Calling All Crafters!

For our first discussion, we spent some time getting to know each other and finding out what areas of crafting interest you.

June 12, 2019

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Crafting Discussion Group – Calling All Crafters!

Presented by Leeanne Frydrychowicz and Linn Sorge

June 12, 2019

Leeanne: Linn, do you want to go ahead and introduce yourself?

Linn: Sure. I am Linn Sorge. I am an instructor at Hadley and I teach a variety of things.

I teach Intro and Contracted Braille, all of the Braille music courses. I'm teaching out Developing Your Technology Tool Kit, and I'm teaching basic English and typing and keyboarding. So, it's quite a batch of stuff. However, my first set of degrees were in music. So way back many moons ago I was a piano and vocal major, teaching privately and K-12. Then I received my degree in working with visually impaired and totally blind.

I've done lots in the area of technology, so that really helps a lot. I love arts and crafts, artisan stuff. I am a weaver and I have a 40 inch loom sitting in one of my bedrooms which is now my weaving studio. I make placemats, towels, pillows, wall hangings, runners, anything, bags, and it's all done with various patterns. I figured out ways to braille them. I also have made various kinds of beading. I have taught basketry, but not just in and out in and out, but complicated basketry patterns.

So, I've got a wide variety of arts and crafts. I've been very lucky and my weaving has been juried in two shows. So, it's something that I've been at for quite a while. So, I look forward to sharing ideas, coming up with things that might help you. And Leeanne and I have been looking forward to today.

Onward to hearing about Leeanne.

Leeanne: Okay, thank you Linn. My name is Leeanne Frydrychowicz, and I as well has a learning ... Excuse me, I'm a learning expert at Hadley. I teach all of our Braille literacy courses. And I also am teaching out all of the math courses all seven of them. Some of our high school learners are still working on their courses and we do have other students that are still in math that are finishing those courses as well.

What else? Let's see. I am an avid scrapbooker, knitter, quilter, reader. Reader's not really a craft, but for me, those are my passions outside of work and my family. That's what I spend my time doing. I've taught scrapbook classes for many years, both in Arizona when I lived out there and now back in the Chicago area here. Sadly, many of the local scrapbook stores have closed, so therefore, I am no longer teaching, but truly enjoy people sharing their stories and their history through photos, through scrapbooks, through stories.

And then, years ago, I learned to knit, just as I was moving to the desert of Arizona, and I couldn't figure out how to meld knitting and heat. So I ended up making baby blankets, scarves to give as gifts, hats to give as gifts. Because we didn't really need a lot of warm cozy things in the desert. So, that's kind of about me.

We started the group, because as you know, Hadley's going through a lot of changes. And we're trying to create some communities among our learners to connect people with similar interest and to share our knowledge, because we find that although we may know things, there are so many people that just have so much to share, so much knowledge and ideas, troubleshooting.

What I'd like to do first is look into what we want to accomplish is we want to not only share our love of crafting, share with others how to craft as a person with a visual impairment. If you were a crafter, fully sighted and now have lost some vision, you know, how do you make those adjustments? Or if you've never crafted or never learned a certain skill that you wanted to, how do you do that as a visually impaired person?

I will tell you, I'm fully sighted, so I will be learning right along with everybody else. But this is going to be a great forum to learn to share and hopefully grow a great community together. Tell us your name, if you'd like to share what area you're from, what part of the country, you don't have to give very specifics, and you don't have to say that if you don't want to. But maybe just a quick what kind of crafts are you interested in, or if there's something that you want to learn, let us know that so that we can make sure to keep that all in mind.

Okay, so I'm going to unmute as I call on you. So, Ann, whoops. Let's see. Who has the number, the last three, 008, the last three digits of your phone number, could you tell me your name?

Laura: Yes, it's Laura.

Leeanne: Laura, okay.

Laura: I live in the Bay Area, and I actually need a craft to do. I need something to do so I wanted to listen in and get some ideas.

Leeanne: Excellent. Thank you. Okay, next one. Laura, I'm going to mute you again. Okay, Ann Harris, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

Ann Harrison: Okay, I'm Ann Harrison Barnes. I live in Georgia. And my crafting, I was knitting at one point, Leeanne, but I ended up moving from knitting to crochet because I found I could do so much with one set of hooks instead of having so many different needles.

Leeanne: Okay.

