I’ve been doing a set of therapeutic stretches from a book about conquering carpal tunnel syndrome and, while I’m certainly nowhere near free of the problem, the improvements have been dramatic. I’m actually hopeful that I’ll avoid surgery.
I’ve already been able to pick up a needle and dust off poor Hestor, who must have thought that his ride through the forest was going to be interminable and the church door forever beckoning. Perhaps I should add a speech bubble that says ‘Yay!’ or a suitable medieval alternative. Gadzooks, perhaps?
Anyway, medieval exclamatory notes aside, as the Hestor that I’m working on is technically ‘son of Hestor’ or ‘Hestor Mark II’, the original attempt that started in cotton perlé having been abandoned in favor of a complete restart using 100% silk in a bid to stave off hand strain, I am aware that I haven’t posted any pictures of the work in progress.
Here he now is. Comparison with my earlier post of the cotton WIP is not strictly fair, because I’d advanced further into the design with Hestor I. I think there is now, however, sufficient stitching in Hestor II (The Return of the Prodigal Hestor) to reveal him to the world. Well. To my blog readers…which basically means to my mum and a few kind friends, plus those brave, brave souls who’ve decided that I’m worth following. Thank you, by the way…not just for following me (and I definitely DO NOT do the Prime Minister’s victory dance from Love Actually whenever this happens, though it is tempting) but for the revelation of your own interesting and talent-filled blogs in the process.
Anyway, without further ado…here’s the Prodigal Hestor (work in progress)
Some of his lines look a little wobbly, but that’s more because he’s slightly unevenly stretched at the moment, for various reasons.
And here’s a close up of some of the stitching so far. I like to think that this is much better than the cotton version of same. Your opinions are gratefully sought on this score.
Hestor, detail, WIP