Occupational therapy. Not.

You’ll remember how I recently raved on about Solveig in Norway and her wonderful crochet ideas? I was eager to make a lampshade like she does, using an old frame and a shell stitch pattern. I’ve covered a lampshade before, but I made the cover separately and then fitted it on afterwards.

It seemed to work well, but I thought perhaps Solveig’s method would work just as well, if not better, and be more professional. It occurred to me that it might occasionally be awkward to work directly onto the frame, but I figured if she could do it, so could I.

All I can now say is that Solveig must have a zillion times more patience than I do, and maybe smaller hands. And a bigger lap. It’s a real flipping mission to get the angle of the thing right as you go round, balancing it on your lap at the same time. I have tried doing it leaning far back, then leaning far forward, propping the frame against a small table, even tried holding it sideways. Aargh. Nothing is comfortable and it makes for very very slow work. It has taken me two entire evenings to get this far:

At this rate, it might not even be finished by Chanukah, let alone Christmas. I will finish it, and I’m sure I will be pleased with the result, but those other old frames lying in the garage waiting to be covered…? — they are definitely getting the Jill-quickest-way-possible-Goldberg treatment. And I bet no-one will be able to tell the difference. (Except Solveig!)

To be continued…

8 thoughts on “Occupational therapy. Not.

  1. Patch

    It maybe tricky but it is already looking amazing. I would never have thought to do it straight onto the frame. Think you might need to take your time with this one as its so awkward.

  2. tgonzales

    BWAHAHAHAHA I can just see you trying so hard to balance that frame all different ways and NO you won’t give up until you have it done and you will love it. Although I bet you will love the other frames that you cover your own way just as much. Thanks for sharing and makin me laugh.

    Love, Tamara

  3. rowena

    Maybe it is just a test of patience – the winter nights are long and dark in Norway! But its’s looking good, and I want to see it when it’s finished!


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