Ann Harrison: I'm looking for resources for crochet patterns.

Leeanne: Sure, okay. Okay, thank you. What about, let's see, I have an Eight Bit.

Elizabeth: Hello.

Leeanne: Hello, your name?

Elizabeth: Okay, I don't know if you guys can hear me. I'm Elizabeth from Virginia Beach. And I'm interested in sculpting and sewing.

Leeanne: Okay, so Elizabeth is sculpting and sewing. All right, I'm going to mute you again.

Elizabeth: Thank you.

Leeanne: Okay, I have, it just says Galaxy S10E.

Krista: That's me. I'm Krista. I'm from Wisconsin, and I'm interested in rock painting and scrapbooking.

Leeanne: Okay, thank you. I'm going to go ahead and mute you again. Okay, I have a ... Let's see, I'm so sorry that the names keep jumping around on my screen. So, I'm doing my best to get to everybody. Okay, I have an H-U-A-W-E-I Y7 Prime is how this person's coming up.

Binebi: Yes, this is Binebi.

Leeanne: Okay.

Binebi: From Nigeria.

Leeanne: Oh, wonderful. Well, welcome, and thank you for joining us. Do you craft currently?

Binebi: No, not really. I used to sew before I had a low vision, and it's quite difficult for me to do it now. I also love beads.

Leeanne: Okay, so sewing and beading.

Binebi: Yes.

Leeanne: Okay. Thank you so much.

Binebi: I want to learn more. Thank you.

Leeanne: Sure. Ann McQuaid, I'm going to unmute you now. Ann, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Ann McQuaid: So, I used to do some crafts. I did, macramé was the one I enjoyed the most. I made plant hangers and that kind of thing. And then I did cross stitch. I made hook drags, that just drove me mad. I'm currently not doing any of that. I just find it too challenging. I don't perceive color anymore, so I'm looking to get back into something crafty that I can do.

Leeanne: Okay, thank you. Okay, let's go to Lorraine. I'm going to unmute you.

Lorraine: Hello, can you hear me?

Leeanne: Yes, thank you.

Lorraine: I'm Lorraine, from Maine. And I like to make quilts and I crochet. And hey Linn, I remember you from FTP days, rain pain reindeer. You was a dream weaver.

Linn: That's right. It's great to see you again. I miss some of the fun things on that website.

Lorraine: I go to a few other ones now too, but I've been kind of getting away from the chat sites and trying to either play games or just, oh, you know, I like to just be able to have a discussion on crafts and maybe learn something different or help someone with sewing techniques.

Leeanne: Excellent. Okay. Thank you, Lorraine. Okay, Terry.

Terry: Okay, is that me?

Leeanne: Yes, yes.

Terry: Okay, because there's two of us. There's Terry Powers and then myself. Silver Spring, Maryland, I currently knit, I know how to latch hook, latch hook rug. I tried to learn to crochet, so I'm still trying to learn that. Toying a little bit with the plastic canvassing but would like to have more instruction on that. I've done loom knitting, not the kind of ...

It's like the Knifty Knitter Loom and the rake type, that type of knitting. I would really like to learn also sewing. I did it back at the Maryland School for the Blind many years ago. But I really need to learn to sew by hand but also by machine. I am going to be taking some machine courses. But if anybody has any techniques, as far as like with pattern cuttings or that kind of thing, and also I'd like quilting as well, I'd like to learn that. Thank you.

Leeanne: All right, thank you. Okay, the phone number that ends in 003.

Jeanette: I'm Jeanette. I'm from Massachusetts, and my preferred craft is knitting. What I'm really looking to do is improve some of the techniques that I have not found pretty much anyone that I know who is visually impaired has done a credible job explaining how to do some of the more complicated things. So I'm just kind of looking around for better ways to learn better techniques.

Leeanne: Okay, all right. Thank you. Okay, the phone number that ends in 480.

Deborah: My name is Deborah, and I am in the Phoenix, Arizona area and I just learned loom knitting, but I used to sew, so I'm also interested in quilting, basket making, scrapbooking, and card making, and some pottery.

Leeanne: Okay, thank you so much. Okay, all right. How about Jen?

Jen: Hi, there. I am from Jackson, Michigan, and I just took a knitting class in April and avidly making washcloths, and I would like to someday graduate beyond the washcloth.

