Barta, Editor of Beadwork magazine, suggests:
beading, typing, and carrying around a toddler, my wrists and hands constantly
suffer from overuse. Luckily, I found thin and stretchy fingerless gloves at a
bead show several years ago that sometimes help while beading. My husband
highly advises against me wearing them in public, but surely other beaders
understand! There are several styles sold as "crafting gloves" and I
recommend the most streamlined styles without any metal/plastic supports or
thick wrist bands. See my pair in Beadwork's
funny video, Stuff Beaders Say, which are very similar to the 'Thergonomic
Hand-Aids' by the Frank A. Edmunds needlework company."
Danielle Fox, Editorial Director of the Interweave Bead Group, shares this:
a poster child for bad beading habits. I tend to sit cross-legged on the
sofa, hunched over the bead board on my lap, until my legs fall asleep and get
tingly and my back aches when I try to sit up straight! The thing I have done to
be more ergonomic, though, is purchase ergonomic beading pliers. I absolutely
love my Lindstrom Rx ergonomic pliers, which I lauded in my last blog post, Inside an Editor's Toolbox: 5 Must-Have Tools."
editor (and currently the senior editor) of Beadwork magazine, advises:
"I did a Stitch Pro article in June/July 2011 that lists several
ways to bead faster, a few of which are ergonomic, too: Use shorter thread,
bead closer to your body, keep your space clean and organized. I'd also add the
obvious: use good lighting, sit in a comfortable chair, and for goodness sakes,
get out of that chair at least once an hour to stretch, run up and down the
steps, or at least go get some chocolate."
Denise Peck, Editor in Chief of Step by Step Wire Jewelry, adds:
matter how careful I am, something always ends up aching. I've found the best
thing to do is to stand up every hour and use an exercise stretch band for a
few stretches and twists. The one that does the most for me is holding the band
in your right hand, overhead, draped down your back. Grab the other end behind
your back with the left hand, and stretch! Feels fantastic in your shoulder
Jennifer VanBenschoten, Editor of BeadingDaily.com, recommends:
"Since I'm big into yoga, I found a way to use a simple yoga
stretch during a long day of beading. About every hour and a half (or when my
shoulders, back, and neck are telling me otherwise), I'll stand up straight in
Mountain Pose. (Basically, just stand up straight, feet about hip-width apart,
shoulders slightly back.) Take a deep breath in, and from your sides, raise
both arms over your head until your palms touch, stretching your torso gently.
Breathe out, and lower your arms back to your sides. Repeat two or three times.
Then stretch each arm individually: breathe in, stretch your right arm straight
up and lean slightly over to the left. Breathe out, straighten up, and lower
your arm back to your side. Repeat on both sides two or three times. It really
does the trick when I need a quick stretching break!"