Crafting and Handwork on the Web
July 11, 2012
Those of you who follow me know that my passion is knitting. However, I also love counted cross-stitch, sewing, needlepoint, embroidery, beadwork, etc. In today’s world, pattern books are dear and you usually pay full price, but there are only one or two patterns/items that will ever be completed. By checking out our databases, you can save money by printing out only the pattern you want. How awesome is that! I have to admit that I am one of the least knowledgeable of Internet users. However, as a tool, it is fantastic! Why, look at the MCPL webpage for a start. If you access our Online Resources, you can get into our Research Databases and connect to our Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center. What a treasure chest of topics! Needlecrafts and textiles are brilliant!
Our website is also brilliant! If you want a particular creator (for example, Kim Hargreaves is a designer for Rowan and I love her designs), you may find a few books with her designs in catalog, but not enough to sate your needs. Sooooo, I looked in WorldCat and I hit pay dirt. I couldn’t keep up with the various pattern books that came in for me!
On the web, there are many glorious groups and blogs. As a knitter, my favorites are Ravelry, which is also for crochetters (is that a word?), and Knitting Paradise. There are also great groups for all areas of crafting. When one has a question regarding a technique or a stitch or a "how to," one can generally get demos and answers via YouTube.
Between crafting, fun on the web, and taking care of career and family, why not take time for YOU. Join us at the Boardwalk Branch on Thursday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. Bring your current project and share some of your completed articles. You are welcome to bring in your drink of choice (non-alcoholic of course) and join us.