Leeanne: Okay, you know, there's nothing wrong with a good knit washcloth, Jen, just saying.

Linn: No, there ain't.

Leeanne: Okay.

Jen: I'm finding all my friends and family feel the same way. And so I keep filling orders.

Leeanne: Yes, they're fantastic. They're fantastic. Okay, thank you, Jen. I will keep looking. Okay, what about phone number that ends in 933.

Jody: Hello there. I'm Jody from New Hampshire and I've done loom knitting and needle knitting, as well as macramé and refinishing furniture and I'd like to learn about weaving and pottery.

Leeanne: Okay, furniture Jody, I remember you. How's that braille reading going?

Jody: Hi. It's going great.

Leeanne: Wonderful, wonderful. Okay, thank you, Jody. All right, the number that ends in 128.

Linda: This is Linda, and I'm from South Texas in Sidney, and I do glass mosaic work. I take flower pots and mosaic it and use grout like you put on your floors, so you make grout and cement them in, and also you make crosses.

Leeanne: Okay, okay, thank you. Mosaic, I'm making a list as we're talking. I'm making a list of everything that everybody's interested in so that we can decide our topics as we move on. Thank you so much. Okay, I have phone number 985. Did I just call on you? I'm so sorry if I did, 985?

Misty Bradley: Yes, this is Misty Bradley and I live in Greensboro, North Carolina. And I do card making. I've been doing it for about two and a half years now. I'm almost totally blind with just a little bit of light perception in my left eye.

Leeanne: Okay.

Misty Bradley: I've been making cards for a little while trying to start a little side business with it, but it hasn't quite been successful yet.

Leeanne: Okay, yeah, it does take time. Okay, thank you so much.

Misty Bradley: Yeah. Thank you.

Leeanne: Okay, I know we've had a couple of Terry's. Terry Powers, have you said your piece yet or no? I'm so sorry.

Terry Powers: No, I got cut off.

Leeanne: Okay. I apologize for that.

Terry Powers: I got cut off so you never heard me.

Leeanne: Okay, I'm glad we can hear you now. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Terry Powers: Okay, I'm Terry Powers. I live in Germantown, Maryland. I'm part of the National Federation of the Blind Crafters Corner for 10 years or more, and I do loom knitting, hand knitting, plastic canvas, and I've attempted crochet and I'd like to get into a beading. My big interest is to get into doing some beading.

Leeanne: Okay.

Terry Powers: I have arthritis, so if anybody's got any techniques for teaching somebody how to use beading tools with arthritis, and how to describe it, that's the hard part is like how to describe, like, how to use pliers when you can't see what the other person is doing.

Leeanne: Right.

Terry Powers: You know what I mean?

Leeanne: Sure, sure. Okay, thank you. Okay, Tina.

Tina: Hi, there. I'm from Denver, Colorado. I work for the Division of Rehab over here and I'm actually sitting here in my office as we speak. So I'm really glad we have this time slot because I have lunch right now.

Leeanne: Oh, perfect.

Tina: So, primarily, I learned to crochet when I was like 14, and have made plenty of afghans and stuff. I learned to knit back in 2004 from the blind knitters list on the internet, which was a phenomenal resource. And for anybody wanting to learn how to knit who reads Braille, I'd highly recommend Barbara Walker's Learn-To-Knit-Afghan Book that's available through the library system NLS. And then you can also purchase a copy from APH, which I did because it was a really cool book.

And it's a nice little one volume book that just describes in words how to do continental style knitting, which is really awesome. Let's see. I really make afghans and blankets and stuff, just because I figure I like to knit and crochet is like a relaxation thing and when I have to count so much stuff that drives me crazy. So, I just do, you know, and I'll tell the person who does washcloths that an afghan is just a really, really, really, really really big washcloth.

Leeanne: There you go.

Tina: I actually started out when I learned to crochet I started out and I accidentally chained 250 stitches and I ended up with something that looked almost like a queen bedspread.

Leeanne: Okay.

Tina: It's my first afghan, it's kind of funny. Let's see. I am interested in several different things. I actually would like to learn how to do macramé, but I can't find any books out there that really described how the knots are done. And I'm kicking myself because I, at one point in time, had a thermoform macramé book a long time ago, but I gave it to a friend of mine and we're not friends anymore, so it's really a bummer. So that's me.

