Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Occupation and the Artist
Using Creative Making to Redesign Life After Stroke

Using Creative Making to Redesign Life After Stroke


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Download Balance for Better Blanket (937 KB)

Download Betty Mouat Cowl Scarf (96 KB)

Download Photo of Kate Davies (2010) (211 KB)

Download Observatory Hap (105 KB)

Download Observatory Hap 2 (140 KB)

Download Elizabeth Montagu Blue Stockings (135 KB)

Download Photo of Kate Davies (2021) (94 KB)

Download Paper Dolls Pattern (264 KB)

Download Oa Hoody Pattern (148 KB)

Download Owls Pattern (117 KB)

Download Coofle Pattern (105 KB)

Download Green Shoots Mittens (378 KB)

Download Vintage Hap Stretcher (210 KB)

Download Covered Buttons (100 KB)

Download Downstream Cardigan Pattern (106 KB)

Download Donegal Yarns (598 KB)


Kate Davies, a knitwear designer and author based in Scotland, provided the cover art for the Winter 2022 edition of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT). “Balance for Better” is a blanket made from wool and mohair. The blanket consists of 30 individual squares designed and knitted by KDD & Co. employees. The colors and pattern of each square reflect the work, achievements, and legacy of the inspirational women celebrated in the blanket. At age 36, Kate suffered a near fatal stroke that left her paralyzed on the left side of her body. Forced to give up her career as an academic lecturer, she used the meaningful occupation of knitting to create a new path. Through knitting, Kate redesigned her life.


occupation, occupational therapy, knitting, knitwear design, stroke, brain injury, Kate Davies


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Using Creative Making to Redesign Life After Stroke