Thursday, November 22, 2012
flower basket director's chair
I must confess that I don't use a thimble when I work on a frame. I don't feel it is necessary. However, when I stitch "in hand", I always use a thimble. The flower basket canvas was painted on 14mesh canvas. I stitched it with 2-ply Paternayan persian. It was really difficult to pull through, especially when fitting colors into odd places in the design. I tried stitching with the new-skin that athletes use to spray their skin before applying athletic tape. It didn't work very well and gummed up the eyes of the needles. Then I tried the rubber fingers that secretaries use to help them collate pages in reports. The rubber kept grabbing the needle and it didn't really protect my finger. So, reluctantly, I was forced to try a thimble. My finger was bloody and really tender. That was enough incentive for me to persist with the thimble. Today it is almost an automatic response to put the thimble on.