Keep On Stitching

The term “needle arts” refers to fiber and needle handwork. This includes different types of sewing along with needle felting, braided rugs, knitting, crochet, ribbon work and beading. Whatever the reason, learning one or more of the needle arts has value for someone with or without sight.

You can do Needle Arts without sight!

With a good working knowledge of adaptive blind techniques, a visually impaired person can make pieces competently and safely, and produce beautiful projects. Experiencing vision loss does not need to keep a person from enjoying hands-on creativity with Needle Arts. This Needle Arts with Vision Loss series may be used as a teaching guide for those who are interested in teaching the visually impaired any of the adaptive needle arts techniques. Newly blind experienced needle artists may also use this resource.

My hope is the adaptive techniques I share here will give those with a visual impairment and their teachers a springboard to tackle any Needle Arts project they might otherwise have thought impossible.

Peruse my latest book, Needle Arts with Vision Loss: How to Enjoy Machine Sewing Without Sight:

And follow my blog for updates on resources, techniques and fashion descriptions.

Share your ideas and discoveries with others and me.

Keep stitching with safety, creativity and fun!

8 thoughts on “Keep On Stitching

  1. I just learned about your books from a friend of yours, who is an O&M instructor. We are hoping to find a volunteer who can teach a basic sewing machine class in the Fall. I hope to purchase your books in the near future!!!

    • Thank you Nancy. If you or the teacher have any questions feel free to contact me. You may be able to find a teacher through the California Family and Consumer Sciences Association or the American Sewing Guild. The print version of the machine sewing book is now available on Amazon.

  2. Greetings to a great teacher!
    First of all, a big thank you for sharing your knowledge and writing needle arts with vision loss. I am planning to start a project to help people with vision loss, who are less fortunate, living in poverty and who have been marginalized in the society in Sri Lanka, find employment opportunities through machine sewing and needle crafts. I have been searching for a good book for a long time on machine sewing without sight, and this book, “how to enjoy machine sewing without sight” came as a great blessing. I just completed reading this book and this book is simply amazing !! It inspired me so much that it has given me more courage and confidence to pursue my dream and thank you. While this book along with the rest of the books in the series has given me the strength to move forward, your personal advise, guidance and experience of 35years in teaching students without sight, will be invaluable to make this project a success since resources in Sri Lanka are not available. Therefore could you please let me know if there is a possibility of connecting with you for a conversation. Appreciate it greatly. Thank you once again.

    • Hello Sharmeen,
      Thank you for your interest! Do you use Skype or What’s App? We could possibly have a conversation using either of these methods. Also, let me know what is the best time for you to talk. I am on Pacific Standard time, USA west coast time. Thank you, Shireen

  3. Hello Shireen,
    Thank you for your kind response. At present, I live in San Jose, California. I use Whats App. We can connect tomorrow , Thursday 23rd by about 11.30am if that is convenient to you. Please let me know the possibility or please advise another date and time workable for you. My phone number is 408 819 6855. Thank you once again. Sharmeen

  4. Hello Sharmeen, I can call you tomorrow around 10:30 AM or earlier, works better. Or tomorrow after 6:30 PM till 8:30PM. Or we can talk on Friday about 11:30AM or later.

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