What do you do when your craft muse takes a vacation? I wanted to scrapbook after a long time away from the art, but felt my inspiration lagging. I needed a visual jump start! How had other people creatively constructed their scrapbook pages?
Have you ever wanted to learn to crochet? Would you like to have one-on-one instruction right in your home? The library has some great DVD's that can show you step by step how to crochet. A good way to learn at your own pace in your own home is to use a video. The video, I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting, is an excellent one to start with. Learning something new can help stimulate the mind.
I was walking through an outdoor art fair this weekend and was impressed by the pretty gourd art one of the vendors had for sale. There were dozens of different shapes and sizes for the gourds, and they were made into a number of interesting items. Some of them were birdhouses. Others were wall hangings, candleholders, beautiful containers and necklaces.
Who doesn't love turning a boring piece of paper into a work of art?! Recently, Midori Ito Harbison visited the Smithville Branch to teach us some basic techniques. I've always loved origami paper; it's so colorful and bright. Some of the cool stuff we got to make? A samurai hat, a fish, a cool box, a piano with a bench, and of course - a crane!
Did you know that catapults can fire projectiles up to 1,300 feet, or that many ancient civilizations including the Romans, the Greeks, and the Chinese used catapults in warfare? These are just a couple of the interesting things our Discovery Club learned at last week's tween program, Catapult Craze.
Soon autumn will be upon us. The leaves will fall, the days will get shorter, and we will be looking for ways to stay inside and stay warm. Why not warm up with a hobby or a good book? Our chosen hobby here in Weston is knitting. We are getting out our needles and yarn...and of course, our books. Come check out our books on knitting, and when you put down the needles for a while, you can read a good fiction book about knitting too. We have something for everyone.
Do you quilt? Crochet? Knit? Any needlework is welcome. Bring your ideas and projects to the Oak Grove Stitchers Circle. We meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm. Beginners and experienced crafters are welcome as we share ideas, and teach each other new skills.
Beginners can check out these titles to get started:
Are you looking for fun crafts to do at your local library? The Red Bridge Branch offers crafts for 9-12 year olds, one Monday night per month. In the past, we have offered such varied programs as Intricate Paper Snowflakes, Celebrate Chinese New Year, Ancient Egypt Artifacts, and most recently we had Cardboard Castle Construction!
Learn to Tat with Wilma K. is one of the most requested adult programs ever offered at the Edgerton Branch. So for all of our tatting enthusiast, the new book, Tatting Jewellery by Lyn Morton, is coming to the library shelves near you! Check out this trendy twist to the old fashioned art of stitching heirloom lace.