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The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques

The dressmaker's handbook of couture sewing techniques : essential step-by-step techniques for professional results by Lynda Maynard — Making your own clothing, or making for others, can be deeply satisfying, but when the insides don't look as good as the outsides or the garment can't survive being laundered, one can quickly get frustrated. This book offers instructions for techniques for finishing, for showing off special details, for hiding what you don't want to show off, and for selecting the right techniques for your project. Also included is a directory of fine fabrics, including how to handle them and special techniques that will help preserve their luxury feel.

75 Birds, Butterflies, & Little Beasts to Knit and Crochet

75 birds, butterflies & little beasts to knit and crochet by Lesley Stanfield — Amigurumi and critter knitting have gotten quite popular lately, and this book brings a natural approach to each. Included here are patterns for flowers, bugs, leaves, sea life, fruit and veg, and even eggs and bird nests. All of the projects within are realistic rather than cartoonish, and some even use non-traditional knitting/crochet materials such as raffia.

Happy Birthday Yoda!

Happy Birthday Yoda! Well, actually, it isn't exactly Yoda's birthday but the big day for Frank Oz. He was born on May 25th, so you still have time to get a card out to him. The library has many great books with a Star Wars theme and also materials on his other genius voice work, the Muppets! Enjoy!

Puppet Kits

Did you know we have puppets at the library? Did you know that we have created Puppet Kits for you to enjoy? The puppet kits contain a picture book and puppet to help bring the story to life. You can have an adventure with Curious George, get lost with Max and the Wild Things, or fight off the Big Bad Wolf with the 3 Little Pigs. Your adventures begin along the purple wall near the DVD's in the Children's Department.

Mastering Color Knitting

Mastering color knitting : simple instructions for stranded, intarsia, and double knitting by Melissa Leapman — Colorwork techniques are among the most intimidating to many knitters. It's so easy to get your strands tangled, or for a carefully worked intarsia pattern to end up puckered or stretched. This book includes a lot of instructions as well as tips for making your colorwork come out looking like you hoped it would, and has twelve projects to try.

Wild Color

Wild color : the complete guide to making and using natural dyes by Jenny Dean — This guide not only provides instructions on how to dye your own yarn, it also includes an extensive, detailed list of plants you can use to make your own natural dyes. In addition, there is a handy chart for determining what dyeing method is best for which types of fiber, and each plant listing shows swatches of what colors you can expect to create with it. Many of these plants may already be growing in your garden!

Weekly Farmers Market Returns May 15th

The 2011 season debut of Canton's Farmers Market is Sunday, May 15, 10:00AM to 2:00PM (rain or shine) at Preservation Park, 500 N Ridge Rd (just 1/3 mile north of Cherry Hill Rd.). The open-air market runs every Sunday until Oct. 16 (except July 3) and features a variety of local Michigan-grown and made foods and crafts. You'll find seasonal produce, farm eggs, natural meats, sauces, pastas, artisan breads and cheeses, honey, plants, fresh-cut flowers, and crafts.

Miller's Costume Jewelry

Miller's costume jewelry by Judith Miller — This book is a guide to costume jewelry, with basic information about the evolution of costume jewelry throughout history as well as a visual guide to pieces by various designers. Throughout the guide, there are sidebars that highlight the jewelry worn by famous people, including actresses, first ladies, and others.

CPL Quilt Group

Join us this Wednesday at 7:00PM in the Purple Room. Marjorie will be giving us a demonstration of Freezer Paper Applique. She will show us some tricks she has learn to get sharp points and smooth curves. I have heard from several people that this is one demonstration no quilter should miss.

The complete guide to quilting techniques : essential techniques and step-by-step projects for making beautiful quilts by Pauline Brown — If you are looking for a book to explain this technique, try this one.

Press Here

Kids, press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book will tell you to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and then discover what will happen next! Press Here is great for large groups like storytime, or fun for just one. It is a fantastic "interactive" book; as good, if not better than any new app you can download! We here at CPL give it two BIG thumbs up!

Let Your Creativity Take Wing!

