Arts and Crafts
30-minute necklaces : 60 quick & creative projects for jewelers by Martha Le Van — If you're looking for instant gratification and DIY jewelry, it doesn't get much better than a new necklace in just thirty minutes. The sixty projects included here were created by a variety of designers, so everyone is sure to find something that suits their taste.
[Image from Post-it War website]
Modern top-down knitting : sweaters, dresses, skirts & accessories inspired by the technique of Barbara G. Walker by Kristina McGowan ; photographs by Gudrun Georges — Many knitters prefer to knit top-down. It often comes with benefits such as requiring less finishing, fewer pieces to handle, and the ease of being able to try on things like sweaters even when you've only made a little progress so far (just slip it over your head!). This book contains patterns for sweaters, dresses, hats, and even things that might not have a traditional "top," like wraps.
Big little felt universe : sew it, stuff it, squeeze it, fun! by Jeanette Lim — Felt is such an ideal medium for making cute things. It's soft, a little fuzzy around the edges, not terribly pricey, and it's really easy to work with. This book includes patterns and instructions to make an army of toys for your kids, or maybe just a cute object to have on your desk. From cake to fruit to burgers on the grill to a tool box full of tools, there are over 70 patterns included.
Knitting block by block by Nicky Epstein — It is amazing how many projects can be constructed by using blocks. In this book, renowned knitter and designer Nicky Epstein shows 150 different blocks you can use to create sweaters, afghans, bags, scarves, and a bunch of other items. She includes so many different techniques in these blocks that even experienced knitters may learn some new ones.
The homesteading handbook : a back to basics guide to growing your own food, canning, keeping chickens, generating your own energy, crafting, herbal medicine, and more by Abigail R. Gehring — Are you interested in being more self-sufficient? This book is truly a one-stop resource for virtually all aspects of homesteading including herbal medicine, useful crafting, keeping animals like chickens and goats, building sheds and other small structures, canning, generating energy, growing edibles, and more. If all that sounds like a lot of work, it also includes fun things like how to make your own ice cream.
The repurposed library : 33 craft projects that give old books new life by Lisa Occhipinti ; photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy — It can be so hard to say good-bye to an old book, even when it has lost its usefulness as a resource or story. This book provides a bunch of great ideas for repurposing them instead, including instructions for creating a birdhouse, a lamp, a chandelier, a clock, and many more. Perhaps you might find a re-purpose-able book in Second Hand Prose.
Who: Kids, Tweens and Teens, going into grades 4 & up
When: Friday, August 5, 1:00-2:30PM
Where: Library Community Room
Registration begins Friday, July 22
Simple knitting : a complete how-to-knit workshop with 20 projects by Erika Knight ; [photography by Yuki Sugiura] — The "simple" in the title of this book refers to the fact that knitting doesn't have to be difficult, but it also points to the streamlined, unadorned style of these projects. Made from mostly earth-toned yarns and in earth-friendly fibers, these knitted objects have a modern feel.
Who: Children, ages 5-9, with a caregiver
When: Monday, August 8, 1:00-1:45PM
Where: Library Community Room
Registration begins Monday, July 25.
Knitted wild animals : 15 adorable, easy-to-knit toys by Sarah Keen — If you're looking for a cuddly, cute gift for a child, it's hard to beat a handknit toy. Included here are patterns for animals including the tiger you see on the cover as well as for an elephant, zebra, panda, crocodile, snake, warthog, koala, moose, penguin and more. Also included are basic knitting instructions, tips for construction, and other helpful hints.
Program Date: Thursday, July 28, 10:00-10:45AM
[Photo by Carissa Rogers, used under Creative Commons License.]
The very easy guide to lace knitting : step-by-step techniques, easy-to-follow stitch patterns, and projects to get you started by Lynne Watterson — Lace knitting can be intimidating. It looks intricate and time-consuming and that tiny little yarn can seem difficult to work with. All of these things can be true, but they don't have to be! This book is a great place to start (or continue, if you're already familiar) and includes instructions, tips, basic stitch patterns, and project patterns for easy lace knitting.
- Wednesday, July 6, 7:00-8:30PM
- Thursday, July 7, 3:00-8:00PM
- Friday, July 8, 4:00-5:30PM
- Saturday, July 9, 2:00-5:30PM
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