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Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher Of Needle Arts
With Adaptive Blind Techniques
For the past more than 30 years, Shireen has been teaching blind and visually impaired adults Needle Arts in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout her years of teaching many students have asked her to write a book on the techniques she teaches. This is it.
Needle Arts with Vision Loss is a series of books on adaptive blind techniques in braided rugs, needle felting, machine sewing, knitting, crochet, ribbon work and beading. How to Enjoy Needle Felting Without Sight is the second book of the series. The series may be used as a guide in teaching the visually impaired any of the adaptive needle arts techniques or as a resource for newly blind experienced needle artists. The methods have proven successful for her students over many years. She encourages her students to ask themselves, “How can I make this work safely?” instead of “I can’t do this because I can’t see.”
Having vision loss does not need to keep a person from enjoying hands-on creativity in the Needle Arts. Shireen hopes the Needle Arts with Vision Loss book series will give teachers and those with a visual impairment the impetus to tackle a needle arts project they might otherwise have thought impossible.