Last Sunday I wrote a post about appreciating our hands. In the posted comments there were a lot of great ideas for taking care of your skin - lotions, creams, and home made recipes. Thank you for sharing your ideas and helpful tips.
Part of loving something (someone) is protecting it (them) from harm. As quilters, we need to take this seriously because a lot of harm can come to our most precious instruments - our hands. Exhibit A can be seen over at The Cozy (but bleeding) Quilter. Poor Gail... no slow stitching for you for a while! Injuries can happen so quickly with a sharp instrument like a rotary cutter. But injuries can also slowly occur over time for us hand stitchers.
We need these to protect our fingers/thumbs as we stitch by hand using quilting aids such as thimbles. Here is an interesting photo I took a few years ago of the hands of my quilting friends at retreat. What a wide variety of favourite thimbles they had. The healthier your skin is and the less injuries you have, the longer your hands will stitch for you. Here is a great link to some hand exercises that might help your stitching dexterity - 10 ways to exercise your fingers and hands. Take good care of your hands my friends!
Funny that this week I was thinking about protecting hands while stitching oven mitts, which protect hands from burns! I finished hand stitching the binding on the mitts ,and today I will be sewing on a loop to hang them up. And then I will be back to hand quilting my Journey quilt. I am on the last block now!
What are you hands sewing this week? Link up your hand stitching project below and share any tips you have for how you care for your hands.