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Buggrit buggrit millennium hand and shrimp [Aug. 3rd, 2010|09:39 am]
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elettaria
I've got severe ME/CFIDS, which is complicated to explain if you don't already know what it is but the crucial points here are extreme fatigue, muscle weakness and pain, limited dexterity, and the annoying point that it's variable, unpredictable and the exhaustion/pain from overdoing it typically hits you a day later, making it harder to pace yourself. I've also had tendonitis in my left shoulder and have only just come off the horrible painkillers for it, though my shoulder is still twinging occasionally. I have a quilt to finish for a competition in a month, I've been working very hard on it and it's going to be stunning, but I'm still having trouble with hand pain. I basted it a couple of days ago, tried to start quilting yesterday morning, and found that my hand was hurting and I had to give up. Your dominant hand ends up in rather a cramped position for quilting. I'll probably rest it all today, and I should cut down on using a mouse since that makes things worse, but I really want to be able to quilt. I know that various symptoms vary over the course of the day and am trying to work out if there would be a better time of day to tackle this. I fished out the Body Clock Guide to Better Health, and if arthritis had been my problem I'd have been fine, but it doesn't have a thing on ME. It does seem to be suggesting evening when talking about using muscles for sport, though. Apart from taking breaks, making sure I don't overuse the hand, paying attention to ergonomics and so forth, does anyone know what I can do? I don't have any painkillers I can take orally that work safely for me, and while I have diclofenac gel that I've been putting on the shoulder, I don't know if that's useful for this sort of thing. I don't want to mask the pain, that might lead to overusing the hand by mistake, I want to get the muscles actually happy again.
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It's nice to know customer service still exists [Jul. 28th, 2010|04:56 pm]
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nightshade1972
[mood |happyhappy]

I just ordered two counted cross-stitch patterns from this website:

http://militaryxstitch.com

*After* I placed the order, I realized, from further reading on the website, that they print their patterns in black and white.  With my vision issues, I have a hard enough time reading some color charts.  Black and white is that much worse.  Depending on the size of the squares on the graph, the symbols tend to "swim together" in my field of vision, making it hard to tell what stitches are in which colors.

I immediately emailed the website to tell them so.  I asked if there was any way possible for them to at least enlarge the black and white pattern so it would be big enough for me to read more clearly.  I frankly expected them to either ignore me, or contact me to tell me "sorry, no can do".

Imagine my surprise when I received an email telling me they'd enlarge the patterns I ordered, *and* print them in color for me!

I've never ordered anything from this vendor before.  Depending upon the quality of the patterns, I may be ordering a lot more from them in the near future--if only because they went so far out of their way to make things easier for me. 

I would encourage anyone with relatives or friends in the military, or anyone with an interest in counted cross stitch, to visit their site.  They have patterns for all four branches of the military, NASA, Homeland Security, etc.  Really neat stuff, and the patterns themselves aren't that expensive.  My only criticism of their site is that I don't see anywhere you can simply download a pattern for immediate access--you have to pay shipping for them to send it to you.
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Want to trade links? [May. 24th, 2008|06:00 pm]
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chezmichelle
If you have a blog or website, let's exchange banners, buttons, or links! Just add my link to your site and then let me know your information, and I'll add you to mine.

Here's the link to my links page: http://www.suncatchereyes.net/Links.html

Here's my info:
To save one of the Suncatcher Eyes link graphics below, right click it and choose 'Save Picture As' or 'Copy' for PCs. If you're on a Mac, click and hold the link graphic, then choose 'Download Image to Disk'. The image should be linked to http://www.suncatchereyes.net.



