I truly love to tat and spend as much free time as possible tatting. But I have found that too much tatting can cause aches and pains. My main complaint is my left arm and elbow. When I reach out and try to grab something (like my son's hand), my elbow hurts, almost like tennis elbow. A nurse friend of mine said she thinks it's a repetitive motion injury from moving the fingers in my left hand to flip the stitches when tatting. Does anyone else out in blog-land suffer from this? Does anyone have a cure? Should I take up knitting or crochet to strengthen other muscles in my hands and arms? Tatting is the only needlework I do. My arm gets better when I take a couple days off from tatting. I've also found that swimming the breast stroke with just my arms (no kicking) helps keep the ache away. If anyone can give me a magic bullet to tat pain free, I would be able to produce more treasures like this:
Design my Jane McLellan, thread Rainbow-licious byTatilicious
Doily X by Jan Stawasz, thread Aunt Lydia ecru and Lizbeth Garnet, both size 20
These are two projects that I've previously posted as WIPS that are now complete.