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This Still Hurts

Embroidery: You know what sucks? This still hurts.

For my first attempt at “narrative embroidery” I used a couching stitch, in which I tacked down loose loops of thread with stitches rather like tiny railroad ties to try to replicate my hand writing. I dotted the is with French knots. Lots of figuring things out as I went (the upper line was done after the lower line).

I think an embroidery hoop would have helped, but that does look an awful lot like my handwriting. The actual size of the photo is the actual size of my hand — this was originally a trace of my hand and writing done in disappearing blue ink.

19th Century typesetting, w00t!

Backstory:
Two years ago I injured myself where the pinky connects to the hand. I wore a custom splint and had physical therapy for 3 months, but it never quite healed, probably because I couldn’t stop typing and remain employed as a web developer.

Many important keyboard buttons are hit with the pinky: shift, copy/paste, options, tab, the letter a, for example. I retrained myself to use the ring finger, but I believe the constant tension, wiggling, and flexing prevented healing, as the splint was designed to keep things aligned so they could re-stitch themselves back together. So, every day, especially when I’m quite busy and typing fast (writing or developing), I am distracted by this constant pain that makes me want to pout and whine with frustration. Sometimes, I just have to write by hand, but it’s not an option 99% of the time.

And you can just forget about getting past medium on Guitar Hero - no pinky extensions for me. It’s a crying shame!

“Stitch and Bitch” is right. I feel somewhat better now that I made this, but it still feels like iron filings and loose wires are burning in my left hand. Bitch, bitch, bitch.

Having a broken camera also sucks. This is a scan of my first attempt at “narrative embroidery."

Posted by mia on 10/12 at 02:16 PM

  1. This is so interesting! I’ve never even heard of narrative embroidery, but I think I love it. Unfortunately, I only know two stitches - split and satin. At least, that’s what I call them. Also, I don’t have a tragic pinky accident. There is much work to be done.

    Posted by chrissy  on  10/14  at  09:10 AM

  2. you’re sweet - tragic pinky accident. but it’s true! so tragic! heheh alas, it sucks so bad!

    I had never heard of “narrative embroidery” until I took a short class by that name - mainly because I wanted to learn types of stitches to help me do things like this.

    Satin and split are right, the others are just couching, french knots, the back stitch, and running stitch. I should admit I was slightly bummed there wasn’t more to it.

    Of course—until I tried it. You can go blind trying to wrangle tiny fibers, trying to make straight lines curve.

    Posted by mia  on  10/14  at  09:44 AM

  3. It is so obvious that you are from North Jersey, the home of embroidery since 1880. 

    Also of note, the ‘type the word below’ is: meaning 16.  Dude, that’s narrative internet chaos.

    Love,
    Pinky

    Posted by PinkD  on  10/18  at  11:25 AM

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