Leeanne: We'll put that on our list. Thank you so much, Tina. Okay, the phone number that ends in 440.

Carol: Okay, can you hear me okay?

Leeanne: Yes, thank you.

Carol: Okay. I'm Carol from Central Missouri and I have macraméd in the past, and I've also done latch hooking in the past and pottery in the past and right now, my big thing is crochet and I have made afghans for, it seems like everybody in the universe, and I would like to learn how to knit.

Leeanne: Okay, thank you so much. All right. Next one, Lisa.

Lisa: Oh, hi. I had to unmute myself. Hi, everybody. It's Lisa from Orlando. Sorry about that. I am trained as a costume designer and I am now starting to get back into making my own clothes. The new thing is I am trying to learn to quilt. So, it's interesting. The other thing I'm starting to do is pottery I'm taking a class to make a garden Totem, so that's kind of fun. If it's an art or a craft, I'm going to try it at some point in my life. So, I'm trying to hone myself down to quilting and clothing design and pottery.

Leeanne: Okay, thank you. All right next on the list is, I'm not sure. I know you told me name, I'm not sure if it's Dina or Deanna.

Deanna: It's Deanna.

Leeanne: Thank you. Okay.

Deanna: I come from a very artistic family. So, I've done a lot of different things. Macramé, knitting, beadwork. I do a little bit of everything. I've sold, I've worked in clay. Most of the time, I'll get excited about something and do it for a while so I have a lot of containers of stuff from over the years. One of the things I like to do is I like to give Christmas presents.

So, sometimes I will bake trays of cookies and breads and things, and I'll make little ornaments or things to go on top of the tray before I wrap it and give it more of a Christmasy look. So I've made sleeves out of candy bars and candy canes with wrapped presents on top. I've made church mice out of felt and candy cane and little blue eyes.

And I've made just a variety of goofy little, they come in handy for like if you're having company, you can make a little favor for the table, or for going to a nursing home or something as part the holiday season, giving a little token gift. I've made beanbags, snowman and filled them up with M&M's. I just like to sit around and come up with new ideas a lot.

Leeanne: Okay. All right. Thank you so much, Deanna. I'm sorry. Did you want to add one more thing there?

Deanna: I just said I'm from Missouri.

Leeanne: Okay. Thank you. Okay, Barbara.

Barbara: Yeah, I'm from the Joplin, Missouri area. I have done loom knitting, enjoy making garden crafts that can go out in the landscape or in the garden. I am losing more vision, so I'm trying to readjust. The loom knitting is causing a lot of stress in my shoulders, so I'm trying to find something that won't stress out my shoulders too bad.

Leeanne: Okay. All right. Thank you so much for sharing. Okay, the phone number that ends in oh, let's see, 681.

Christina S.: My name is Christina Stalls. I live in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, and I go to my local blind association and we have a class on Tuesdays called sensory development. We do crafts, but I don't really like the craft that they do. Sometimes I feel like they're a little bit demeaning and demoralizing and belittling to a person with a vision impairment.

But they're doing the best that they can do. So, I give suggestions, but well, not that I really give suggestions. But sometimes people have given suggestions and they kind of poo poo them and things like that. So, I was just coming on here to see what kind of ideas people are coming up with. I don't really have any ideas. I'm not really a crafter myself, in all honesty.

Leeanne: Okay, well, that's okay. Well, everybody's welcome, and we'll all learn from one another. Thank you for sharing. Okay, let's go to phone number 269.

Macarena: Hi, this is Macarena, I'm from Texas. Can you hear me?

Leeanne: Yes, I can hear you. Thank you.

Macarena: Okay. I'm from South Texas. I'm not an expert in anything, but I like everything. I do like to do little projects maybe for Father's Day, for Mother's Day, little things. Through our church, we do little things like for Mother's Day, we made some hand soaps.

What I really like to do is I'd love to paint. I'm totally blind, but I know how to knit but I'm not an expert. I know how to crotchet, but I'm not an expert. So I just like everything. I enjoy everything. So I'm just here to learn more of what's available, what y'all ladies are doing that I can learn from y'all.

Leeanne: Okay, thank you. All right, let's see phone number that ends in 788.

