A few weeks ago, I did a posted some Tips for Healthy Beading and discussed ways for beaders to bead longer and stronger. My crafty grandma found another way. She creates amazing cross-stitch pictures, but has experienced some problems with her arthritis. Her friend (a quilter) recommended Thergonomic Hand-Aids, and I gave them a whirl while working on a beading project at her house. I was really skeptical at first, so I tried an experiment. I put a glove on my working hand, and left the other one off. My non-working hand seemed to cramp/feel stiff way before my working hand. Over a course of 3 days, I tested the gloves during different beading sessions always leaving one off for comparison.
My conclusion: They really work, and a pretty good deal with a price point of $10-$15! I received my own pair from Grandma, and the package gave some insight into why they work so well:
- Heat– generated by the body is contained within the tightly knit fabric. Heat helps stimulate circulation.
- Support– what support hose do for the legs, Thergonomic gloves do for the hands and wrists. Leaves fingers free for full sensation and dexterity.
- Massage– gentle rubbing action of the fabric occurs during normal activity. The more activity, the more massage.
Here are the beaded pillows I made when I was testing out the gloves. I did both beading and sewing during the tests.
I agree with the first 2 points, but I’m not sure how much massaging action was really generated. The gloves are machine washable, and you can also wear them inside out if the seam bothers you. There is a size guide on the outside of the package to make sure the gloves you buy fit properly. I think I’m going to start wearing them when I type as well. I should also mention that I was not paid by anyone to endorse this product, I just write about things that I think my readers can benefit from. My grandma bought them from Hobby Lobby, but if you are an online shopper, just do a quick search. I found many sites them sell them online.
What do you think? Do you wear any type of glove to relieve pain from repetitive tasks like beading? Do wear fingerless gloves for warmth? Please share with us in the comments!