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.

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You Can Draw!

Did you like to draw when you were a child, but stopped? Here are some ideas to start drawing again!

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Things to do at the Green Fair

Besides visiting with our Green Fair exhibitors and picking up information, there’s a lot of other things going on at the same time. Here are just a few.

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Get Crafty – It’s Good for You!

Studies have shown that crafting has effects that are similar to meditation, and it can help folks who suffer from anxiety, depression, or chronic pain.

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Photography – from different angles

I spoke with four library staff members whose talents include photography. Here is what I learned.

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Topeka Competition 32

Exciting new 3-D art and craft works are on display in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery.

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Handcrafted Holidays!

Here come the holidays – time to gather up the art and craft supplies and get busy!

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Altered books at your library!

There is something that feels sort of rebellious and edgy about altering books.

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Upcycle Your Wardrobe!

There are lots of ways to update your wardrobe – and they don’t all involve sewing! You can go for a look that is edgy, off-beat, casual or haute couture.

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Free Art Supplies in Your Own Backyard!

Summer is a great time to collect natural materials to use in your arts and crafts.

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70s Craft Saturdays

Explore craft fads from the 1970s with make-and-take activities for the whole family.

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The Cutting Edge of Quilting

The library has quilting resources for traditionalists and newbies alike.

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Thinking Outside the House

March is a time of year when the weather is even more of a wild card than usual, but it’s a perfect time to start planning my summer gardens, and naturally, the library is my go-to place for ideas and information.


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