Friday, February 6, 2015

February Sew-In

Dear Alzheimer's Sew-in Volunteers,

Valentine's Day seems like a great time to make some special gifts for special people. I have missed all of you and look forward to getting together on Saturday, February 14.

I delivered a box of activity books, yarn bundles and ribbon tassels to AGE (Austin Groups to the Elderly)
last week. The activity director was so excited.  She is planning various activities with these aids. They will use the yarn bundles and tassels to liven-up their exercise/dance time. Thanks for making these.

We are currently low on the books so I think we should work on these this week. We can use sergers for edging pages and sewing machines to sew on the trims with plain or decorative stitches. This should be a fun day giving us a chance to try out a variety of sewing skills and sew for a purpose.

Hope to see you next Saturday,

Marcia

6 comments:

  1. Hi! I found out about you through the Nancy Zieman article. I'm interested in making some things for people who have Alzheimer's, and I have just made five "pages" for my first Texture Book. How many pages should I string together for one book? Is five enough? Also, are buttons OK to use, if I sew them on very firmly?
    Thank you very much for providing these instructions. I can't wait to see if the local nursing home will like this idea.
    Lynn in Missouri

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    1. Hi Lynn,
      I am Marcia Engquist and I designed the Alzheimer's mats and books. I am so happy you are interested in helping persons with Alzheimer's. The texture books are fun to make and you can recruit kids and non-sewers as well as accomplished sewers with a variety of skills to help. We string together 8 to 12 pages, enough to be interesting but not too bulky.
      Best wishes in your endeavors. I have met so many wonderful people that I feel fortunate to have started this project. Please write again and share your progress with us.
      Yours,
      Marcia

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    2. How can I purchase one of these for my mom?

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  2. How can I purchase one of these for my mom?

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  3. Sandra,
    Our mats are made by local volunteers and given away to local groups and individuals. Perhaps you can find someone who can make one for you in your local area.
    Alzheimer's aids and fidget mats and aprons can be purchased on line from various sites. Do a google search.
    Best Wishes,
    Marcia

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