For visually impaired embroiderers who are taking up embroidery again, it is important to give yourself some slack, relax, and take your precious time to practice new skills and learn to take advantage of your tactile sense.
You may have lost your vision or suffer vision problems due to illness, accident, or injury, but your passion for embroidery still lives on. Here are tips that you can teach visually impaired people who want to resume their hobby of embroidery:
Start with simple items
Although visually impaired people have a hard time seeing their work, their willingness to create embroidery projects delivers happiness and fulfillment. But of course, there will be a few modifications with their skills and techniques.
With this in mind, it is important that they start small and slow with easy designs before moving on to more complicated projects. Once your confidence returns, it will be easier for you to produce works with high proficiency and efficiency. Below is the 7 Safety tips that we recommend.
Check the lighting
Make sure your lighting provides the right amount of illumination to your work space. If you have poor vision, use a task lamp outfitted with an adjustable arm that is flexible enough to be moved to areas where you need sufficient illumination. A lamp with a built-in magnifier is an excellent extra feature too.
Apply dark and light contrast
You need to establish a work space with a contrasting background such as a light or dark-colored fabric over your lap. This will aid your vision when working on your embroidery. You may also create a contrasting worktable by using place mats, plastic cover tables, and non-skid shelf-liners.
Use low vision device
To put your embroidery skills back into good use, we highly recommend for you to consult with your ophthalmologist about the application of low-vision aids that will keep your hands free, including around-the-neck magnifier, or a magnifier installed on a flexible stand.
Keep your space clean and organized during embroidery work. By avoiding visual clutter, it will become easier for you to focus your vision on your project while avoiding injuries, too.
You need enlarged copies of craft instructions and patterns to avoid errors and to ensure efficiency despite your poor vision.
Use large-gauge materials
Switch to large-gauged materials such as bigger needles and thicker threads. These items will help you to count stitches easily and review your pattern along the way.
Use multi-colored threads
You may need to consider using multi-colored threads in areas that demand various changes in stitch color.
Adjust finger placement
When working, make sure your fingers are positioned close to the tips of the needles. With this technique, it becomes easier for you to detect whether your stitches are dropping off the needle and ensure that your stitches are added correctly.
Modify thread organisation
Organised your threads by color, using large prints or braille labels, if necessary. You may also use easy-to-understand abbreviations that will help you in retrieving them from their containers.
Living with visual impairment can be devastating, especially if embroidery has been your life-long passion. But don’t let this challenge stop you from doing what you love most.
We at On the Cuff hope that these tips can help you create more beautiful works amidst adversities. You may call us or visit our Denton, Texas shop if you need help in any embroidery-related issue that you have.