I have an arsenal of products that when used religiously help keep my hands fairly happy.
Last week I stuffed a bunch of cushions with dacron-wrapped foam inserts. I used to make cushions by the thousands but gave it up when my hands were so over-used that they no longer had the strength to do the stuffing. Occasionally I make an exception. By the time I finished stuffing the fifth cushion, my hands hurt so badly I could barely hold my keys to get out the door.
Even worse, the dacron threatened to rip my skin to shreds. Using a glove makes me so clumsy that it's not an option. Instead, before I started stuffing each cushion, I slathered my hands with lanolin. Head for your local annual Sheep and Wool Festival and stock up on this stuff. Lanolin is secreted by the sheep's skin as protection
against its harsh environment. It is waxy and not oily. I would not use it when working with any delicate fabric, because I'm not certain that it would not leave a stain, but with this sturdy ottoman weave cotton, I tested and found that it was safe. It protected my hands from the wiry dacron and I was able to finish the job with my hands intact.
I had been building up the space between kick pleats on a board to even out the top.