Crafts & Hobbies Books



Anderson, Enid: Crafts & the Disabled (14870)

Batsford 1st 1982
4to, pale blue bds wirh gold titling to spine, v v slight dulling + wr to d/w o/w VG++/VG+ 580 gms
(Order reference 14870).

There are large numbers of disabled people who are already engaged in practising a variety of crafts, and it is suprising that at present there is no national training structure available for those people who are teaching crafts to the disabled. The result is that helpers are often trying to cope with the demand for instruction without accurate information on the problems likely to be faced, on the best choices of crafts to t each or the ways that crafts can be modified to suit the largest number of people.

The first part of the book is aimed essentially at instructors, be they officially employed in that capacity or just volunteers and friends. The topics dealt with are professional practice and approach, teaching methods, visual aids, craft aids, craft shows and outings. The author then describes a number of crafts in the second part of the book, selected, according to her own experience as a teacher of the disabled, for their interest and suitability.

The techniques and materials are carefully listed, and there are a number of suggestions and instructions for items that can be made with the different techniques. The crafts include patchwork, puppetry, soft toy making, stool seating, paper sculpture, macrame, copper and pewter repousse modelling and collage.

The strength of this book is that it is intended specifically for the disabled; it gives much-needed advice for the benefit of those who help the disabled, and sets out the crafts in a manner to match the requirements of the disabled themselves.

112 black and white photographs 53 line drawings

 

£7.50