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Coming Up…in the Hatcher Library Gallery

Wednesday, December 1, 5:30-7:00PM. Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery in Room 100 (use Diag entrance) 913 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI

Being in Pictures: A Conversation with Joanne Leonard and Sidonie Smith

Are you interested in art? Photography? The lives of women? Join us for a conversation with author Joanne Leonard and Sidonie Smith, U-M Professor of Women's Studies and English. In Joanne Leonard’s book, Being in Pictures: An Intimate Photo Memoir, she uses her personal experiences as a feminist artist, academic, single mom, identical twin, and daughter of an Alzheimer's patient to create evocative art and heartfelt writing. The conversation will explore the creative process and the ideas the work inspires. Followed by a book sale and signing, courtesy of the Michigan Union Barnes & Noble. Sponsored by The Author's Forum.

Wool Toys & Friends

Wool toys & friends by Laurie Sharp ; photography by Kevin Sharp — If you've never needle felted before, you might think it's difficult, but it is so easy to pick up, and the projects you can create are so cute! You can learn more about the author and see even more needle felted items at her blog, WoolPets, and see loads of her creations in her galleries.

Fairy Tale Fun Family Storytime

This family storytime is for princes and princesses of all ages. Bring your queen or king (mom or dad) to a royal storytime of fanciful fairytales on Saturday, December 4 from 2:00-3:00PM. We will read stories and make a fancy magical craft. Dress in royal regalia and enjoy being noble for a day!

This Sunday: Fall Harvest Market in Canton

A virtual cornucopia of foods and other items for your Thanksgiving feast will be available to buy at Canton's Fall Harvest Market this Sunday, November 21, from 9:00AM to 2:00PM at the Cady-Boyer Barn, in Preservation Park at 500 N. Ridge Rd. (approx. 1/4 mile north of Cherry Hill Rd.). Nearly two dozen local Michigan farmers and vendors will offer market favorites, including: turkeys, pie pumpkins, farm eggs, apples, spices, cider, natural meats, stuffing, artisan breads, salad greens, winter squash, sausage, pasta, honey, pies and other baked goods, pierogi, flower arrangements, dog treats and much more. Some vendors are taking pre-orders for your convenience.

Embroidery Companion

Embroidery companion: classic designs for modern living: 30 projects in decorative embroidery, counted cross stitch, and crewelwork by Alicia Paulson — Paulson has a real knack for taking simple, classic techniques and giving them a contemporary edge. Her style is folksy but not dated. Keep up with her latest projects at her blog, Posie Gets Cozy.

Knitting 24/7

Knitting 24/7 : 30 stylish projects for busy knitters ; hats, scarves, socks, bags, mitts, and more for busy, passionate knitters by Veronik Avery ; photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy ; styling by Karen Schaupeter — These projects are not only handy accessories that you'll want to have at hand in your wardrobe, they're also, for the most part, portable so you can take them with you while you're making them. Check out a photo gallery online, and then pick up the book from CPL.

Bags in Bloom

Bags in bloom : create 20 unique flower purses with simple embroidery stitches and easy-to-sew patterns by Susan Cariello — For anyone starting out with embroidery, this book has a superb stitch gallery, illustrating a number of techniques in large color photographs. Also included are instructions for constructing a number of types of handbags, and for finishing an embroidered handbag neatly.

Jill Eaton's Knitting School

Jil Eaton's knitting school : the complete guide to becoming a confident knitter by Jil Eaton ; photographs by Nina Fuller — This book has everything the beginning knitter needs to know, and illustrates it all with clear color photographs and drawings. There are also some neat beginner projects, way more interesting than the typical scarf, though that's included, too. Who thought their first project could be a hand puppet? It can be!

Stitched So Cute

Stitched so cute! by Mary Engelbreit — Parents or grandparents looking for cute projects to decorate their children's rooms, look no further. Everyone else, there are also a lot of adorable projects here for you, too! Complete with patterns and instructions, this book offers the tools to make the projects pictured and then expand to your own original ideas. The toadstool pincushion is my favorite, what's yours?

