Crafts to Do for the Visually Impaired

Updated April 17, 2017

Visually impaired people can make many types of crafts, especially those that involve the sense of touch. The most important component is an instructor to provide clear verbal instructions and guide the crafter's hands when necessary. Aids specifically designed for visually impaired crafters are available, such as magnifier lamps, Braille craft patterns or text-to-speech software.


Crochet is very tactile and can be worked by feel. Crafters should start with larger hooks, such as sizes J or K. Crochet stitches have common features that crafters can feel. The top of the stitch has two horizontal loops and the front has a vertical bar. Freeform crochet is an appropriate crochet technique, because the stitches, yarns and colours used are random.


Visually impaired crafters can make beautiful hand-woven scarves, throws, wall hangings and other items. Although weaving can be a complex craft, with help the visually impaired can learn to wind warps and thread looms. Weaving is a creative handicraft that provides tactile enjoyment through an infinite variety of textures and repetitive counted patterns. For people with low vision, weaving with contrasting colours and patterns can be visually stimulating.


Beading is can be done by the visually impaired. When beads are sorted into containers with Braille or large-print labels to indicate colour and type, crafters can string them using the labels as guides. Free-form beading is also interesting to visually impaired crafters, because the beads are used at random, with no rules or boundaries.

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About the Author

Joy Prescott has over 12 years experience as a technical writer. Since 1980 she has been a professional crochet pattern designer, publishing in many crochet magazines including "Crochet!" and "Crochet World," and in books such as "Today’s Crochet: Sweaters from the Crochet Guild of America." Prescott has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.