Needle Arts with Vision Loss Blog

Need Inspiration or Motivation?

Need Inspiration or Motivation?

Stitching for most everyone, beginner or not, vision or not. Especially for those parents and individuals looking for resources to inspire what to do to occupy their time, hands, nerves, thoughts or to express their feelings of this season of time in our world through...

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What to Think, Do or Feel?

What to Think, Do or Feel?

During this season where the whole world is being asked to stay in place at their homes some may be saying what shall I do? Others, how am I feeling about this? Or, what am I thinking about this? For myself, I have been flitting between virtually staying in contact...

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Discovery: Lumenaris for Needle Felting Projects

Discovery: Lumenaris for Needle Felting Projects

It is always fun to discover a new resource to help with a Needle Arts project! At a sewing and craft show I discovered Lumenaris, www.lumenaris.com, with their vast array of colors, shapes and sizes of pre-cut wool felt pieces. Useful, if folk don’t want to cut wool...

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2017 Spring/Summer Fashion

2017 Spring/Summer Fashion

Spring gardens are definitely reflected in this season’s fashion prints, colors and textiles. There is something to be found for whatever style desired; especially in classic, bohemian, retro 1950’s to 1980’s and Asian Indian influences. Any needle artist who can do...

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Q & A: How does one non-visually trim a hem allowance evenly?

Q & A: How does one non-visually trim a hem allowance evenly?

Templates are the key. First someone has to measure the hem length up from the floor and pin the hem in place. Decide what width of hem is needed, then cut a template out of lightweight cardboard. I use cardboard from the back of note pads or packaging. Use a paper...

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Knitting Project Update: Fitting + Threading Cording

Knitting Project Update: Fitting + Threading Cording

My sweater is coming along. I will share more adaptive techniques in this blog post and future ones as I let you journey through the process of this sweater with me. For me the slow knitter, I have decided to knit the whole sweater body in the round utilizing a few...

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Knitting without Sight

Knitting without Sight

Many knitters knit without looking while conversing with others and may not think about that fact. When I point this out to sighted knitters they then realize, yes; they do knit often without looking. Here are ideas to make it easier to knit with vision loss....

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More Inspiration for Needle Arts

More Inspiration for Needle Arts

My favorite Needle Arts magazines is "Threads" published by Taunton Press. After I shared about Petersham ribbon last week I received the April/May 2016 "Threads" with a inspiring article sharing more uses for the ribbon. "Threads" phone number is 203-426-8171. Count...

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Inspiring Resources

Inspiring Resources

Ribbonerie at 3695 Sacramento St. in San Francisco is one of my favorite places for a varied selection of beautiful ribbon. Paulette, the owner, has ribbon of all types and colors displayed in vintage ribbon display cabinets, shelves and baskets. Amongst these...

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Reorganizing Needle Arts/Sewing Space

Reorganizing Needle Arts/Sewing Space

If you have read my books or taken my classes, you will know that I stress the importance of organization and things having a home. Check out the Getting Started or Appendix sections on organization in my books for more details. Recently, I rethought my Needle...

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