January 29, 2014: Running Out of Fingers

Today marks two months since I began this project.  I'm getting better and working each day's work on time, rather than letting the days pile up.

It's true that we are 'fearfully and wonderfully made' (Psalm 139:14); in real life, our skin generally heals over after being pricked.  Alas, however, my fabric fingers do not; they show every mark -- and after a mere 62 days, I've used up the "usual" spots on one hand where finger-pricks for blood sugar testing would have happened.  I've had to move on to the second hand.  Clearly, before this piece is finished, there will be needle marks all over the two-dimensional hands:

First Hand - January 2014

Second Hand as of January 29, 2014

The "air" (blue) and upper arm work continues apace; you should be able to get a closer view by clicking on the photo:

The silk thread (blue and flesh-coloured) has been a bit of a bear to work with, sliding silently out of the needle's eye when I least expect it, knotting up, splitting...but I've persisted because it gives me the tiny marks I want.  I've taken to praying before I begin stitching each day; blessedly, this seems to work.

I took a step outside my comfort zone this month, and posted a link to this blog on the JDRF Canada Facebook page.  Although no one has stopped to comment as a result (as far as I know), the page views have increased steadily.  I am still thinking about taking the work to the Edmonton Symposium in March...

Thanks for stopping by...pause now to remember someone you know who is dependent on insulin for his/her very survival.


  1. I admire you so much for doing this!

  2. stick with it Sweetie, it's going to be a powerful piece