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Little Green Dresses

Little green dresses: 50 original patterns for repurposed dresses, tops, skirts, and more by Tina Sparkles; photographer, Erica Beckman — Looking for a way to refresh your wardrobe without spending big bucks? Here you'll find lots of ideas for revamping existing clothing in your closet or from a thrift store, places to find inexpensive fabric, and sewing instructions for all levels. These patterns are printed so that you can photocopy onto larger paper and sew from there. Check out this Q&A with author Tina Sparkles at Craftzine.com.

The Felted Bag Book

The felted bag book : 21 simple projects for every occasion by Susie Johns

Are you in the market for a sturdy bag that you can make yourself? You may find just the thing in this book of over twenty felted projects. They range from clutches to purses to totes and use a variety of techniques: knitting, crochet, wet felting, and reusing existing materials. Crafters with some experience will have a head start, but there are also projects here for beginners.

Eco Books

Eco books : inventive projects from the recycling bin by Terry Taylor

Handmade books sound neat, but how easy is it to actually make one? Turns out, pretty easy! You can take materials you have around the house and make them into books in a variety of styles. This book shows how to make forty different types of books ranging from easy (complete in an afternoon or less) to more advanced styles that might take a little longer. You can also reuse a ton of different materials for the covers, including egg cartons, cardboard, fabric, an old mouse pad, cereal boxes, and lots of others.

Quilting Night

Quilting group meets on the first Wednesday night of each month from 7:00-8:45PM in the Community Room. Bring your quilts to show and ideas to share with the other quilters. The library has a large collection of books on quilting. Browse through our collection and enjoy your evening.

Sew Retro

Sew retro : 25 vintage-inspired projects for the modern girl & a stylish history of the sewing revolution by Judi Ketteler
This book is a treasure trove for the home sewer. It offers quick glimpses into the history of home sewing and includes easy projects inspired by vintage pieces. The vintage color photographs and illustrations are enough to make this a fun book to flip through, but the projects are also great for hobby seamstresses at any level.

Crazy Quilt

Recently my sister gave me a section of crazy quilt that our great-grandmother had made. This inspired me to find out about how it was made. I found a book… The Magic of Crazy Quilting by Marsha Michler. It turn out to be a great resource. It covered the construction of the quilt as well as some history.

If you are interested in quilting join the Quilting Group on October 6 in the Community Room at the Library.

Hattitude: Knits for Every Mood

Hattitude : knits for every mood by Cathy Carron

Want to make a hat? Got little to no knitting experience, or maybe just some easy patterns that you can whip through? This book has got you covered with forty different designs using a wide variety of yarns. From a cloche to a stocking cap to a fedora, if you can name a hat, it's probably in here. My favorite is the Aloof (which is also available free online). What's yours?

MAP Program Updates

Starting October 1, 2010 Museum Adventure Pass kicks off with nine new participants. Added to the program are:The following organizations will no longer be participating:
  • Cranbrook House and Gardens
  • Ford Rouge Factory Tour
  • Henry Ford Estate, Fairlane
  • Paint Creek Center for the Arts

Simple Sewing

Simple sewing: the complete illustrated machine-side reference of tips and techniques by Beth Baumgartel
Have you ever needed to mend a ripped seam, or wanted to make your own simple curtains, but weren't sure where to start? These and many, many other projects are detailed here, along with basic guides to sewing machines, working with patterns, and a guide to fabrics. This is an ideal book to have at hand when sewing at home.

100 Afghans to Knit & Crochet

100 afghans to knit & crochet by Jean Leinhauser & Rita Weiss

100 afghans is a lot of blankets! But you'll be glad for the selection when you look through this book, because you can choose just the right design to suit your taste. There are more crochet patterns than knit, but the variety is still quite impressive. You can also find one of each available free online: Americana (crochet) and Rainbow Rib (knit).

The Sewing Answer Book

The sewing answer book by Barbara Weiland Talbert
This handy little book has answers to hundreds of the most common questions home sewers find themselves asking. If you've got a problem working with plaids, need help adjusting a pattern to fit your personal size, or wonder what maintenance your machine might need, this book has the answer.

Button It Up

Button it up: 80 amazing vintage button projects for necklaces, bracelets, embellishments, housewares, & more by Susan Beal
Buttons are ubiquitous, but how many of us think to use them for more than just functional purposes? This book outlines dozens of colorful projects for all kinds of buttons. You can also check out the Button It Up! blog, which has further instructions and ideas.

Art Cloth

Art cloth : a guide to surface design for fabric by Jane Dunnewold
This book contains detailed how-to instructions for embellishing your own one-of-a-kind fabrics. From dyes to paints, stamps to stencils, screenprinting to resists, there are a myriad of techniques here with which you can make your fabric unique and beautiful.

New England Knits

New England knits: timeless knitwear with a modern twist by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre
When I think of New England and knitting, my first thought is of bulky cabled sweaters, but this book offers a wide variety of projects in a range of styles. Nothing here is oversize or stiflingly heavy, and there are even a number of small projects, like a the Brattleboro Hat and the Groveland Satchel.

Scandinavian Needlecraft

Scandinavian needlecraft: 35 step-by-step projects to create the Scandinavian home by Clare Youngs — Scandinavian embroidery has such a distinct, appealing look, and now this book shows us how to achieve it at home. Included here are a variety of projects for household items embellished with machine or hand embroidery in the Scandinavian style. Basic instructions on the techniques are also included, so these projects should be manageable for crafters at all skill levels.

Knitting Mochimochi

Knitting mochimochi : 20 super cute strange designs for knitted amigurumi by Anna Hrachovec ; photographs by Brandi Simons

This totally cute book includes patterns for twenty adorable knitted creatures and objects. It also includes basic knitting instructions and even has information about how to make sure your cute critters are safe for kids. I think my first project will be the Squirrels on Wheels. There are also some free patterns available on the Mochimochi blog (right sidebar).

Back to School

You've got something someone could use. Likewise, they may have something that would help you out. To help get over this economic hump, let's share. This month's exchange items are book bags, backpacks, lunch boxes and all things needed for school. You may drop your items off beginning one week prior to the exchange day and receive a certificate to use on September 8th between 10:00AM and Noon. Save a couple of bucks and still make the students happy with items new to them. Only items in excellent condition will be accepted.

Costume History at Costume Discounters

If you enjoy Halloween, are very theatrical, or just interested in the way people dressed way back when, check out Costume History at the Costume Discounters website. Each link takes you to different sites that highlight period dress from Ancient Egyptians up to the 1950s and some even include links for patterns for recreating the specific type of dress highlighted. Happy dressing!

Family Sunday at the DIA

Here's a chance to play with the art! Artist Andy Malone returns to the DIA this Sunday, August 22 to demonstrate games he has designed as well as allow visitors to play with some of the games. Andy's interactive creations have been previously exhibited at the DIA and galleries around Metro Detroit. Sunday's exhibit runs from 12:00-4:00PM

Silly Bandz/Silly Books

Books, bands and big smiles will all be a part of this silly program at the library. Kids will make a craft, and their own edible silly-band, and enjoy some stories and jokes together. Come enjoy this fun program before the school year starts. Kids can come wearing their silly bands and leave with a new silly band for their collection.
Where: Purple room
When: Wednesday, September 1st
1st and 2nd Graders from 10:00 - 10:45   Register Now!
3rd and 4th Graders from 11:30 - 12:15    Register Now!