Crafts

Crafts information at the library can encompass knitting patterns, quilting designs, basketweaving instructions, cross stitch diagrams, fine wood-working techniques, step-by-step watercolor painting, advice for sketching human figures, scrapbooking and cardmaking inspiration and many other crafty topics. Whether you are a novice looking to try something new or a life-long crafter checking out the newest titles in your area of expertise, the library supports your enthusiasm for your artistic hobbies with books, DVDs, magazines and even a database of information on craft topics.

Featured Crafts Titles

Open “Christmas quilts from Hopscotch : warm and cozy” in catalog Christmas quilts from Hopscotch : warm and cozy Open “Felting for baby : 25 warm & woolly projects for t…” in catalog Felting for baby : 25 warm & woolly projects for t… Open “Hot textiles : inspiration and techniques with hea…” in catalog Hot textiles : inspiration and techniques with hea… Open “Knit scarves! : 16 cool patterns to keep you warm” in catalog Knit scarves! : 16 cool patterns to keep you warm Open “Knitting new mittens and gloves : warm and adorn y…” in catalog Knitting new mittens and gloves : warm and adorn y… Open “Warm fuzzies : 30 sweet felted projects” in catalog Warm fuzzies : 30 sweet felted projects
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Not Your Grandma’s Embroidery

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Recycled, Upcycled Holiday

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