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Sep 9 2010

Needle Crafters Unite!!!

by Tamika S

Recently, I discovered the joy of crocheting. My mother, who has been crocheting since she was 12, tried to teach me when I was younger.  My response then was “it’s boring!” and all I learned to do was a long line of chain stitches.  Fast forward X number of years later, with the help of a co-worker, I became interested in it and the rest is history.  As any crafter will tell you, once you start a hobby, you find yourself spending a great deal of time and money gathering materials, whether you need them for a project or not.  A room or area of your house becomes your work area and craft stores become one of your favorite places to visit.

If this sounds like you, add the Library to your list.  The Library offers a large selection of print and audiovisual materials to help you develop or hone your skills in any needle craft. Here are a few to help you get started:

Crocheting School:  A Complete Course by Sterling Publishing Company

The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet by Margaret Hubert.

I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting [DVD] by Leisure Arts

Getting Started Knitting by Jennifer Worick

I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting [DVD] by Leisure Arts

Teach Yourself Visually Quilting by Sonja Hakala

The Art of Quilting [DVD] by Wisconsin Public Television

Did I pique your interest?  Do you need more than a book or a DVD to teach you how to crochet a scarf in time for the winter?  Well, in addition to materials, the Library offers classes on various crafts and there are even needle craft groups who meet monthly in the Library.  Here’s a link to the Library’s Arts and Crafts Events Calendar where you can find a listing for a crochet class at the Gresham Branch, the Knitting Circle at the Scott Candler Branch, the Brown Sugar Stitchers at the Wesley Chapel Branch, the newly formed Teen Crochet Group starting at Decatur in a few weeks, and the Creative Expressions Crochet Group who is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary on Saturday, September 11th with our annual Crochet Fashion Show.  If you are in the area, come on by and join us and see what fabulous things you can make with a hook or needle, some yarn, a little bit of time, and imagination.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura September 14, 2010 at 8:50 AM

I think it is great that the library is not only a place to find reading pleasure, but to connect with others and get encouragement for our creative handwork. Thanks, Tamika, for sharing all this info and the class lists.

diane burgess September 14, 2010 at 1:18 PM

thank u very much for shareing ur

Shantrice W. September 21, 2010 at 2:54 PM

The library is a wonderful place to go for arts and crafts activities. You can learn a craft, develop your skills, or come fellowship with others who enjoy being creative at a variety of programs. I’ve really enjoyed going to the Creative Expressions Crochet Groups’ monthly gatherings. Had a blast at the Crochet Fashion Show you spoke of, Tamika. Also, for me, being able to check out books and dvds on beading and crocheting at no cost has been great for my crafting/hobby budget. :-}

Monica October 21, 2010 at 12:19 PM

I’m a little late to the conversation here, but I’m wondering if there’s any chance for knitting or crochet classes for adults at Decatur, Clarkston, or Covington?

Jimmy L October 21, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Hey Monica, check out the Library’s Arts and Crafts events on this page. We usually have a few regular knitting and crocheting programs scheduled.

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