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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafts for Kids with Disabilities? on: January 20, 2007 11:14:01 AM
Hi, everyone!
    Last summer I started working at Camp Jabberwocky, a summer camp in Martha's Vineyard for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. We have an arts and crafts portion of the day, just like other camps, and I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions for crafts to do this summer. The difficulty with finding crafts is that many of the campers have severe cerebral palsy, and therefore have very little movement or control over their bodies, especially their arms. We have done pottery work with the campers (we have a wheel and kiln), using camper's feet to shape the vessels on the wheel (since they're arm mobility is limited), but only one person can use the wheel at a time, so the other campers are left trying to work the clay with their hands, and they get easily frustrated. Though many of the campers are in wheel chairs and have cerebral palsy, some have downs syndrome and other disabilities, and are able to do more complex projects, so those suggestions are also welcome.

Any ideas for crafts that require very little mobility?

Edited to add a list of the ideas suggested so far (they're all great, thanks guys!):
Beading (bracelets, necklaces, etc. with different sized beads depending on dexterity)
Felt Crafts
Quilt blocks (to be made into wall hangings or other projects)
wheel chair flags
Decorating canvas tote bags
Salt dough hand or foot plaques
Sun-sensitive paper projects
Stamping projects
Sand art
Paper Mache
Painting wooden cutouts for magnets
Candy/Cereal necklaces
Making Cookies
Decorating picture frames
Leaf and Flower pressing
Paper making
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My First Knitted FO!- Camo Wristwarmers (semi img heavy) on: January 18, 2007 08:18:35 PM
I've been crocheting for about five years, but I just taught myself how to knit this year from Debbie Stoller's Stitch 'n' Bitch books - well, I actually taught myself last year from The Knitter's Encyclopedia, but I couldn't figure out why I was getting alternating rows of knit and purl when i was only making knit stitches- I didn't know what garter stitch was, and the encyclopedia only showed pictures of stockingette pieces in the directions! I bought the Happy Hooker and loved it, so went back and bought Debbie's knitting books, and it was only then that I realized that I had been doing it right  Smiley . I learned how to purl, and did a few practice swatches, and then decided to make something useful. I saw girlypirate's obnoxiously simple fingerless gloves, and decided that they would make a good gift for my friend, and I was off and knitting. I didn't end up following her exact pattern - I just made my own rectangles and seamed them.

Okay, enough of my jabber... Picture time!

The Front

The Back

Here you can kind of see how I tried to put reverse stockingette hearts on the front and back of the wrists, but the camo yarn is so busy that they are lost. Oh well, live and learn. The looser one I made first; my gauge got tighter the more I knit.

Sorry for the poor quality of the pics- it's hard to get good pics when you're holding the camera with your chin so you can get both hands in the picture!

I'm going to give them to her tomorrow, so I'll post then and tell you how she likes them.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Headphone Covers! (a tad img heavy) on: June 28, 2006 07:34:52 PM
My favorite headphones were starting to look pretty dingy; the foam was falling off, and the paint was peeling off

(the other side was even worse - it had no foam!)

So, I was going to use some fabric that I had to cover the earpieces, but I found that I didn't have any elastic to hold my headphone covers on. I was in a bit of a dilemma, until I saw the bright turquoise chunky wool/acrylic blend lying in my yarn stash - then I thought, why not crochet covers! So I did.

Inside View:

Side View:

Front View:

Now I have the coolest headphones in town, and the wool will keep my ears warm when fall comes, and the bulk of the yarn makes the headphones softer to sleep on. Yay!

How I did it:
    I really just single-crocheted a circle until it was slightly smaller than the headphone, then I did one row of double crochet to bend around the sides, and then I single-crochet decreased like mad to get the covers to stay on. If you want more detailed directions, pm me.

Opinions, Suggestions? Should I single crochet around the remaining plastic and the cord?
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / What to give a friend whom you want to be more than a friend? on: December 06, 2005 02:53:10 PM
So, I've been friends with a guy named Brad for three years now, and he's a senior in highschool (I'm a junior). About a week ago I realized that I really liked him - as more than a friend. His mom has been in the hospital for the past 6 weeks with pneumonia, and last week she took another turn for the worse. I really want to give him and his mom something for Christmas, but am stumped as to what to get or make. He has no idea about my current feelings for him, so it can't be something romantic, and I'm not sure what's going too far. With applying to college, being the head of Yearbook, performing in one of our fall plays, and having his mom sick, he's been through a lot recently, and I just want to give him something to show I care.
         About him:
              18 years old
              loves Firefly (Kaylee and Saffron are his fav characters; I can't knit so I can't do
             a Jayne Cobb hat - is there a crochet version out there?)
              a huge comic book / comics into film fan - especially X-men (He also really likes
             Terra from Teen Titans - but he doesn't know I know this info (I stalked his posts
             on a comic website to try to get ideas), so that could be awkward)
            acts in our Shakespeare productions, but always gets small, goofy roles (he's
             really funny though!)
            math/ science kid (he's taking AP Stat, AP Calc, and Physics Honors this year!)

I don't know anything about his mom - what is a good Christmas/get well present?
I was thinking maybe a scarf or some pins that I crocheted?

If I think of anything else, I'll edit my post. Thanks guys!

Edited to add:
I can sew, crochet, embroider, needlepoint, bake really well and am ready to try all other forms of crafting!
Would making scarves for both of them be too weird?
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / I've Silkscreened in Art ... Is it the same method on fabric? on: April 21, 2005 05:06:17 PM
I was reading some of the posts on this board, and I saw a lot of stuff on photo emulsions and other kinds of emulsions. Last year in art class we did a silkscreen and I used what I think was a silk screen and a board that you screwed it to, and for the stencils I used an exacto knife to cut the shapes for each color out of freezer paper. I then taped the freezer paper to the screen, and after lining up my print (paper), spread the ink down with a kind of paddle, switching the paper underneath to do multiple prints. Is it the same way with fabric but with different paints? I've read several posts that I thought might be relevant, but I can't seem to figure out if emulsions were what I did before, and, if not, if I can use the method I know.
                              Thanks so much for your help!
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