Crafting Patterns Website For The Blind and Podcasts to Get You Started

DRG, publisher of books, magazines and pattern booklets in a number of special interest areas, recently received an e-mail from an avid knitter, Eileen Scrivani, who also happens to be blind. Scrivani expressed concern that the company's Web site lacked vision-impaired access.

As a result, the company researched vision-impaired accessibility and made the necessary technological changes. Now, all of its free patterns are tagged to enable screen readers to translate them into audio.

Every pattern on is now tagged to enable screen reading. This is a great resource for visually impaired crafters because there are nearly 2,000 craft and needlecraft patterns to download from the site. is available to the general public at no charge, and includes patterns in knit, crochet, paper crafting, quilting, sewing, tatting, plastic canvas, woodworking and general crafts. Members can download patterns from the Web site at

DRG Publishing encompasses leading brands, including Annie's Attic, American School of Needlework, House of White Birches, Clotilde and The Needlecraft Shop. DRG publishes 15 magazines in the quilting, crochet, plastic canvas, knitting, nostalgia, woodworking, paper craft and cooking fields. It also publishes hardcover consumer books and instruction books that are sold direct to consumers and through wholesale and trade channels.

Knitting Podcasts and Books from APH

All these great patterns do you no good if you don't know how to knit. Here's a few podcasts to get you started.

Kids Knitting: Projects for Kids of All Ages

by Melanie Falick

In 15 easy projects, knitting expert Melanie Falick teaches kids of all ages through step-by-step instructions. (Grades 4-7 +)

Braille -- T-N1179-70

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American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Phone: 502-895-2405
Fax: 502-899-2274
Web site:

Planet Patchwork: The Ultimate Address in Quilting

Another site that may be helpful is This site includes a quilt gallery, a Beginning Quilters Resource Page, reviews of books and videos, product reviews of tools and software, info on international techniques, info on quilting discussion groups, and more.


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