Last week was one of those weeks where solutions to problems just seemed to come. You see, I've been bothered by the fact that I was limited on the time I could spend hand embroidering.
For some reason, when it comes to hand embroidering, I find using a normal thimble cumbersome. So, the finger I use to push the needle would develop a small surface hole that's quite tender and the middle finger underneath my work would get scraped by the point of the needle, thus becoming sore.
You would think after years of hand embroidering I would get callouses rendering this a none issue, but that is not the case.
It was time for a solution!
It dawned on me that we had these little Thimble Pads at the Shoppe. So, I gave them a try!
They work beautifully! They are not cumbersome and thus allow me to push my embroidery needle through.
I was impressed!
They last too! The adhesive works for a long period of time. I've been using one for the past 4 (four) days and it still sticks to my finger. As for the colour, well it sort of has picked up the colour of my thread - black!
Of course this didn't help the left hand issue, the one that's underneath my work. Sure I can alternate between fingers, but after a while they all get sore.
Ding, a light bulb came on!
Why don't I try the Under Thimble by the same company?
Picked that up at the Shoppe too!
It was my week off, but you wouldn't know it by the number of times I found myself at Fibre Junction! lol
Well, stuck one of these metal spheres on the other middle finger and gave it a try.
Took me a few minutes to get used too, but it's working great.
The needle scrapes the surface of the metal as opposed to my finger.
No more sore fingers!
Look out, I'm armed!
With these little thimbles on, I can stitch for days on end!
What a relief!
Now, try getting a 13 year old to take this picture? Yea, she wouldn't stop laughing! "Mommy..." lol
Of course I feel kind of funny myself when I show off my middle fingers with the thimbles on! LOL! Kids?!?!
I haven't tried the Under Thimble with hand applique yet, but I sure will give it a try. I'm hoping I can extend the time I spend hand appliqueing! When you're on a roll, it's nice to be able to keep the pace!
Tell me, do you get sore fingers when you work on your hand embroidery? Do you use a thimble? I'd love for you to share your method/tools!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!