Monday, November 19, 2012

Goodbye, Commissions

Well, it's come time for me to close up shop. I've been doing costume commission work for almost 11 years now, but I just can't do it anymore. Not with sewing anyway.

I noticed earlier this year that my hands were starting to hurt when I was cutting out fabric. I largely ignored it and kept plugging right along, but after TrekCon, I took a break and let my hands get their mojo back while focusing on schoolwork. But I eventually did start sewing again, and there was that same pain all over again. It's not carpel tunnel, as many have suggested, as I'm fine when I type, or sculpt, or do other things, but feels more like pinched nerves along the outside edges of my fingers. I don't know what could have caused it, and it's slowed my production time waaaaay down. (You may have noticed many of the projects that I post about taking a lot longer than usual.) What used to take me a matter of days or weeks, is now stretched out to months of work.

So, I'm closing up shop. I can't offer good turn-around times anymore, so it's for the best. I'll keep sewing for myself, as I usually don't set deadlines for myself (and if I do, then they're waaaay in the future), and posting about my projects here, so the blog will live on, but I just won't take costume orders anymore.


  1. I am sorry to hear about this, though I understand how you feel. It is hard to meet deadlines when you are in pain. Best of luck with all your future sewing projects.

  2. The same thing happened to my mother in her thumbs (turns out from performing repetitive actions at work). It was just tendonitis for her, but a severe case of it, to the point where a cyst developed in her wrist. (She was very depressed to have to keep the quilting down to a minimum). I hope you can still do what you love by taking it at your own pace.