Learning to stitch - No 1
War Quilts - 7


Stitching is difficult at the moment.  I was quilting a quilt on my sewing machine and caught my thumb under the needle.  My first action was instinctive and I pulled my thumb away.  This broke the needle but left a jagged tear in the ball of my thumb.  It is slow to heal and still quite painfull after a week has passed.  So embroidery has to be of the type that doesn't hurt.  I am surprised just how much I use my thumb.

I found that I could crochet so made a couple of kitchen towels for a friend.  Then I found I had no buttons.  I have no idea what happened to them all in the move.  I had jars of them but they are nowhere to be found.

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I can knit, but all I seem to do is make mistakes that I have to unpull.

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And I have started on my peace embroidery for June.  I can manage cross stitch in a frame, slowly.

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 I have one more box top to finish but I am finding holding the stitching difficult.  This is my grand daughter's little dog Choppie.  He is getting very old and frail.

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And I am working on a piece of Boro stitching.  I need this finished for next Sunday.  I think I should be focusing on this piece.

I am keeping the words of the Haiku Master Issa in mind doing these things.

"Oh snail,

Climb Mount Fuji,

But slowly, slowly"

Which could be a version of the fourth step of humility,

"Endure the pain of development and do not give up."

So much for reflection, back to the stitching.


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Yes, when your thumbs don't work you suddenly realise how much we rely on them. The opposable thumb is a real triumph of evolutionary biology!

Carolyn Foley

I just want the skin the grow and get back to the job. I will never take my thumb for granted again.

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