Name: Kaz Daffeh
Visual Impairment: optic pathway glioma, dyspraxia. Registered severely sigh impaired.
Describe yourself in one paragraph.
I’ve always loved crafts, I fell in love with sewing machine at school and made everything from handbags to curtains. I was devastated when I lost the majority of my sight and gave up on my crafts. After learning how to live with what I had, I started testing some crafts and discovered that while I could use my machine, hand sewing was tactile enough to do basic seams. I use bodkins and easy thread needles. Crafts are very important to me, they keep my brain working and I have a great sense of achievement. I don’t just sew, I’ve made everything from rag rugs and decoupaged tea caddies to dream catchers and clay modelling. I love being creative and trying different things.
What would you say to someone who feels they cannot do crafts because of their vision?
I used to think I couldn’t craft any more, but learned a new style. Most crafts are tactile enough to learn through touch. Just like anything, it will take time, but it’s fun learning!
Kaz is happy to share her wisdom and skills with OAB clients. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with us and we will let her know.