Well, it's very late and once again I'm up late like a night owl. My Sweetie is working nights, so since I cannot sleep, I'll have to get some of my 'creative' work underway. In one cluttered corner of my sewing room I've got fabric ready to be cut into an apron. But what has been holding me hostage are my constant efforts at learning to needle tat. I've searched for any youtube video on needle tatting, but alas, could not find even a single one. All the videos I found are for shuttle tatting. I would like to learn that as well, but for now, I want to tat with a needle. It's not hard actually, as it involves only one basic stitch. But then you have to learn now to form rings and chains, and that is where it gets challenging. Here's one of the videos on shuttle tatting:
I honestly don't want to sound as though I'm making excuses for myself, but I can truthfully say that ever since I underwent the craniotomy years ago on the right side of my brain, my left hand has a little bit of a hard time feeling certain textures. It feels as though there is a blockage of sorts that won't allow a complete 'connection' in sensing like I used to. For example, if I close my eyes and a coin is put before me, I can fully sense what it is with my right hand. If I feel it with my left hand, I can feel most all about the coin, but I would not be able to have a complete tactile experience. There would be elements about the coin that would be lost on me. I might know that it's a coin, but not certain about the type of coin. So with tatting, for example, the ease and fluidity of the thread on my left hand becomes a jumbled mess of string. I might have a few seconds where I have to 'figure out' how to manipulate the thread for my brain to comprehend completely what I'm doing. That is why I love needlework. It forces me to use both hands and brain and to continually use those nerve endings which may have been compromised. For some reason, knitting and crochet have never been a problem. I suppose because for the most part, the right hand does most of the work. In needle tatting, both hands must manipulate the thread and needle. In any case, it's always good to learn something new, especially when you're my age. Must keep those brain cells working!
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~