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Yesterday was my dad’s birthday.  I wanted to make something for him that was a little different than my usual presents for him.  I won’t deny that the events of 9/11 were on my mind yesterday when I started working on this.  I had rummaged through some old maps and came across this one of North America and all I could think of were those old hand embroidered wall hangings saying “Home Sweet Home” that used to be so common in homes (or at least on TV show homes).  So, that’s sort of how this came about.  For those of you who didn’t know, my dad is blind.  And so, I wanted it a bit different.  I chose to spell out “Home Sweet Home” in braille using brads on this old map.

I started with a map (which was upcycled from the back of an old day planner).
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I marked out the words Home Sweet Home in braille (using an on-line English-Braille Translator) – because even though I learned the braille alphabet as a kid, I really don’t remember it well.  I taped this down to the map using low-tack tape.
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When the holes were punched, I removed my pattern (and tape) and started adding the brads and setting them.  I added a heart shaped brad where my dad lives.
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Once done, mount your art.  I cut a piece of foam board the same size as the map.  I used some spray adhesive and wrapped the foam board with the map (like a present)
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Here’s a view from the back.
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Secure that to your backing with spray adhesive.
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Return it to the frame (without the glass) and display!
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2 Comments on Braille Art

  1. trace
    September 12, 2011 at 8:15 PM (6 years ago)

    That’s awesome! See you at ‘quilt club’ on Thursday! Tracy

  2. Janine
    September 13, 2011 at 4:22 AM (6 years ago)

    This is a really great idea and made with so much love!


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