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Elbow problems [Apr. 8th, 2008|05:17 pm]
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elettaria
I'm currently in the middle of marking up 29 different fabrics for my version of this quilt (I'm doing autumnal colours, 30 degree angles, 6" sides to the diamonds). I have severe ME/CFIDS, which causes muscular weakness and fatigue and a tendency to joint pain, amongst other things. To mark the fabrics, I need to wield relatively heavy acrylic rulers and spend a lot of time leaning on them with my left forearm, and it keeps making my left elbow hurt after only marking up a few fabrics. Any advice on tackling this? I can't wear an elbow support, as I have dermographism and the constriction makes my skin itch ferociously, although I might be OK just wearing one for the time I spend marking the fabric. I'd rather not have to take weeks just to mark up my fabrics. I've a feeling the rotary cutting is going to be awkward too, though I can't quite remember what hurts from that, probably my hands.
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Quilting causing joint pain? [Dec. 20th, 2007|05:34 pm]
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elettaria
I'm wondering if my quilting could be causing joint pain. In September I had a bout of acute calcific tendonitis in my right shoulder, which seemingly sprang out of nowhere, was excruciatingly painful, and restricted the use of my right (dominant) arm for a goodish while. Over the last few days my left elbow has become painful, with pain moving around my arm into my wrist and shoulder as well. I don't have a sewing machine, so I've been sewing - quite a bit - by hand, frequently hunched over a desk as I don't seem to be able to find another sewing position, though I do the really long seams in more comfort on the sofa, and have the mini ironing board arranged so that it isn't uncomfortable to use. I have ME/CFIDS, which can cause all sorts of aches and pains and generally make me more prone to things (plus meaning that I get no exercise, I have it severely and am pretty much housebound), but that shouldn't cause anything like this. Any idea whether the sewing could be a culprit? I'm taking a few days off from it at the moment.
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Tapestry [Nov. 25th, 2006|03:21 pm]
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elettaria
Hi, everyone. I've just taken up tapestry and am currently working on a very exciting cushion cover (12" in various shades of green), which I'm using as a sort of sampler to try out different stitches. I've got CFIDS/ME, which means that my muscles are weak and get achy easily, and also that I prefer working semi-lying on the sofa. I'm using a tapestry frame which is much too big right now (some idiot at a very annoying shop told me it would be the best thing for my previous embroidery project, when in fact no way can you get the requisite tension for embroidery on this thing), 24" x 9", and I'm tying to work out what size to move down to. I've got it down to either 18" x 9" or 18" x 12". Weight is one consideration, though I imagine there won't be much difference. Another is general manoeuvrability, being able to get at the work easily, and with the larger frame there'd be less scrolling required (although I'm not sure that's going to be a big deal). Which would be easier to use, do you think? I'm pretty small and I generally prop the frame up on my leg or something.

After that, I'm trying to work out whether there are any frame stands that would work for me. Most of them seem to be geared towards people who will be sitting upright in a chair, as at a desk, and don't look like they'd work for someone lying along a sofa. Any ideas?
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Quiet in here... [Nov. 14th, 2006|05:08 pm]
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oddnut25
[mood |creative]

...isn't it? Must be that everyone is busy doing their Christmas crafting. Right now I'm doing my cards, just finished the December birthday cards and am halfway through the Christmas cards. Then it's onto decorations and tag and a couple of bookmarks as stocking fillers. I'm waiting for my Stitchmaster floor stand to arrive so I can get started on the Design Works dolphin cross-stitch kit again. I've had it for several years but haven't been able to do anything on it for a long time as I couldn't cope with the large frame anymore....hence the need for a floor stand. Can't wait for it to arrive so I can resume stitching again :o)

Hope everyone is well and happy crafting!
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New here [Oct. 22nd, 2006|03:39 pm]
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oddnut25
[mood |contentcontent]

Hi all, I've just joined this community and just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Marie, I live in Stafford in the UK, I have fibromyalgia/M.E. and am an avid crafter. My main interest is cross-stitch (below is one of my most recently completed pieces) but I also enjoy the occasional tapestry, card making and wood crafts. I'm also new to LJ but will be utilisng my journal shortly.

Take gentle care...
Marie

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Making an evening bag to hold a walking stick [Sep. 4th, 2006|02:36 pm]
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elettaria
I'm going to a wedding next month, and I've just realised that there will be a walking stick problem. There will doubtless be lots of times when I don't want to have the walking stick around, for instance in the synagogue, during the meal and so on. In my experience, if you park it on the back of a chair it falls off with a loud clatter, and if you slide it right under a table it sneaks out and bites the ankles of people six feet away. I do have a foldable walking stick (third from bottom), provided I can strip and revarnish the handle, which is sadly chipped. When folded, it's about 40 cm long by 14 wide (for the handle), although if I bother to make it shorter before folding (I'm assuming it'll be set to fairly high as I'll be wearing heels) it will only be 31 cm long; bit of a hassle but manageable if I'm really desperate. It tends to spring open if given a chance, so either you put something on it to keep it together (like a big hairband) or put it in the bag in such a way that it won't leap out at you.

I think I'll have to make the bag myselfCollapse )Cross-posted to my journal, sew_hip and chroniccrafters, and edited to add a picture of my stick.
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Interfaith arts & crafts comm is up [Aug. 28th, 2006|03:24 pm]
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elettaria
ritual_art is now in existence. Anyone who's interested in discussing arts and crafts related to religious and spiritual purposes, do come along. A co-moderator or two would be very welcome.
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