Shireen Irvine Perry

Biography

Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher Of Needle Arts With Adaptive Blind Techniques

Shireen has been teaching blind and visually impaired adults Needle Arts for more than 35 years in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. Many of her students have asked her to write a book. This is it.

"Needle Arts with Vision Loss" is a series of books on adaptive blind techniques in braided rugs, needle felting, machine sewing, hand sewing and related needle arts. "How to Enjoy Making Braided Rugs Without Sight" is the first book in the series. "How to Enjoy Needle Felting Without Sight" is the second book of the series. The third book in the series is "How to Enjoy Machine Sewing Without Sight". 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.”

Vision loss does not need to keep a person from enjoying hands-on creativity. Shireen hopes the Needle Arts with Vision Loss series may add perspective with other needle arts books, to give both teachers and those with a visual impairment the means to tackle a project otherwise thought impossible.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In 6th grade I wrote a story my great-aunt shared with me about my great-great-grandmother. After the Civil War, she traveled alone with an infant and toddler in a covered wagon from Virginia to Kansas looking for her husband. This journey had some adventures!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Exploring and being curious about the world around me by enjoying my garden, working on a needle arts project, learning something new regarding textiles and color, receiving inspiration from others creativity, traveling when I can, spending time with family, friends and students.
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Books

Needle Arts with Vision Loss: How to Enjoy Machine Sewing Without Sight
Price: $26.99 USD. Words: 32,560. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework General, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework General
You can sew without sight! "How To Enjoy Machine Sewing Without Sight" is the third book in the “Needle Arts with Vision Loss” series. The focus is on safe adaptive blind techniques in machine sewing, including some hand sewing techniques and resources. This book may be used as a guide in teaching or as a resource for newly blind experienced needle artists.
Needle Arts with Vision Loss: How To Enjoy Making Braided Rugs Without Sight
Series: Needle Arts With Vision Loss. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 16,730. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework General, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework General
"Needle Arts with Vision Loss" is a book series on adaptive blind techniques in braided rugs, needle felting, machine sewing, ribbon work and beading. "How To Enjoy Making Braided Rugs Without Sight" is the first book in the series.
Needle Arts with Vision Loss: How to Enjoy Needle Felting Without Sight
Series: Needle Arts With Vision Loss. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 15,740. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework General, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework General
"Needle Arts with Vision Loss" is a book series on adaptive blind techniques in braided rugs, needle felting, machine sewing, ribbon work and beading. "How To Needle Felt Without Sight" is the second book in the series.

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