Make Your Own Drop Spindle (and Learn To Spin Yarn!)

Saturday March 7, 2015: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 & up

Have you ever wondered how to make yarn? Have you seen someone spinning yarn and wanted to give it a whirl? Come learn with us!

Drop spinning is an ancient craft that uses simple materials to make a spindle that spins sheep's wool or other fibers into yarn. At this event, participants will make their own drop spindle using doweling and recycled CDs and learn the basics of how to spin using their new drop spindle.

Make a Felt Cozy for Your Tablet

Thursday January 15, 2015: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for youth (grade 3 and up) teens and adults.

Using felt and fabric glue, you can make a cool cozy to protect your tablet.

Geometric Origami 101

Tuesday February 17, 2015: 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth grade 4 and up

Local crafter Beth Battey demonstrates the basics of Japanese paper folding, focusing on geometric shapes and boxes.

Experienced paper folders are encouraged to come and share their skills.

Amigurumi Crochet Happy Fun!

Sunday February 22, 2015: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Looking for a seriously fun and unique craft obsession?

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed toys. Local crafter Beth Battey will teach you how to make your own cute amigurumi octopus. Beginners with lots of patience are welcome to give it a try, but previous crochet experience is recommended. Beth will be teaching a Beginning Crochet class on Saturday, January 10, from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at the Pittsfield Branch. A “crochet cam” will be set up for projection of instructions on the big wall! All supplies will be provided.

Beginning Crochet Class

Saturday January 10, 2015: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grades 6 and up

Looking to get in on the return to handmade and DIY?

Local crafter Beth Battey will get you started in the wonderful world of crochet with a basic beginner's project. Supplies are provided.

Handmade Marketplace

The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online is an amazing resource for anyone embarking on a new craft business or wanting to beef up their current one. The book discusses everything you want to know and learn about running your own crafty business in this day and age.

Handmade Marketplace talks about branding and logos, how to pick the right name, how/when/where to market via blogs, websites, social media, etc., how to set up a blog or website, taxes, the deal with wholesale and brick & mortar stores, how to get into craft fairs, how to set up a successful online shop, and more. It also features Q&A with several notable crafters offering tips. I really like that the book isn't all about "make stuff and create an Etsy shop."

The book is insightful, laid out beautifully, written in a wonderfully easy-to-follow format, and is chock full of useful information. Even if you think your bizz is well put together, it's nice to get some feedback to make sure you're on point and doing what you can to craft a great business!

From the same author is Grow your handmade business: How to envision, develop, and sustain a successful creative business, and here’s a list of many more books with great info!

Keyboard Rings!

Tuesday February 24, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Join us in turning old unused keyboard buttons into quirky rings! This quick and easy project is perfect for showing off your geeky side!

Get creative with Bobby Pins!

Wednesday January 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Join us in creating custom designed bobby pins using nail polish, glue and beads! You'll never have to leave the house wearing a boring brown bobby pin!

Polka dots, squiggly line, cute little hearts - - the possibilities are endless!

New Craft Books!

Have you been keeping up with all the new craft books that have been rolling in? Book on crafting all sorts of things, including sewing, paper love, duct tape engineering, repurposing, and more. Now that the days get dark so early, it's a perfect time to start planning some new at-home projects to work on this fall and winter. I know I like to hunker down with old TV shows on DVD and a new project to keep me going. Here are a few stand-out titles:

Love At First Stitch

Scissors, Paper, Craft

Handcrafted Christmas: ornaments, decorations, and cookie recipes to make at home

Half yard heaven: easy sewing projects using left-over pieces of fabric

No-sew love: 50 fun projects to make without a needle and thread

And here are more of the new crafty maker books to keep an eye out for! Tis the season to craft. Wait, tis always the season to craft.

November Holiday Markets

Mark your calendars and plan to take in a holiday market during the month of November. Here are a few to consider:
The Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Holiday Sale is Saturday Nov. 8 from 10am - 4 pm., in WCC Morris Lawrence Buillding., 4800 E. Huron River Dr.
The Holiday Art Fair of the Guild of Artists & Artisans is Saturday, November 15, 10am - 6pm and Sunday, November 16, 11am - 5 pm, in the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center.
The Sunday Artisan Market Holiday Open House is Sunday, November 16, from 11am - 4pm in Kerrytown Shops on Detroit St.

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