Problem-solving – Time to Cut the Snowflakes

It’s time…time to cut the snowflakes. I started even earlier than normal this year; I want to have 100 ready to place on my windowpanes by December 1st. My problem is one of my fingers has become a trigger finger. According to the Mayo clinic…”Trigger finger is a condition in which one of your fingers gets stuck in a bent position. Your finger may bend or straighten with a snap — like a trigger being pulled and released.”

I have found the description to be true of my finger. I can still use my hand, but the finger will become stuck in a bent position without warning. Just like every other physical limitation in life you learn to adapt to what ails you. I’ve found that I need to pace myself where repetitive hand movement is concerned, so instead of cutting several snowflakes each day, I will cut one or two. It’s working for me so far.

Stretching the finger in the opposite direction seems to help me out. For some people the condition can be severe and surgical intervention might be needed.

Exercises for stretching a trigger finger. I have found the finger extensor stretch has worked well for me.

Here’s a Youtube video with easy to follow instructions for cutting paper snowflakes.

15 thoughts on “Problem-solving – Time to Cut the Snowflakes

  1. Kathy
    I am sorry to hear about the trigger finger. Glad you are moving forward in spite of this.
    I can understand this- ever since I started crocheting, I have had severe pain ( akin to carpel tunnel syndrome of my left hand). Some days its worse than the others. I would like to see the final snowflakes when you put them up on your window panes.

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  2. That’s too bad that you are struggling to do a fun project because of your trigger finger. I hope you can finish with little pain. My dad had a trigger finger. He was a dentist, and he said it was embarrassing to try to put down an instrument and have to get help from the other hand.

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  3. I just had surgery last week for trigger finger on my thumb and ring finger on my right hand. The incisions are healing nicely, but still very tender. It really does limit my crafting, though. I hope you’re able to get all those snowflakes done without too much pain.

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    1. Timelesslady

      I hope you heal quickly Candice. My trigger finger is my right middle finger. It is like yours and limits crafting. I think floral design work, wiring flowers,etc. contributed to mine.

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  4. my fave scissors are small fiskars, microtip that you squeeze with whole hand not using fingers.

    Just grip and squeeze. Got mine at Joann Fabrics. Your snowflake idea is so fun. We have had lots of snow already and more last night.
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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    1. Timelesslady

      One tip I’ve shared in the past, but didn’t include on this post is to iron them between wax paper…at least I don’t think I mentioned it…maybe I did…but anyway…the was paper creates a barrier from the condensation that forms on the windows if you live in a cold area. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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