Sunday, June 14, 2009

I've created a monster

My friend, Wanda, was intrigued by my needle-felting so I showed her how to do it and then asked her to babysit my machine while I travelled around Egypt and had surgery. She had a great time with it and produced these fabulous pieces. She then bought her own machine. It'll be interesting to see what she comes up with next.

Monday, June 8, 2009


Sometime between my recent adventures (Egypt and surgery), I received this beautiful postcard from Maggi. Thank you, Maggi, I love the subtle colours and intricate details. I want to learn how to do machine embroidery and would love to be able to make something as beautiful as this.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Non-opposable thumb

I haven't been able to do much in the way of textile arts since having a trapeziectomy (removal of a small bone) on my right wrist about 6 weeks ago. While my wrist was swathed in plaster and heavy bandages, I couldn't do much more than wriggle my fingers.

After 2 weeks, I progressed to a rigid plastic splint, which allowed me much greater use of my fingers.

I'm now wearing a soft splint and feel almost normal but still won't have that whole opposable thumb thing working for another 6 weeks. However, I should be able to resume driving in about 2 weeks and I can do some needle-felting - just nothing very complicated.