Poke Around in our Crafting Books

Handmade items are in vogue these days (look no farther than Pinterest or Etsy for proof of that). Unleash your inner crafter at the library where trendy ideas abound for creative projects to keep, to give or to sell.

Click on the picture to go to our Hobbies and Crafts database for full text articles and photos of do-it-yourself ideas.

Check out pattern books, craft magazines, instructional DVDs and how-to beginner’s guides. Borrow these library resources and save your money for crafting supplies.

We’ve got books on knitting, crochet, spinning, quilting, scrapbooking, origami, card making, jewelry making, embroidery, beading, cross stitch, sewing and making holiday ornaments – plenty to keep you busy when the weather keeps you inside.

“Crafting lets you indulge your creative side and make something with your hands,” said Lissa Staley, librarian extraordinaire. “The library supports your passion by providing a stress-free environment with crafting programs for adults and kids and staff to assist you in finding the perfect pattern or technique, whatever your project is.”

Browse this crafting book display. It will be up for the next 2 weeks in the New Books area. It’s so convenient to find ideas for handmade holiday gift ideas.

The library can help you evolve as a crafter from simply following directions to tossing aside the templates and coming up with projects on your own.

For the knitter, Staley suggests books by Debbie Bliss, designer of yarns and patterns, or Debbie Stoller, creator of the popular Stitch ‘n Bitch series. For quilters, she recommends books by Tula Pink, fabric artist and DIY lifestyle evangelist, or books and magazines from PBS superstars Fons and Porter. For more books about crafts, read our crafts blog at tscpl.org/blog/crafts. There’s even craft fiction, like The Friday Night Knitting Club or the Elm Creek Quilts series, to further your enthusiasm for crafting.

Upcoming craft programs for adults:
Craft a Frugal Holiday, Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7pm in Marvin Auditorium 101A. Make and take two items ready for holiday gifting. Registration required. Call 580-4540.

Craft a Christmas Card, Thursday, Dec. 6 at 1pm and 7pm in Marvin Auditorium 101A. Registration required. Call 580-4540

Snow Much Fun Crafts (for adults and children), Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10am in the Story Zone. Enjoy a flurry of cutting, pasting and creating.

Knit/Crochet a Gatsby-era Cloche, Friday, Jan. 18 at 9am in Marvin Auditorium 101C. Have fashionable headgear as we unite as a community in reading The Great Gatsby.

Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.