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Textile Stim Toys by Katherine Bale

Stimtastic is excited to be introducing a new line of textile stim toys created by autistic artist Katherine Bale. 

Handmade Felt Fidget Balls

  Teal Felt Fidget Ball

Teal Felt Fidget Ball

This fun take on the classic stress ball is made from 100% 23-micron (very soft) Merino wool from non-mulesed sheep.

Each ball has a soft silky surface and a densely solid interior, making them our firmest yet softest-textured stress ball. Felt Fidget Balls are soft enough to squeeze, firm enough to bounce, and feel smooth and warm to touch, making them pleasant to simply hold.

Felt fidget balls come in 6 solid colors and each one is unique.

 

 

 

Handmade Cotton Fidget Cords

  Short Fidget Cords in Turquoise and Grape

Short Fidget Cords in Turquoise and Grape

Katherine came up with the idea for woven fidget cords based on the ties and straps on hoodies, sweat pants, and rucksacks that she likes to stim with. In addition to being a great stim toy, she hopes that the fidget cords will save some wear and tear on clothing as well.

The fidget cords come in two lengths, a 14-inch version that is long enough to wrap around the hand and firm enough to create pressure and an 8-inch version made from super soft yarn into a very soft lightweight fabric that is terrific for holding or running through your fingers.  

Each cord is handmade from 100% cotton and has a clip to attach to a belt loop, bag, key ring etc.

 

About the Artist

  Artist Katherine Bale

Artist Katherine Bale

Katherine Bale is an autistic fibre and textile artist working from home in Wales. Her stim toy designs are inspired by the everyday things that she likes to fidget with and a desire for natural material versions of fidget toys. 

Katherine began sewing at a very young age, started knitting and crocheting over ten years ago, and now spins, weaves, and felts as well. She has recently decided to use these skills and her passion for the unique properties and application of each natural fibre to start a business.

All of Katherine's designs are hand-made from natural materials. As someone who cares deeply about animal welfare and the environment, she chooses to only use wool from sources with high standards of welfare and to finish her pieces with cleaning products that are environmentally friendly, not tested on animals, and contain no animal ingredients. 

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Handheld Chewable Stim Toys

Stimtastic's chewable stim toys are made of the same food-grade silicone as our chewable jewelry. Each one is a unique mix of textures and shapes, making them fun tactile stim toys that are safe for chewing too. 

Chewable silicone elephant, smooth on the front and bumpy on the back

Handheld chewables are durable and flexible, which means they are suitable for light, moderate  and moderately aggressive chewers. 

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Chewable Unicorn

Handheld Stim Toy

Chewable Raccoon

Handheld Stim Toy

Each handheld chewable has at least one cutout, making it easy to attach to a lanyard or cord for safekeeping. Most are also small enough to be tucked into a pocket. Whether you keep your chewable stowed in your bag or use it as a fun desk accessory, you'll be comforted by knowing that it's never far away when you need it. 

Chewable Owl

Handheld Stim Toy

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What Kind of Chewer Are You?

Many of the product descriptions for Stimtastic's chewable jewelry mention the level of chewing that the piece is suitable for. But how do you know what kind of chewer you are?

Generally we describe the levels of chewing as light, moderate or aggressive.

You are an aggressive chewer if you often destroy objects, such as pens, pencils, erasers or clothing by chewing on them. You're a light chewer, in contrast, if you leave some tooth marks on those types of objects when chewing or if you find yourself putting objects in your mouth without necessarily biting down on them. You're a moderate chewer if you fall somewhere between the two--sometimes damaging objects by chewing on them but not regularly shredding objects to pieces.

 

Aggressive Chewing

For aggressive chewers, we recommend pendants that are very thick (such as the Phoenix) or that have a wide, thick section (such as the Annular, Mushroom or Droplet Pendants) which stands up longer to heavy chewing. Ultimately any silicone piece will be broken down by aggressive chewing, but choosing the right piece for your chewing style can maximize the life of your chewable.

The cuff bracelet (left) is also a good option for aggressive chewers who bite their wrists or hands. The wide, cuff style bracelet is durable and provides a convenient, protective layer over the skin of the wrist or arm. 

 

 

Moderate Chewing

For moderate chewers, we recommend our more compact pendants (such as the Alien or the Kleintastic) and our medium weight Faceted bracelet. Of course moderate chewers may also enjoy the pendants designed for aggressive chewers, particularly if they are looking for the kind of feedback that a firmer or denser piece provides. Many of our handheld chewables are also suitable for moderate chewers. 

 Thanks to it's flat woven structure, the Braid pendant is able to accommodate moderate to heavy chewing, while still creating an understated look.

Thanks to it's flat woven structure, the Braid pendant is able to accommodate moderate to heavy chewing, while still creating an understated look.

 

Light Chewing

For light chewers, we recommend one of our smaller or softer chewables such as the Dulcimer or Trapezoid pendants.  Many of our lighter pendants are also suitable for those who are looking for oral sensory feedback without chewing (for example, having a clean, safe object to suck on or hold in the mouth without chewing).

 The slim profile of the Trapezoid pendant makes it suitable for light chewers or those who are oral sensory seekers. 

The slim profile of the Trapezoid pendant makes it suitable for light chewers or those who are oral sensory seekers. 

 

Does your chewing style vary? Check out the No Gloom 'Shroom. With a thick durable umbrella and a contoured flexible stem, it provides options for light to aggressive chewing. The stem is also ideal for sucking on.