At the risk of being boring.......I worked on Boys Story..... again!!
Got the Alien stitched down but didn't quite manage to finish the stitched words above his head. Didn't get to finish the comic strip either. I intended to burn the old midnight oil again but I started nodding off on the job around 11pm and had to give up and head on up to bed.
Had a great evening though and made some progress. One step nearer the end!
I've stitched and appliqued so much this week my little fingers are getting a bit sore. I'm not good at stitching wearing a thimble... I'd have better luck with boxing gloves on. However I do have a great way of protecting my digits when I feel the need....
First.... take a roll of equine bandage!
cut off a nice square
fold it in half
place your finger on it and trim like this
fold the sides over your finger and press
then fold the top down and 'mould' into a comfortable pad
And there you have the most wonderful comfortable finger protection you could ever wish for!!
I promise you that you'll forget you are wearing it in a matter of minutes. I wish I could claim it was my idea but I'm not that bright. It's a tip passed on by Nikki Tinkler at a workshop Chris and I went to a few years ago. It's the only protection I use while stitching although sometimes I think I could do with a stab vest too!
OK.... my Mum is waiting (not so patiently) for me to get off this computer so she can Google 'Balaclava Patterns'!! Guess her charity knitting is taking a whole new turn..... I daren't ask!!
Hope you all had a fabulously fruitful FNSI.....
See ya soon...
Thanks for the tip, do you buy the bandage from the Vet? I bought a special little leather thimble but I still find it hard to stitch with. I love your progress on Mac's quilt!
I think you managed to do quite a bit before nodding off :) Barb.
For a quilt with such a lot of different elements you are doing an amazing job getting this much done!!! I understand the nodding off rather than burning the midnight oil too ... Was up till 2am every morning much of last week and I'm now getting tired around the 10pm mark, needing to head to bed not long after!! ... Thanks for the tip!! not sure where I'll get some of that, but it'll surely be useful once I do! Hugs!!!
go Josie ,each step is closer to a finish.xx
Have I told you how much I love Mac's quilt?? I have now bought the book in preparation to start one for Max.. You go girl....
Ohh, I love the bandage idea although I seem to be having luck with nice soft silicone thimbles lately. Trouble is I lose them quite often and they are expensive. Horse bandage comes in big rolls!
You're doing fantastic, no wonder the fingers are getting sore ......... all that stitching! That's the best use for a horse bandage I've seen in a long time(I'm not a fan of horses!)
Now get off that computer and let your Mum on........
Boring boring boring.... just kidding! You're doing so well with getting this quilt on the road to finished! Great idea about the bandage. We have something similar here - wouldn't have thought to use it for that though. But I do have a tip if you're planning on takeing up a woodwind instrument... use green florist tape and fold it in small pieces over your bottom teeth to prevent teeth from cutting into the inside of your lip when you're playing ALOT! (Useless info I'm sure!)
Love this finger protection idea, Josie - I must give it a try (I'm useless with thimbles)
Have a lovely Christmas and see you in the new year, Kathy
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