I've been working with my energy recently, meeting weekly with a friend who's been reading my chakras. It has been quite illuminating.
A couple weeks ago in meditation, I had a vision of my lower chakras -- the root chakra (red), the sacral chakra (orange), and the solar plexus chakra (yellow) -- as being a cauldron heating my energy and sending it up into my heart chakra (green). My opening heart was sending energy up into the throat chakra (turquoise/blue), the third eye chakra (indigo), and the crown chakra (purple), with energy also streaming down from my crown to my heart. The resulting stitched piece, surrounded by squares of white/ivory fabrics representing white light, is the manifestation of my vision.
I had zero problems with my hands during the production of Energy Rising. I've been using this arnica oil two to three times a day when I'm stitching or otherwise using my hands intensely, and I swear it works.
Energy Rising is composed of 115 inch-and-a-half squares of cotton fabrics (and a few pieces of silk), and measures 8 x 36 inches.
So...I guess I need to begin soon on that appliqued tree I mentioned a couple weeks ago.
Hope you all have a lovely summer weekend. Blessings.