting damage has been done.
The main thing is I can still stitch, but only for short periods at a time so progress on all fronts has been painfully slow (excuse the pun). I am right handed but most of the time I stitch with two hands. It is necessary for Japanese Embroidery but long before I began JE, I learnt to use two hands when I started to use a floor stand. Now it seems awkward to stitch only with one, but when needs must! More awkward for me is using the mouse right-handed. The first PC I used belonged to my left-handed boss who grumbled if I rearranged his layout, so I started to use the mouse with my left hand. It is very convenient as that leaves my right hand free for all the things I can’t do left-handed – that is everything except control the mouse!
Thank you also, Jeanne, for the You Make My Day Award, I am honoured that you have included my in your list. I have already listed ten of the blogs that make my day so I hope you will excuse me if I do not make another. However, I would like to say You Make My Day to everyone who takes the time to leave me a comment, it is always a thrill to read them.
Considering I decided the basic idea for my February TIF on the first day of the challenge and had a firm design in mind within a couple of days, I have not progressed very well. My design includes a lot of stitching so I decided to keep the format small, just 4 inches square. Approximately one third of that will be cross-stitched. I have worked out that I have to do just over 1500 cross stitches alone. Working slowly and for short periods, it is taking me a long time.
I am using the three shades of blue from the colour scheme and trying to fade gradually from one shade to the next. The stitching is a single strand of DMC worked over two threads on 35 count linen. Elizabeth of Quieter Moments very kindly sent me a sample of linen to try some pulled work stitches on. After playing for a few rows I realized it was just what I wanted for my TIF design. Thank you, Elizabeth.
By the way, did you spot my deliberate (not) mistake? And I don't mean the extra long stitch in the middle. As progress is so slow, both mistakes are staying!