resources created just for you!

over the years i have gathered these resources for you to benefit from!

daily living skills

 Adaptive blind techniques in Daily Living Skills, Tech, etc. Information written for and by the Blind and Visually Impaired in Braille, audible, large print, digital and email formats. Subscribe to: Blindskills, Inc.,

Phone 503-581-4224

American Printing House

American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort, Louisville, KY 40206, Phone 800-223-1839, For: Braille measuring tools including 12-inch ruler with slide, 4-track cassette recorder; Braillable labels & sheets; “Wikki Stixs”; Braille/print writing and tactile drawing materials.

American Thermoform Corp

American Thermoform Corp, 1758 Brackett Street, La Verne, CA 91750-8001, Phone 909-593-6711, For: Braillable labels, Braille and thermoform paper.


Annie’s, 1 Annie Lane, Big Sandy, TX 75755, Phone 800-582-6643, 

Sewing notions and ironing tools here!

Automotive supply store

Automotive supply store, for: magnetic tray to contain supplies.


For: “Sweet Dreams Mask” blindfold that is soft, good coverage and washable.

En-Vision America, Inc.

Phone 800-890-1180.

For: ID Mate and accessories for Bar code labeling.

fabric stores local to sf

Stone Mountain & Daughter (Shireen’s preferred choice, great customer service, great fabric in addition to good sewing classes and mail order), 2516 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, Phone 510-845-610. 

Discount Fabrics

Phone 510-548-2981 For: great prices on silks, upholstery weight fabrics in addition to other fabrics. Several locations also in San Francisco.

JoAnne Fabrics & Crafts

For: craft and basic sewing supplies.  Phone 510-525-2898

The Cotton Patch

1025 Brown Ave., Lafayette, CA 94549, Phone 925-284-1177. For: sewing, cotton fabrics or quilting needs and Bernina sewing machine servicing.

Laci’s, Store & Museum of Lace

2982 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703, Phone 510-843-7290 or 510-843-7178. They mail order supplies. This is one of my favorite stores; great for every type of Needle Art including Braided Rugs and historical costume supplies. Supplies such as: bent tip needles; needle threaders -Aluminum egg or guitar-shaped handle with 1-inch loop plus other types; “Third Hand”; Beeswax; thimbles- Clover Natural Fit Leather Thimble; braided rug clap and needles.


Gingher Scissors, (To sharpen, send a check for $7.50 with each pair of scissors to Gingher, Inc., 322-D Edwardia Dr., Greensboro, NC 27409, Phone 800-776-6938.) The scissors I use: G-8KC kitchen shears, G-8 8-inch knife edge bent trimmer, G-8Z 8-inch knife serrated edge bent trimmer, G-6 6-inch bent trimmers, G-4014 4-inch large handle embroidery, G-4KE 4-inch embroidery sewing, G-4W 4-inch weavers, G-4 4-inch knife edge sewing, G-6R appliqué. Hardware store for: ironing supplies; soft board 36-inch x 18-inch or larger (e.g. particle board).

 Independent Living Aids

P O Box 9022, Hicksville, NY, 11802-9022, Phone 800-537-2118. For: Labeling supplies- Spotters, Loc-dots, Small Transparent Bump-ons or 3-D paint, Disk labels, 1 and 2-inch rectangular Braille labels, 4-inch x 4-inch CD labels, freezer labels, Braillable labels; Braille numbers & letters, Color Clothes Braille Markers, Talking Color ID, Color Teller; Pocket size talking Calculator; talking tape measure #756565; writing guides; single line slate & styli and recording devices.

Pharmacy for:

Medicine bottles to hold threads matching spools and bobbins together, 1/2-inch straight edged heavy-duty medical adhesive tape. This is to make the guide tape on the machine for seam allowances; preferable over the plastic adhesive labeling tape from the office supply store.

 Levine Brothers

Safety pins in Bulk #1, #2, and #3 closed (for markings) from: Levine Brothers (tailoring supplies), Phone 818-980-3666.

Sewing Machine Shop, 1661 Botelho Dr. Suite 180, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, Phone 925-937-7575. They sell and service sewing machines. Talk with Dan, the owner, who I have worked with over the years.

Sue’s Sparklers

136 S. Juniper St., Escondido, CA 92025, Phone 888-999-0408.

 For: crystal and lightweight aluminum decorative iron-on decals of the alphabet and designs could be used for labeling.

Wawak Sewing

For: 4-inch-looped-needle-threader item #NETH103, YKK zippers, threads along with other sewing or fabric care needs.
Phone 1-800-654-2235.

Ca Braille & Talking Book Library

P.O. Box 942837 Sacramento, CA 94237-0001 Phone 916-654-0640. Fax: 916-654-1119. For: braille, audible books, large print, on-line books; has magazines with Needle Arts info and projects in Braille and/ audio such as: “Martha Stewart Living” in Braille.


Adaptive blind techniques in Daily Living Skills, Tech, etc. Information written for and by the Blind and Visually Impaired in Braille, audible, large print, digital and email formats. Subscribe to: Blindskills, Inc., Phone 503-581-4224.

“Fabric Savvy”

And “More Fabric Savvy”, by Sandra Betzina. Published by The Taunton Press, Inc., 63 South Main Street, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506. Email:


“Felt So Good”, Martha Stewart Living Magazine, September 2009, page 138.

“Martha Stewart Living Magazine”, available in Braille through Talking Book Library. Contains organization and home craft ideas.


Indygo Junction’s Needle Felting: 22 Stylish Projects for Home & Fashion, by Amy Barickman. C&T Publishing, Inc., Lafayette, CA, 2006.

Laci’s Museum Newsletter

A free newsletter from Laci’s store and museum 2982 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703, Phone 510-843-7290.

Learning Ally

(Formerly Recording for the Blind), National Headquarters, 20 Roszel Road, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540, Phone 866-732-3585, Northern California location- 2445 Faber Place, Suite 103, Palo Alto, CA 94303, Toll Free Phone 866-493-3717. Audio books and textbooks below.

National Library Service for the Blind

Library of Congress, Washington D.C. 20542, Phone 202-707-5100. Free library program of Braille and audio materials-“Talking Book Library”.

needle felting

“Needle Felting 101″, Sew Stylish Magazine, Holiday 2007, page 56.

“Needle Felting without Wool, Create One-of-a-Kind Textures on Silk Fabrics”, Threads Magazine, #144, August/September 2009,       Page 26-29.

 Perkins School for the Blind

For: Braille paper, Brailler, slate, stylus.

Rag Rugs

Techniques in Contemporary Craft Projects by Juju Vail, A Quintet Book of Charwell Books, New Jersey, 1997.

“Real Simple”

A magazine full of ideas for organization, efficient living/craft projects, Order Phone 800-795-2781 or at local bookstore.

Recorded Periodicals

Division of Associated Services for the Blind, 919 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107,                Phone 215-627-0600 X 208.

Sewing resource

So What about Sewing, by Adele Brown, Catholic Guild for the Blind, 180 N. Michigan, suite 1720, Chicago, Ill. 60601, Phone 312-236-8569.


“Teaching Sewing Machine Tension Concepts to Blind and Sighted Students” by Nora M. MacDonald, Mary Ann Manning, and Mark D. Souther from Home Economics Research Journal Vol. 14, No. 1, September 1985.

Pages 74-79.


 A magazine; if only one Needle Arts magazine can be bought, this is my favorite. To subscribe, Phone 800-477-8727.

The Taunton Press, 63 South Main St., PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470.