Getting back on my feet and feeling almost human again!

Well it’s been exactly 5 weeks since I had my operation and I am finally feeling well enough to start thinking about working again. For the first 2 weeks it was as much as I could do to get up, shower and get dressed (and then I would have to go for a lie down!). Weeks 3 and 4 have seen a small improvement every day and I can now sit comfortably for sensible periods of time so I am able to start working on the computer again – hence this update!

I hadn’t realized how much I use my stomach muscles just for sitting and standing. Until they were cut and stitched back together that is!

Whilst I have been recovering I have not been idle; I did manage a few small sketches of the nurses in the Hospital in my new A5 sketchbook that I am hoping to carry with me from now on. I also took some knitting in with me (not something I am particularly good at but it is portable and kept me occupied). I also finally learnt to crochet which is something I have never been able to do! I am trying very hard not to spend too much time on this as I have far too much coursework to catch up on!

My wonderful partner brought me a tapestry loom and some yarn for Christmas so I am really looking forward to the weaving section of the course; once I am up to warping it up. I have also been saving up some coloured plastic bags, bubble wrap etc. to try out. He also gave me a peg loom so I am also looking forward to trying that out. My Mum has one and loves it so I thought I would give it a try!

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About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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