Mercy: Hello. My name is Mercy, and I'm from Texas. I've done a variety of things in the past. I've done macrame, and about four years ago a friend of mine introduced me to punching cards, you know the different shapes, the hearts and the butterflies and the birds. But as was so captivated by Linn's presentation where she talks about weaving, I would love to learn how to weave and jewelry making, beading.

Leeanne: Okay, thank you, Mercy. Okay, next will be Lisa Salinger.

Lisa Salinger: Okay, I am new to a lot of this in many ways. I just started with Hadley and I am the new Assistive Technology Specialist. So, part of why I'm here is to learn how these discussion groups work and possibly see issues that people have when attending. I'm also here out of personal interest. I'm looking for my perfect craft. I believe it's out there.

I just haven't found it yet. I've done some macramé, and I've done latch hook, and I really enjoyed them both but I found that getting set up, finding patterns with latch hook, getting the colors separated was a time consuming thing, and I had to get help doing that. So I'm looking for something I can do independently from start to finish.

Unfortunately, I find that I am kind of a type A person and it shows up in my crafting. So, I've tried to knit and I knit so tightly that I can't get the second needle in. I have tried a little bit of weaving and I've done lovely hourglass shaped wall hangings. I'm looking more for crafts than art. I don't necessarily want to create. I just want something kind of mindless that I can do while I'm reading.

And my purposes in doing this are A, just for something relaxing to do with my hands, and B, to make something that I can use as gifts, so like, I've kind of ruled out plastic canvas because it's been so saturated, although I enjoy it, and I like the way it looks. So I'm looking for something I can either make as a gift, or if there was a non type A way that I could learn to make like blankets or hats that I could donate for like Linus project or hats for preemies. I don't know the name of that charity, but, you know, just something like that. And I'm from Pennsylvania.

Leeanne: Okay, well, thank you so much, Lisa, and welcome. I've heard good things about you already.

Lisa Salinger: Thank you.

Leeanne: So I'm excited that you're part of our team. Thank you. Okay, next ...

Linn: I'm going to chime in here and say ...

Leeanne: Oh please, yes.

Linn: Help desk is those of you who are Hadley folks, and you're thinking, what about our help desk? This Lisa is going to be the person you will get to work with if you're a screen reader user, if you need help in anything at Hadley with something that you're doing. So, yes. Lisa has helped me already, and I'm one of the instructors.

Leeanne: That's fantastic, Linn. Yeah. I think that there's a lot of questions that come up that are tech related that people don't know always where to turn when it comes to Hadley's content and Hadley's courses. So please call Lisa. Okay, the next person on our list is Liz.

Liz: Hi, can you hear me?

Leeanne: Yes, thank you.

Linn: Yes.

Liz: Hi, I'm Liz from Houston. I've gotten into card making and paper crafting and actually have a little group of about four blind ladies that we've become Stampin' Up! demonstrators. Yeah, we got into that they have, I'm happy to tell anybody about it if anybody wants to chat later, they have a monthly mail out like project box called the Paper Pumpkin, and that's how a few of us started on it, and that gave you everything you needed for the craft.

So you didn't have to go and buy a ton of stuff and it had instructions. It kind of teaches you how to do paper crafting. So, we started there and then now I'm a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, so we've gotten to go to the conferences, and I can even sell products, which I haven't really ventured out into that yet. I've done it just as a hobby.

But you can make it very tactile and non-visual with the die cutting and different textures of paper and things like that. I'd love to get in touch with the lady who is in South Texas that says she does glass mosaics. I'd really be interested in doing mosaics, and I'd like to learn more about pottery. I think I might try to find a pottery or ceramics class to do. So looking forward to networking with everybody.

Leeanne: All right, thank you, Liz. Okay, the phone number that ends in 343.

Ray Wright: Hi, my name is Ray Wright, I think I'm the only guy on this list so far but anyway, I'm from Salt Lake City, Utah, and I'm currently the Wood Shop Instructor here at the Division of Services for the Blind and woodworking is my craft. I have a side business and so I teach how to use a table saw. I am totally blind and the laser is my favorite tool. So I make a lot of pens and bulbs, vases, ice cream scoops and so on so forth.

Leeanne: Okay, thank you, Ray. It's nice to hear a variety of people, people that have really no crafting experience looking to learn up to people that teach and work in the industries. So, I think that it's going to be really nice to learn a lot. Okay, next we have Lynn Schneider.

Lynn Schneider: Hi, this is Lynn from Delaware.

