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.)
Donna, Daughter of 94-year-old mother with dementia and poor vision
“My mom, with dementia and low vision, has made about 10 so far but it seems to bring her so much joy that I will just keep purchasing them. Mom gave them to her great-grandchildren (4 under 4yrs old) for Christmas and they were a hit!! I also took pictures of my mom making them and one holding the finished pillow and put them in a triple photo frame as a remembrance. Thank you for offering this kit.”
Terrie, daughter of mom with severe macular degeneration
“Your products have been a God send for mom. At 91 and her failing eyesight, she was slowing down on her production of them but still always had one in progress by her chair. Through this Covid situation I was concerned that you would close your business until this is over. Thank heavens you were always there when I needed more products for mom. Mitsy Kits are the only things mom was able to do that she had any interest in. She loved making the kits and found happiness in making them and giving them to family members! This is why we ordered them on a regular basis to keep mom busy and happy. I can’t thank you enough for your products, which enabled mom to still have something crafty to do with her hands despite having severe macular degeneration.”
Grace, River Court Residences – Family members were delighted.
“The novelty fleece brought a smile and appreciation. Thank you for offering crafty ideas that invite hand-eye coordination and participation.” Grace Kelly, River Court Residences Reflections Activities
Sarah, Carrol Center for the Blind:
“Hobbies and crafting are so often given up by our clients due to vision loss. Mitsy Kit provides a fun and easy way to bring crafting back into our clients’ lives, or to introduce crafting to someone with a disability. The kits are so wonderfully accessible for a variety of populations. They work! I cannot recommend Mitsy Kit enough.” Sarah, The Carroll Center for the Blind
I want to express my genuine thanks to Mitsy Kit for creating this fantastic opportunity for visually impaired folks to create meaningful projects. The number one thing I appreciate is that the instructions are precise and step-by-step and will be explained as many times as needed over the phone. The second thing I truly appreciate is that the pieces are already cut and the right and wrong sides are differentiated. They have also magickly created sticky strips to place on the edges so that we can sew straight seams. I am so proud of the pinwheel quilt! Thank you!
Abbi, Bridges by Epoch of Westford: A resident was thrilled.
“I have a resident that made a fleece blanket for her son’s birthday. She was thrilled that she could make something wonderful for him, that she could do independently too.” Abbi Laushine, Life Enrichment Director, Bridges by Epoch of Westford
Susan Jepson, Even though my special needs nephew had never sewn, he ‘got it’ quickly, and was so proud and happy!
“I had a wonderful experience with my special needs nephew with cognitive and small muscle challenges recently. He made a pillow from a Mitsy Kit. Everyone who came into the house was proudly shown the finished pillow by him and he got a lot of high fives. Pride, self-esteem, focus, patience, accomplishment, and just a plain old fun hour together.” Susan Jepson
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.