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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:

[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.

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

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?