Jenny La Fleur
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the necessity of wrists

The pearl dress is progressing... but slowly.

I still have 4 more motifs that need sequins but I was getting incredibly bored with them so I decided to switch to the pearls for a little while. It's looking good and the weight at the hem is just what I wanted but it's taking FOREVER! I'm having to string the pearls on 3-4 at a time then couch each one down to get everything to look nice. It is very sturdy but yeah, forever.

I've been hampered in my progress by my wrists acting up as well. It's a repetitive motion thing, thanks to the heavy combination of computer work and hand sewing that is my life. They've given me twinges over the years but it's never lasted this long or been quite this uncomfortable. It started bothering me right after the Coaching Day sewing madness so I stopped sewing and working on the Pearl for a good 2 weeks but it didn't seem to help. I can't stop being on the computer as it's part of my job (although I've given up computer games and expect to see me responding less on LJ) and I have CC to sew for.

*sigh* So I'm no on a regimen of anti-inflammatorys and icing my wrists twice a day. I have a lovely pair of little wrist braces I'm wearing most of the day now and I'm limiting my handwork time (icing before and after). I'm not willing to give up on the Pearl yet, it's the one piece I really wanted to wear at CC but I may simply run out of "wrist time".

I never realized just how much your wrists are used though and how much they affect your everyday life. Everything from driving, to shopping, to sleeping and eating. I never realized before how versatile and cool the wrist is. I also never realized how much I used my left wrist/hand even though I'm right handed. It's my left that is the most uncomfortable interestingly enough.

I am just way too young to be falling apart like this! *moo*

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From: laurenmonkey Date: June 5th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC) (link)
Ooooh! That looks gorgeous!

Wrists are touchy things... I really hope you feel better! That's such a rotten thing when you have sewing that you want to do!
And I like the *moo*. It made me giggle.
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: June 5th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC) (link)
oh that sucks :( especially when you really want to be sewing!
but the skirt is looking gorgeous! i can't believe i'm actually going to see it :)
mala_14 From: mala_14 Date: June 5th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC) (link)
That sucks about your wrists. I hope they feel better. The gown looks lovely though. Very beautiful work.
From: murthandjoy Date: June 5th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC) (link)
Well, I know how you feel. It's my left hand as well. Are your fingers tingeling yet? The wrist guards are your best bet, they help me so much.

The dress looks lovely!
undycat From: undycat Date: June 5th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC) (link)
I hate problematic wrists! I've had tendinitis in both of mine for about 5 years now.

I find it more helpful to wear the wrist braces at night, while you sleep than during the day. During the day I'm always trying to do normal activities and so I strain against the braces and make matters worse. At night they stay in a neutral position and get some rest.
gilded_garb From: gilded_garb Date: June 5th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC) (link)
Ooh, it's so pretty! I'd love to see it done but I want you to take care of those wrists! I hope you start feeling better soon.
From: murthandjoy Date: June 5th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC) (link)
Hey Jenny, just sent you an email re: Mary Kay.
anielmom From: anielmom Date: June 5th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC) (link)
It really is lovely. I hope you'll be able to finish it in time. But, as you already know, you must take care of you first. Hope they feel better soon.
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: June 5th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh no! That must be so frustrating. I really hope the wrist guards help and that you are feeling better soon. *big hugs*

(And the pearl is looking gorgeous by the way. Not that is helping Im sure.)
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 6th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC) (link)



I can soooo understand the wrists! I've had carpel tunnel since I was 12...but am determined to continue sewing. I'm looking into an internship at the Milliner's shop in Williamsburg, and I'm wondering how they'll do. But your dress is lovely and so worth it! I'll be praying for you!

Amber Agnew

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