this post. But keep at it and progress is made. I'm over half way on my skirt.
Thanks to advice from Margaret, I'm not using a ball point pen to trace the pattern. I experimented with different pencils until I found one that showed up better than the first one I used. I trace out one complete pattern repeat at a time. I'm on the fourth one out of six.
I don't know if there's such a term a 'embroiderer's finger, but I have it
superglue might help, but it doesn't bother me that much.