Dare to Be Square Quilting

Dare to be square quilting : a block-by-block guide to making patchwork and quilts by Boo Davis — This guide to quilt-making lays out the basics for the beginner and offers some really cool project ideas and patterns. Watch a trailer for the book to see some of the neat designs.

Seniors Share Your Creativity

Do you love to paint, sculpt, write, carve, dance, bead, play an instrument, sing, embroider, metalwork, or anything in between?

The Institute of Gerontology (IOG) at Wayne State University wants to showcase the creativity of Michigan’s older adults (55 or older) at the Twelfth Annual Art of Aging Successfully to be held on March 24, 2011. For an entry form click here or for more information contact: Donna MacDonald — Institute of Gerontology — Wayne State University — 87 East Ferry, Detroit, MI 48202. Phone: (313) 577-2297 or Email: ba8841@wayne.edu

[Logo: Wayne State University/Institute of Gerontology. 2010]

Brave New Knits

Brave new knits : 26 projects and personalities from the knitting blogosphere by Julie Turjoman ; foreword by Jessica Marshall Forbes ; photography by Jared Flood — If you follow knitting blogs, many of the names here will sound familiar: Stefanie Japel, Shannon Okey, Hilary Smith Callis, and more. Included here are many sweaters (lots of them cardigans), hats, scarves, socks, and more.

Thanksgiving Picture Books

Give thanks for the picture book with these wonderful Thanksgiving stories. Enjoy some turkey tales while waiting for the special holiday to arrive!

Gus, the pilgrim turkey by Teresa Bateman ; illustrated by Ellen Joy Sasaki



The Berenstain Bears' Thanksgiving by Stan & Jan Berenstain



An old-fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott ; illustrated by James Bernardin

The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook

The sewing machine attachment handbook by Charlene Phillips — Many of us who sew start out with the basic presser foot and can sew happily for quite some time without the need to use any other attachments. But there are a ton of useful attachments that can make particular sewing techniques a breeze, and allow you to expand your repertoire to include effects you might have thought were too complicated. Just flipping through this book, I discovered several attachments I'd never heard of which I know will save me time and effort.

Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet

Gifted : lovely little things to knit and crochet by Mags Kandis — As the cold weather comes in, we're all looking for something cozy to keep us warm. These projects, which are knitted, crocheted, and some felted, are ideal gifts because they are all so manageable in size that they won't take very long to make.

Fall Crafts

Pumpkins, turkeys and leaves abound, as there are so many fun crafts to offer kids and parents this time of year. Trim your Thanksgiving table with some special additions, or learn how to make a delicious turkey treat to gobble up. There are plenty of ideas out there to inspire your creativity and fun!

Simply Sublime Gifts

Simply sublime gifts : high-style, low-sew projects to make in a snap by Jodi Kahn ; photography by Scott Jones ; illustrations by Kate Francis — We all love the idea of a handmade gift, but often it's difficult to make the time to create something from scratch. No worries! Here you'll find nearly 30 gifts that you can make from materials as easily at hand as dishtowels, shammy cloths, and empty cardboard containers like cereal boxes. Some of the patterns are even available online.

The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting

The complete photo guide to knitting by Margaret Hubert — This guide is a perfect choice for someone just learning to knit, but is also a handy reference for more experienced knitters. The photographs are extremely clear, making it easy to connect the instructions with the look of the technique being demonstrated. There are also a handful of fun patterns appropriate for beginner to intermediate knitters.

Knit Night

Drop in and join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. All ages and stages are welcome.
Monday, November 8th at 7:00PM
Monday, December 13th at 7:00PM

Quilt Night

Drop in and join other quilters to share ideas, skills, patterns and scraps. All skill levels are welcome at 7:00PM on November 3 and the first Wednesday of each month.
Next date will be December 1st. Registration not required.