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« on: October 27, 2009 10:02:32 PM »

My younger sister was foolish enough to land herself in jail for the next three years. She sent me a letter today asking for some craft things, shes just not sure what kind.
They arent allowed scissors or any other weapon, no glue or sticky tape and no stickers (the list goes on  Roll Eyes )
I was wondering if any of you wonderful craftsters have had the same issue and have any ideas what to send?
All Ive got so far is origami stuff  Cheesy and that wont keep her interested for long

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2009 05:34:35 AM »

Is she allowed threads of any kind? If so what about floss for friendship bracelet making or wool for finger knitting?
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2009 05:41:10 AM »

I havent had the same issue so dont know anything definate that will work in her situation, so hopefully someone else can help with that, but I thought of a few things that you might be able to contemplate.
Can she have tooth floss? I ask because the part that cuts the tooth floss can be used to cut thread/yarn, people use them to go on planes when scissors aren't allowed. It could be worth asking anyway.
In regards to sculpture type stuff I thought of clays or play doughs... they can be worked (at least therapuetically) by hand, and she can create and recreate, even though she doesn't have access to a kiln or something for permanant sculpture. It would still fill time.
Painting? I figure she might not be allowed paint brushes incase they are adapted for weapons, but finger painting could be something she might be able to learn some real skill at... or foam pieces used as a brush, or anything else you can think of.
Drawing, if she is allowed pencils.. if not pencils, maybe shes allowed crayons? Maybe if she had some books about drawing as well, if its not something shes previously been interested in.
Beading? Beads and string.. although she may have the cutting problem with that unless allowed tooth floss or something. What about those beads that you arrange in shapes/designs on the boards and then iron? Whilst she can't iron them, as a kid I had HOURS of amusement just arranging them in designs and then starting again.
If anything else comes to mind ill pop back. Hope you can find something!

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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2009 05:42:46 AM »

also maybe precutting things for her like collage stuff that you have preglued too..

no glue,huh?? no glue dots too??

macrame..maybe latch hooking but I can see the hook thing being an issue..

interesting question..my niece worked as a guard at a womens prison she would ALWAYS make runs to the craft store for them..but they could have needles and such-they made the MOST beautiful quilts..

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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2009 06:31:27 PM »

Pick knitting with a comb. I would send yarns that are multi strand so if she can't cut them it's easier to break them apart with your hands.

Also, she can knit with 2 toothbrushes. Limited in size but it works with a bulkier yarn that doesn't need a fine point needle.

Straw weaving if she can get some in the mess hall.

Hemp jewelry. You could print out a bunch of different patterns for her to try.

You could cut up some squares and fringe the ends & have her tie them all together for quilts & pillows.

See if she is allowed to have one of those plastic looms you can make potholders on. You couldn't send the hook probably but you can do it with a finger.

Yarn spinning with a drop spindle, maybe. You would have to check on that also.

You could cut & punch out some leather for a make your own whatever kit like they sell for kids. She wouldn't need a needle to sew if it was a stiff material like waxed thread.

I would recommend checking out the kids section at a craft store, they would probably give you some great ideas since they already limit things like scissors for kids. Then you could just change it into an adult version.


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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2009 10:49:47 PM »

keep the ideas coming guys. Its awesome!

lol, the whole no glue/sticky tape thing got me confused too, but it can be used to transport drugs so its a no no. Mum has mentioned that she can get stickytape from their shop so Ill check with Ash.

Things like yarn and thread I need an approval form for, and Im pretty sure clay will be the same, but Ill ask. lmao, imagine a prison inmate playing with playdough! lmfao, actually, wonder if she would be allowed to make salt dough, I can see me being allowed to send her any (jeez, so many rules!)

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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2009 11:10:26 PM »

You can often find plastic needles designed for use with plastic canvas crafts.  The plastic needles can also be used for weaving on a cardboard loom.
Air-dry clay is an option for sculpture.
It can be painted with acrylic paints applied with a Q-tip, small makeup applicator, sponge or fingers if paintbrushes are not allowed.

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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2009 09:24:24 AM »

Knifty Knitters would be good if she can have yarn. Maybe origami/kirigami, fabric yo-yo crafts. Can she have a crochet hook? What about latch hook rugs? I have seen posts here of people knitting with drumsticks. Macrame? beading or loom beading?
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2009 09:30:56 AM »

Chalks and pastels. 

« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2009 02:25:20 PM »

I'm looking for some posts on fingerweaving:
One, but not the one I'm looking for https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=324472.0

Here's an idea https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261761.0
And this is pick knitting https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261765.0
More in the same vein https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285991.0
This could be harder to learn  Stone Age knitting--Nalbinded Scarf https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=84590.0
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