Menu Close
Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Accessibility for Pattern Makers and Users with Joanne Seiff

August 23 at6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


40-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session for those who write patterns or technical instructions, particularly in the fiber arts (knitwear, crochet, sewing patterns, written spinning, weaving how-to’s, and beyond), and those who use patterns and would like to think more about accessibility issues.

If you’re a designer, have you considered producing Low Vision Accessible versions of your designs? If you’re a maker with a disability, do you struggle to find accessible patterns or adjust patterns you purchase?

This program explores ways for both designers and crafters to make patterns, or the technical instructions we use, more accessible. Specific Low Vision format tips for those with limited vision will be provided as an example, but we’ll explore other disabilities and how they affect crafting, too. Accessibility comes in many forms and not every knitter/crafter can access conventionally produced patterns.

Join us in a presentation on some of the issues, as well as a small group discussion and a question and answer period. This event won’t give anyone “all” the answers- but it will offer us a place to explore some craft-specific disability-related questions.

About the instructor:

Joanne Seiff has a Master’s degree in Education and is the mom, sister, and aunt of people with disabilities. Joanne’s been providing Low Vision Accessible knitting pattern formats for her work for several years in an effort to boost accessibility in knitting design.

Joanne Seiff is the author of several books, including Fiber Gathering, Knit Green, and Three Ply, as well as a knitwear designer, freelance writer, editor, and teacher. Joanne’s been knitting and spinning for more than 35 years, as well as sewing, weaving, dyeing, crocheting, rug hooking, and trying out other arts/crafts things, too. Joanne defines her practice simply as ‘a maker.’ Joanne shares her historic character home in Winnipeg with her professor partner, twins, and a bird dog.

Accessibility Information about the space: 329 Cumberland has wheelchair access around the right side of the building. The C2 Centre has gender-neutral family washrooms. If you require any accommodations related to this presentation, please contact us at (204)615.3951 or via email at

The Instructor has requested that all participants wear face masks. Thank you for complying.

Admission is free. Please consider a $5 donation if you are able.


August 23
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Category:


Manitoba Crafts Museum & Library
View Organizer Website


C2 Centre for Craft
1 - 329 Cumberlan Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1T2 Canada
+ Google Map
1 (204) 615. 3951
View Venue Website
Skip to content