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, 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, For: 4-inch-one-step-looped needle threader item #147470; needle threader & inserter #163000; Extra-deep needle safe #223197; Glass head straight pins; Magnetic wand/ telescoping extension wand; Beeswax; Third Hand#146919; scissors; scribe or stiletto; Iron Caddy #285801; “Cool fingers” #143014 and pressing tools.

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

Berkeley Sewing and Vacuum, 2108 Berkeley Way, CA 94704, Phone 510-540-6248. For: Needle threader (Aluminum egg or guitar- pick-shaped handle with 1-inch wire loop).

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

En-Vision America, Inc., 1845 W. Hovey Ave. Normal, IL 61761, Phone 800-890-1180. For: ID Mate and accessories for Bar code labeling.

Fabric stores (local to San Francisco Greater Bay Area):

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 510-845-6106, For: Good selection of sewing notions including IBC glass head straight pins; 2-inch wooden needle cases; safety pins in sizes #1, #2 and #3 Magnetic wand; Beeswax; 8-inch bent handled scissors; 4-inch scissors; small seam ripper; needle threader & inserter; leather thimbles; “Cool fingers”; “Third Hand”; Threads.

Discount Fabrics, 3006 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, Phone 510-548-2981 and 201 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 415-495-4201, For: great prices on silks, upholstery weight fabrics in addition to other fabrics. Several locations also in San Francisco.

JoAnne Fabrics & Crafts,300 El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito, CA 94530, Phone 510-525-2898, For: craft and basic sewing supplies

Laci’s, Store & Museum of Lace, Textiles and classes, 2982 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703, (adjacent to Ashby BART station), Phone 510-843-7290 or 510-843-7178, Open: Mon – Sat: 12-6:00 PM, 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.

The Cotton Patch,1025 Brown Ave., Lafayette, CA 94549, Phone 510-284-1177. For: sewing, cotton fabrics or quilting needs and Bernina sewing machine servicing.

Additional Resources
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).

Howe Press, Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, Mass. 02472, Phone 1-617-924-3434 or 1-617-972-7308. For: Braille measuring tools, “Dymo” labeling tape, Brailler, slate, stylus, writing and drawing materials.

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; “Match Makers”; Pocket size talking Calculator; talking tape measure #756565; writing guides; single line slate & styli and recording devices.

Kingdom Tapes, 719 Lambs Creek Rd., PO Box 506, Mansfield, PA 16933-0506, Phone 570-662-7515, Sales phone 800-788-1122, Customer Service Phone 800-296-2312, “Telex” Cassette tape duplicator, duplicator maintenance kit and cassette tapes with 30, 60, and 90-minute.

Local craft stores for 3-D fabric paints.

Maxi-Aids, Phone 800-522-62-94, For: raised line drawing kit; talking tape measure English #3082716 or Spanish # 308772.

Nancy’s Notions, 333 Beichl Ave., Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, 53916, Phone 800-833-0690, For: pattern notcher.

Office supply store, for: 1- inch masking tape, 1/4-inch single hole paper punch, paper scissors, 36-inch wide roll of countertop brown paper or craft paper, 10-inch x 15-inch brown craft envelopes, 20/20 or Sharpie pen; 30 or 60-minute cassette tapes; tape recorder or digital recorder; 1/2-inch “Dymo” plastic adhesive labeling tape (For labeling and to make guide tape on the machine for seam allowances if the 1/2-inch medical tape is not available.); different size office binder clips.

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.

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

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.

Star Tech, 1601 Fulton Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825, Phone 916-488-3480, www.STARTECH-INTL.COM. For: “Match Makers” a tactual identification and marking system (great for marking pieces for quilting). Some quilt stores or Independent Living Aids sometimes carry the “Match Makers”.

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

Needle Arts Articles, Books, Newsletters, Magazines & Media or local bookstore for resource books

California Braille and Talking Book Library, P.O. Box 942837 Sacramento, CA  94237-0001 Phone 1-800-952-5666, Hours: 9:30 – 4:00, Monday-Friday. Phone 916-654-0640, 800-952-5666 Fax: 916-654-1119 Internet: . For: braille, cassette tape (phasing out to DAISY System), large print, on-line books; has magazines with Needle Arts info and projects in Braille and/ audio such as: “Martha Stewart Living” in Braille.

“Dialogue”, a magazine containing Adaptive blind techniques in Daily Living Skills, Tech, etc. Information written for and by the Blind and Visually Impaired in Braille, cassette tape, large print, digital and email formats. Subscribe to: Blindskills, Inc., PO Box 5181, Salem, OR 97304-0181, Phone 800-860-4224,

“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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

“Threads” a magazine; if only one Needle Arts magazine can be bought, this is my favorite. To subscribe, Phone 800-477-8727, or Customer Service, The Taunton Press, 63 South Main St., PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506 and is the free e-newsletter, is the free sewing/craft newsletter.


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