After losing much of her sight due to Macular degeneration, Rosemarie Fall gave up her sewing and took up learning Italian – on top of her already busy schedule visiting people in nursing homes – and being an advocate for friends in need.
After Rosemarie discovered the Mitsy Kit, she re-gained her ability to sew and quilt, and expressed how she found it joyful and meditative. Today, Rosemarie continues to sew using Mitsy Kits and works as an advisor to help with new designs and methods for our kits!
The residents love it,” Abbi said. “It’s a very relaxing activity that engages both their body and mind, and it allows them to be creative. There’s also a beautiful product for them to be proud of at the end, which adds to the purposeful and meaningful aspect of the activity. We’re currently in the process of trying to bring the Mitsy Kits to all the Bridges communities. (Bridges by Epoch provides assisted living memory care that is comfortable, positive, safe and engaging.)
Lynne Klish, a Mitsy Kit workshop participant at the 2017 No Barriers Summit, Facebook post regarding Mitsy Kit:
Spent a good part of my morning getting back into sewing… working on an applique banner. Last time I did any amount of sewing, was on a queen size log cabin block style quilt for my folks. I quit because I had put a sewing machine needle through my thumb…
I ended up giving away my sewing machine and stacks of material. Blaming the RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa), I had decided to give up rather than find a solution…
Last year, I heard about Mitsy Kit Adaptive Sewing and Crafting for All but didn’t have the opportunity to attend their workshop. This year I did and oh my, what incredible ideas! I didn’t take the time to find a solution but Tammy did, for her mom. And as it turns out, for lots of people!!! Thank you Tammy!
So, the short of this long blurb? The fire for tactile art using fabric, has been re-ignited! And, I have no excuses, none.