Don't miss the single biggest annual scrapbooking event in the state! The Rock Financial Center in Novi will once again be the place to let your creativity take wing. Registration is now open for this event which takes place May 5-7, 2011. This popular destination features shopping, cropping and great opportunities to learn from industry experts. For more information visit the MegaMeet website. Can't make it to the meet? Draw inspiration from one of the many great books on this craft in our CPL scrapbooking collection

130 Mini Quilt Block

130 mini quilt blocks : a collection of exquisite patchwork blocks using ready-made fabric bundles by Susan Briscoe — If you're looking to get started with quilting or looking to find a use for all the fabric packs in your stash, this book is a great resource. It not only has 130 quilt block patterns, but also includes ideas for projects to use those quilt blocks, including a mini tote bag, a pillow, a hot pad, and more. Learn more about the author at her website, and join us at our Quilt Group which meets once a month (check the Program Calendar for dates).

All Dolled Up

All dolled up : sewing clothes and accessories for girls and their 18-inch dolls by Joan Hinds — Do any of the little girls in your life have American Girl or other 18" dolls? This book includes instructions and patterns for over a dozen articles of clothing and accessories for both dolls and the little girls who love them. A few variations for 15" baby dolls are also included. You can see a video about the book and check out more about the author at her website, Fancywork and Fashion.

Built by Wendy: Coats & Jackets

Built by Wendy coats & jackets: the Sew U guide to making outerwear easy by Wendy Mullin, with Eviana Hartman — Wendy Mullin has a system for sewing that involves clear instructions and patterns, plenty of diagrams, and a little contemporary flair on the classics. Here you can find how-tos for over twenty variations on three basic designs: fitted, basic, and straight coats and jackets.

Studio Secrets: Millinery

Millinery by Estelle Ramousse ; Fabienne Gambrelle ; photography, Florent de La Tullaye — This book starts with a brief history of hat-making and then takes you right into the workshop to see exactly how to make hats. A professional milliner shows step-by-step how to construct your own hats in several styles and using a variety of sewing and other techniques.

Hobbyists and Hackers Unite

On Saturday, June 25th from 1:00-5:00PM, CPL will host some of the most creative hobbyists and hackers in the Metro Detroit Area for our second CPL Hack Day. Our Community Room will be full of demonstrations and presentations of hacks ranging from robotics to web apps to modded IKEA furniture to scrapbooking.

If you or someone you know is a 'hacker' in a special field; if you have ingenious and/or unconventional workarounds and solutions, then consider doing a presentation or having a demo table at Hack Day. Time slots and planning discussion can be found at the Hack Day CantonWiki page. For any questions, please contact Brad Czerniak at czerniakb@cantonpl.org.

Tooth Fairies

Hey kids, have you lost a tooth recently? Ever wondered how the tooth fairy came to visit you? Now you can go on an adventure with April and Esme Tooth Fairies to find out. April and Esme get a special request from Daniel's Grandma to make their first ever "tooth visit" on the title page of this book. Discover what it takes to be a tooth fairy and what they do if the child begins to wake up. If you liked April and Esme, you may enjoy our other tooth fairy adventures.

International Children's Book Day

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. This years theme, The Book Remembers, comes from Estonia. ICBD promotes the idea that children's books can help children learn about people from other countries, learn to appreciate and respect other cultures, and learn to get along with others. Here are some of the great books available to help you celebrate the day:

Global babies

Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox; illustrations by Helen Oxenbury

Rust Belt/Artist Belt III

On April 6 and 7, artists, creative business owners and practitioners, educators, and designers will explore how post-industrial Rust Belt cities are being shaped by creative individuals in the areas of economic and community development, entrepreneurship, and land use.

The event is hosted by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center in partnership with ArtServe Michigan at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education at 406 W. Baltimore in Detroit. The theme is Cultivating Talent and Innovation to Transform Post-Industrial Cities. Learn more and register today.

Bags Pillows and Pincushions

Bags pillows & pincushions — Do you want to sew a bag, a pillow, or a pincushion? Look no further! This book has got you covered. The patterns contained here are designed to showcase beautiful fabrics as well as to be useful. As you can see on the cover, some patterns also provide an opportunity to embroider and use things like buttons to embellish your projects. These patterns range from beginning to more advanced skill levels.