May 13, 2020
This month we explored the art of knitting. We discussed different types of knitting, how to choose a beginner project, and yarn and needle choice.
- Stitch Stoppers from Amazon - place on tip of knitting needles to keep stitches secure
- Point Protectors from Amazon - place on tip of knitting needles to keep stitches secure
- Large Print and Braille Knitting Patterns from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Braille and Audio Knitting and Crochet Pattern Books on BARD
- Knit-Chek Needle Gauge from Amazon - tool to measure knitting needle size
- Getting Started - Knitting Resources for Blind and Low-Vision Knitters
- Learn to Knit by Touch from Lion Brand
- Lynn Jensen's Top 30 tips For Knitter's Who Are Blind Or Partially Sighted from CNIB
- Kollage Needle Shop online store for buying square knitting needles
- GoodKnit Kisses website for buying supplies
April 8, 2020
We shared tips, plus adaptations for people with vision loss, that every beginner needs to know to begin crafting handmade jewelry. From picking your first type of jewelry, to mastering a few basic skills, this chat offered inspiration and the know-how to launch your next hobby!
- Big Eye Beading Needle from Amazon
- Fireline Beaded Braiding Thread from Amazon
- Bracelet Beading Memory Wire from Amazon
- Elegant Insights Braille Jewelry
- Ottlite 3x and 6x LED Magnifier Lamp with Base from Joann
- Jewelry making supplies and tools from Fire Mountain Gems
- Jewelry Making Journal: Disabilities & Jewelry Making blog
- Memory Wire Jewelry Making for Visually Impaired Artist with Fine Motor Difficulty from Jewelry Making Journal
- Beadwork After Vision Loss from VisionAware
- Jewelry Wire Types from The Spruce Crafts
- Free Jewelry-Making Instructions from Fire Mountain Gems
March 11, 2020
This month we shared our love of quilting, including tips on picking the right fabric, tools and techniques to make this favorite pastime accessible with a vision loss.
February 12, 2020
This month we welcomed internationally acclaimed painter, muralist and author John Bramblitt, whose career emerged after losing his sight. Among his many accolades, John has received three Presidential Service Awards for his innovative art workshops that share adaptive techniques for people with vision loss.
January 8, 2020
This month we welcomed crochet enthusiast Deborah DeBord. Deborah has been a fiber lover for decades and shared her journey through yarn with us, as well as offered practical advice for blind and visually impaired crocheters.
Crochet and Needlework Books:
- Simple Crochet, DB58709 by Erika Knight.
- Hello, Crochet Friends!: Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happy, DB96227 by Jonah Larson and Jennifer Larson.
- Crocheting in Plain English, DB54350 by Maggie Righetti.
- Woman's Day Book of American Needlework, DB16691 by Rose Wilder Lane
December 11, 2019
Mixed media is a unique way to express yourself through a variety of techniques. This month we shared our ideas on this art form, exploring textures, mediums, surfaces and materials. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a beginner, this was a great discussion to get inspiration.
November 13, 2019
This month we got a head start on the gift-giving season by sharing our ideas for creating handmade holiday gifts. The group shared past and present creations and found inspiration from fellow crafters.
- Instructions for Coasters and Chai Tea Latte Mix (Word document)
October 9, 2019
What do wooden pens, table legs and candle sticks have in common? These items can all be made using woodturning. This month our woodturning friends shared their knowledge about this fascinating craft.
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