Leeanne: Hi, Lynn.

Lynn Schneider: I just want to say that I have a lot of interests and this group sounds like it's going to be really, really cool. I'm interested in pottery. I've made a lot of stuff, but I don't have a kiln and I don't know where to find one. So my stuff just dries you know, air dries, but I would love to be able to really get into clay in a big way. I'm also interested really, really interested in scents like, making lotions, shampoos, wax melts, and even candles, like all kinds of waxing.

I just love making fragrances, perfumes, all sorts of things. My last thing is, I am really, I would like to get into tactile art. I know that that's been discussed with the die cutting and stuff like that. There's a thing called a Cricut and I was kind of wondering if I could use that. It just sounds like an awesome little machine. But, yeah so I have a lot of different interests, and I think there's nothing like art to help you when you're having a tough time, when you need to get your mind on something different and be creative and so yeah, I'm really, really excited about this group.

Leeanne: Great. Well, thank you, Lynn and I will tell you that a Cricut is a godsend, especially if you have children that need school projects and bulletin boards and posters and things done. It's phenomenal but I use it in my scrapbooking quite a bit. And it's especially for the perfectionist in us, it's a die cutting machine basically, for those of you that have never heard of that and it creates all kinds of fantastic based on the cartridges that you have, all kinds of letters and alphabets and fonts and pictures. There's Disney, there's all kinds. So, it is a fun tool to use, so hopefully we can somehow learn about that as well. So, thank you, Lynn.

Lynn Schneider: Sure.

Leeanne: Okay, next one is going to be phone number 688.

Andy: Hello, my name is Andy. I'm from Charleston, South Carolina. I'm a knitter, a crocheter, and I do a lot of jewelry. The most recent thing that I've been working with it's a Loopity Loop Yarn. I picked it up from my local craft store and been having a lot of fun with it since I've gotten it. So far, I've completed a baby blanket with it and right now, my current project is turning into like a queen size quilt.

Leeanne: Funny how they grow. Okay, thank you so much. Okay, the next one on my list is Eight Bit. I know you told me your name in the past, but I didn't get to put it in there. So I have you listed as Eight Bit.

Elizabeth: Okay, what I'm also interested in, I've heard people speaking about macramé, what is that?

Leeanne: Well, back in the decades ago, it was a way ... It's ropes, there's tying and knotting to create either a wall hanging. I know back in the '70s, I might be dating myself back in the '70s, macramé plant holders were huge, where you would create this almost like a bowl, maybe they're out of yarn or rope to holes and suspend your plant from the ceiling or from a wall and then you would have it as a hanging basket.

Elizabeth: Oh, okay. So what I've also done is I took a pottery class back in March, and I did some pots and then I'm also interested in, I did loom knitting with the hats, and I've done 3D painting, puffy painting and I know some folks that do make cards and crocheting.

Leeanne: Okay. All right, thank you very much. Okay, next I have the person with the phone number ending in 616.

Kayla: Hey, my name is Kayla and I live in Arizona. I primarily crochet, that's like my passion is crochet. But being in Arizona I do not make blankets anymore. So I make a lot of infant hats and I donate them to the American Heart Association. Can you hear me?

Leeanne: Yes, yes, thank you.

Kayla: Yes. Okay. Oh, I want to make sure I wasn't talking to myself.

Leeanne: Nope, we can hear you.

Kayla: I used to take classes at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and I took like a weaving class, but the weaving instructor decided she was retiring as well as the craft instructor. So, the school came to me and so I do that now. I don't teach weaving, I teach loom knitting and crochet class and then a general craft class.

I started last September, and luckily, I found the NFB crafters division because they helped me out a lot. Because I don't even know what I'm doing half the time, so I was hoping by coming here, I would find stuff that I could do myself but things I could teach my students who are also visually impaired, so the blind leading the blind, literally.

Leeanne: That's not a bad thing.

Kayla: That's what I'm hoping for. And like the other lady, I can't remember her name who said she took classes and it was kind of like babyish, preschooly like crafts and stuff, that is my challenge is finding crafts that they can do that aren't that preschooly, that has some depth to them that they can feel as they're putting them together.

So really struggled at doing that, finding things to do that and how to teach 10 other people to do that at one time while I'm trying to make sure everyone's doing it the right way without seeing. So I'm hoping I can learn a lot from you guys and how to teach them and learn some stuff myself along the way.

