Monday, October 22, 2018

😐 Out of Action 😐

First of all - do you remember the Blue Birds?



After leaving my frame, they flew back to Nicola Jarvis, were mounted into in beautiful pillow and then toured the UK as part of Nicola's 'Art of Embroidery' exhibition.
About 6 months ago, Nicola contacted me to say she would be bringing the pillow back for me when she was coming to Adelaide for Beating Around the Bush in October. Now that was a surprise. When I originally embroidered the piece it never for a moment occurred to me that I would be getting the pillow back once the birdies had finished fluttering around on show!


I love to embroider, but I have very little embroidery on show in my house. Once I finish something, it usually ends up in a cupboard or drawer, only to be brought out when needed for classes. This is such a pretty design, so I thought it would be a shame for it not to be on show. Instead of having it returned to me, I suggested it be auctioned off at the Beating Around the Bush Gala Dinner and the proceeds go to charity. That way the cushion was sure to go to a good home where it would be treasured and funds raised go to a good cause.
I want to sincerely thank the bidder who is now providing a loving home for the Blue Bird pillow and by that enabling us to forward a very generous donation to The Smith Family. Sadly (due to what comes next...) I was not able to be at the Gala Dinner to thank you in person.

The Smith Family is a children's charity helping disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.

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With teaching trips to Thailand and Europe, followed by Beating Around the Bush here in Adelaide in early October, I have been rather busy for the past few months . All of it was fabulous, I love teaching, I love meeting people from all over the place, but I was also starting to look forward to a  bit of 'time-out'.
One of the best ways for me to unwind is to go bush and we had planned a driving trip to the Gawler Ranges - well, things didn't quite go to plan.
Midway through Beating Around the Bush, my back/neck gave in. At first I thought I had just pulled or strained a muscle or something like that, but it turns out I did a really good job of it this time!
Verdict: herniated disc in my neck. Result: pain, numb fingers, more pain, sore arm, more pain, no stitching! (what!!!), more pain, no computer.. (well, minimal)

In short it is a Pain In The Neck in more ways than one and not exactly the kind of Time-Out I had been looking forward to!!!!
For now it is rest, wait and see. I will be getting a steroid injection into my neck this coming Friday and fingers crossed it will help. After that it is still a case of taking it easy, letting it heal, and lots of therapy. I will be looking at getting back into exercise to strengthen the muscles so it doesn't happen again... for goodness me, I have never been in so much pain!

Until then, the projects I was looking forward to stitch:


... a new crewel design for the SA Embroiderer's Guild summer school in January, and


..this little fellow: 'It's a Juggle' will be my next stumpwork little person.
It seems like forever since I last stitched a little person, and I am more than itching to embroider this one. - but for now
I am out of Action...!

Best Stitches,
Anna xx

15 comments:

  1. The crewel design is beautiful! You must be itching to stitch it.
    So sorry about your injury. Take good care and I hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Thanks Lyn, yes I was really looking forward to getting stuck into that one.
      Anna x

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  2. The crewel design is absolutely gorgeous, Anna, I love seeing your work!
    But I'm sorry to read about your injury, so take very good care for yourself and I wish you a good recovery!
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Thanks Ilona, yes I hope it gets better quickly. I am so very VERY bad at doing nothing.
      Anna x

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  3. Oh dear! So sorry to hear about your pains! Take care of you! Rest, rest and rest again.
    Are you using a collar, to prevent sudden movements? Your projects are beautiful but I guess you must not began them before you feel better - I know how frustating that is - my left hand "sleeps" and sore arm many times (some times both!) Be careful. Hope you feel better soon - you are a young woman !

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    1. Thank you Meri - it will take time I know and I am terribly impatient.
      Anna xx

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  4. So sorry to hear of your neck problems. As a long time sufferer of neck/shoulder/arm pain I sympathise and empathise. Do take time to recover and rest even though you are impatient to get on with your gorgeous work.

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    1. Thanks Christina - I am so bad a sitting idle but I don't have much choice I am afraid. I am looking forward to start treatment as soon as the worse as subsided.

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  5. Oh Anna, how awful for you. I do hope your recovery will be rapid and complete in a very short time.

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  6. Oh poor you ! Hope you feel better very soon . Debbie xxx

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    1. Thanks Debbie. It makes me realise how much I have taken mobility or granted and making me determined to look after myself better from now on.
      Anna xx

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear about your Pain in the neck! It is so difficult to not be able to do what you love to do... and be forced to wait and wait Patient-ly! I send you wishes for lots Patience and I hope you will be able to spend some time on sketching future projects. Sometimes Rest is required!

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    1. I suspect it is my body's way of screaming 'time-out' but it I wish it wasn't in such a drastic way LOL. It is what it is and it is forcing me to be patient and take each day as it comes instead of racing through at a million miles an hour.

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  8. Ah, I was hoping I would find out what was ailing you. I missed this post, so didn't know what was going on... Herniated disc... Sigh.... Well, I hope it heals soon. I read an article today about a team of doctors who have had success with spinal injuries and electrical stimulation: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/31/paralysed-men-can-stand-and-walk-after-electrical-stimulation

    I believe that we are on the cusp of great new treatments in many areas of medicine, but are not quite there yet... Meanwhile, I wonder if acupuncture would help...

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