This month, the display case in the lobby is overflowing with works of art built by our local fiber artists. Such lovely texture and color -- all hand-done! This talented group of women has been together as a group since meeting in 2009 at a garage sale and realizing all they had in common. They meet once a week here at the Library to spin, knit, crochet, comb fiber, and solve all the world problems. They are supportive, talented, and lead busy, productive lives. Some have their own fiber flocks to shepherd.
Smithville's Homeschoolers @ the Library made 3-D snowflakes this December. Before the class, branch staff made a few to help the instructor determine what steps might be the most difficult. We hung these staff "flakes" over our circulation desk. Whoa! Everyday a patron would ask, "Did you make those? They're great! Do you have a pattern I could copy?" So, we thought we would share our snowflake fun with everyone.
All you need is 6 sheets of paper, a ruler, pencil, scissors, glue or tape, and a stapler.
One cure for this is to learn something new. What about learning to crochet? If you have always wanted to learn, now is your opportunity. The Grain Valley Branch is offering a class for beginners on February 1st at 11:00 a.m. Crochet is a hobby that does not take a lot of money to start, just a hook and some yarn.
Come and get some personal one-on-one instruction and learn a new skill.
Recently, while watching a travel show, I saw a lady making needle lace in Burano, Italy. I had seen pictures of this lace before, but I didn't know what it was called or how it was made. Well, of course because I’m a crafter, curiosity got the best of me. I logged on to MCPL'S online catalog and discovered that there were several nonfiction books about the history of lace and instructions on making several different kinds.
Did you know March is National Craft Month? We love our monthly celebrations here at this Library.
National Craft Month observes taking the time out to do something creative, and that just screams "LIBRARY!" Is it time to let your creative impulses roam free? Stop by and we can find something to spur you on.
Looking for a craft circle to be a part of? Well, you’re in luck! Blue Ridge offers a NeedleCrafters program every third Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. If you quilt, crochet, knit, sew, or do any other crafting with needles, then this is the group for you!
Come join us for our next meeting on May 16th, bring a project with you, and we’ll share ideas and advice with one another; and you’ll finally finish that project that’s been sitting around since last year!
When it comes to hobbies, I will admit that my tastes are rather eclectic. However, one of them happens to be a fun and cheap way to make a craft, and sometimes spend a day. I like to make my own rubber stamps. To make a rubber stamp, all you need is a rubber eraser, a pencil, and an X-Acto knife. The only caveat to this craft is that it should probably only be undertaken by ages ten and up, due to the danger of slicing fingers with the knife.
When the weather starts to turn cold, it’s always a sign for me to start knitting up my holiday handmade gifts. I am the type of knitter who waits until the last minute to start working on projects, so knits that are short, sweet, and to the point are perfect.
This year’s plan for holiday gifts: Hats.
I’ve already had the chance to place several books on hold for needlecrafts and have looked through some books with great patterns to base my hats on.