Thursday, 15 September 2016

Railway Themed Sensory Twiddle Pouch Pattern

FREE PATTERN- my latest pouch design with male sensory impaired in mind who enjoy railways. Download pattern here

Embellishment ideas:
Fire Box door
Fire Box flames with crackle
Buffer Beam:
Railway signal ribbons 
Railway lights Beads
Name label /‘tickets’ -
Loco wheels: 2 x 0.6mm wooden buttons and 3 x 1” wooden buttons
Wooden letter beads that spell ‘steam’ or ‘coal’,
metal curtain ring on ¼”” length silver or black 0.6mm cord
Squeezy stress ball, attached to length of cord inside mail bag
Provides sensory stimulation, occupation and a talking point for sensory impaired.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Decorating Sensory Twiddle Muffs, Bags and Pouches

This is one of  my favourite parts to creating a sensory twiddle item for a sensory impaired person. 

As well as a colour scheme, deciding how to embellish the muff, bags and pouches brings out my creative juices and I'm often embellishing before I've sewn the item together, partly because I find it makes it easier to sew things on securely this way.

So, how do YOU decide what to put on your items?

Is it something you relish or dread?

Do you have any favourite things you like to add?

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Free Twiddle bag knitting pattern for dementia /sensory impaired

FREE Twiddle bag Knitting Pattern in my Ravelry Store. 

This pattern is now available. FUN and CREATIVE! 
Since ladies love their handbags, I was asked to make some ‘sensory twiddle handbags’, similar to the Twiddlemuffs for the Dementia patients at our local hospital.
I have 10+years experience in care homes and both my parents had Alzheimer’s, so I have developed this FREE pattern which provides purposeful activity, and sensory stimulation. The bags also help to distract hospital dementia patients from fiddling with their catheters and bandages.
The 5mm needles suggested are for those who use Aran weight yarn for the handles, instead of chunky. Handles can be sewn across or at one side of the bag.
I add similar twiddle muff embellishments such as a curtain ring on a length of tape; a pom pom on a length of icord; I knitted a little ‘wallet’ with clothing labels sewn inside; beads and some pearl beading, plus a toggle clasp; some braid to twiddle with and a fluffy, elasticated hair band, squeeze stress ball etc.
It’s a chance to use up left over yarns and charity shop ‘finds’ with doubled strand of Double Knit or one strand of Chunky weight yarn and to get creative with beads, buttons, ribbons and other embellishments that will provide the person with dementia some interest and occupation.
If you contact your local hospital and nursing homes, I’m sure they would appreciate you making some of these for the dementia sufferers in their care.
Thank you.
Please feel free to contact me with any queries. I hope you enjoy unleashing your creativity as much as I have with this project.