Leeanne: Okay, thank you for sharing.

Kayla: That's what I do.

Leeanne: Okay. Thank you. Let me get back to the rest of these.

So the person that's phone number ends in 549.

Henry: Hi, this is Henry from Germantown, Maryland. Can you hear me?

Leeanne: Yes, thank you.

Henry: Hi, I'm the other guy in the group. I like to needle knit, loom knit, crochet. I would like to learn to do leather crafting, and I'd also like to say thank you for starting this group up, and I'm also a member of the National Federation of the Blind Crafters Corners, and Access Crafts, which I'm co-owner, co-moderator of. Thank you.

Leeanne: Okay, thank you. It's great to have you with us. Okay, I have Lillian.

Lillian McGrath: Hello.

Leeanne: Hi, Lillian.

Lillian McGrath: Hi. Sorry, my phone talked over me. My name is Lillian McGrath. And actually I've had you and Linn in classes before.

Leeanne: Yes, I remember.

Lillian McGrath: I took ... My phone is talking over me, I'm sorry. Voiceover. So, I go to the Indiana School for the Blind and I do art with Miss Walsh at that school. What we do is we do pottery, sculpturing, and we do ... One time I got my hand plastered and I'm really sensitive, tactically sensitive, texture wise, and so I have tried to work on overcoming that in art and I had got both hands plastered. Let's see. I do a lot of painting and I'm also in Bible school and every summer they teach Bible school. Every year in vacation Bible school, I do a craft and right now we're making, I started it yesterday, but we're making a frame out of sticks like twigs.

Leeanne: Okay.

Lillian McGrath: So, it's great to see you both on the meeting, and I hope that I can learn to do more things. Hopefully I can learn to do some things without help. I also do looming too.

Leeanne: Okay. All right, thank you, Lillian. Okay, Jackie.

Jackie: Okay, yes. Can you hear me?

Leeanne: Yes, Jackie. Go ahead.

Jackie: Okay, yes. My name is Jackie, Jacqueline. My nickname is Jackie, but my name is Jacqueline Steele, and I live in Decatur, Georgia which is the city next to Atlanta and I enjoy and make my own earring, but I'm interested in learning beading and learning how to make necklaces and boys little beads.

Leeanne: Okay.

Jackie: As a child, as a teenager my mother taught me how to sew, but I mean I would love to refresh in sewing once again, and learning crochet. I will also love to learn how to make flowers using cloth. Let's see. The last one is I would love to weave and learn how to make my own weaver machine something like that. So, those are things that I like and crafts that I have.

Leeanne: Okay, thank you. Okay, we are coming close to the end. I have about eight more hands. So let's see how quickly we can get through everybody. Okay phone number that ends in 353.

Annie Maxwell: Annie Maxwell.

Leeanne: Hi, Annie. What can you tell us about yourself?

Annie Maxwell: Hi, how are you?

Leeanne: Doing well.

Annie Maxwell: Yeah, I am a jewelry maker. I do handmade jewelry and I also knit. I used to do tons of macramé back in the '70s, and I am just interested in learning anything new. I'm willing to teach jewelry making, I do that with beads and wire and all kinds of stuff. I know you're pressed for time, so I won't go into detail.

Leeanne: Okay, thank you so much. Okay, I've got a long one here. It's a series of letters NFADZXMH, and it goes on and on. Does that sound like a somebody?

Sandy Vickery: This is Sandy Vickery. I'm in Washington State. I used to do a lot of drawing and cross stitch, and reading and writing books and all that kind of thing. Now I can't see to do it, so I'm interested in something I can do.

Leeanne: We are at the end of our time, and we do need to stick with that hour. But thank you so very much for joining us. We're going to start possibly after next month's meeting, breaking up so that we can talk, maybe one month we're talking about knitting and next month about crochet and next month about beading and another month about woodworking, so that we kind of cover all of the areas that everybody's interested in. Linn, do you have any final words to add?

Linn: Again, I want to say please, we're delighted. When you think we have everything from refinishing furniture, woodworking, pottery, jewelry making, knitting, crocheting, we're all here. And so we can all help each other.

Leeanne: Thank you so very much for joining us. We will say goodbye for now and hope to see many of you next month. Have a great week, month. Oh yeah, have a great month, everybody.