Learn about Etsy

Wednesday | May 2 | 7 - 9 pm | Malletts Creek

Did you know that Etsy provides a great way to meet and work with folks who share your interests? Many Michigan artisans join teams to participate in discussion forums, share information, collaborate on projects, and more. One of the Michigan teams is called MICE, which stands for Michigan Indie Crafters of Etsy. MICE has 768 members and is lead by local Ann Arbor artisan, photographer, and business owner, Kate Kehoe.

Join Kate Kehoe, owner of Chicalookate, for an introduction to Etsy. Registration is not required and classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

See you in class!

National Library Week Event: Amigurumi Crochet Happy Fun

Saturday April 14, 2012: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Amigurumi is very popular in Japan where it means the art of making small crocheted (or knit) toys. We'll show you how to make a little stuffed snail toy. Plan to use the entire time to make your project, unless you're a pro!

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

National Library Week Event: Papermaking From Pulp To Sheet

Sunday April 15, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Celebrate National Library Week by learning how to make paper (and even put a few seeds in it)! If you want, you can bury the paper in the spring and grow some flowers!

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Beaded Macrame Bracelets

Make a cool bracelet using simple knots and colorful beads. A couple books that may give you some ideas to try at home are New Macrame Contemporary Knotted Jewelry & Accessories or Hemp Jewelry Hope to see you on April 5, Thursday at the Downtown library from 2-3 pm. Grades 6-Adult are welcome.

Cork Trivet-Making Workshop

Thursday April 5, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Make your own heat-protecting trivet using wine corks. We'll provide all the supplies, but if you have some corks of your own that you would like to use, bring them along!

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Duct Tape Doings

Wednesday April 4, 2012: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Join us for a fun craft session! We provide the tape in a wide variety of colors - including camo, clear and tie-dye - and you do the rest.

This event is for teens (grades 6 - 12).

Basic Bookmaking Workshop With Local Book Artist Jean Buescher Bartlett

Sunday March 25, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Learn basic bookmaking skills and how to construct and bind your own double signature sketchbook at this fascinating workshop designed for all skill levels!

Local book artist Jean Buescher Bartlett will present a drawing/collage exercise, appropriate for beginners or advanced participants. A small finished image will then be framed by an opening in the front covers of the sketchbooks we will construct. All supplies will be provided.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Mardi Gras!

Come to the Malletts Creek Branch on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. to
celebrate Mardi Gras by making brightly colored masks and stringing beads.
This program is for preschoolers through fifth graders. All supplies will be provided.

For materials about this holiday, click here.

Make a Valentine's Day Card for that Special Someone!

Pittsfield Branch: Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Make some valentines for those special people in your life.
We'll also be making large tissue paper flowers. All supplies will be provided. This is for preschool - grade 5.

For books and movies about the holiday, click here.

For Valentine's Day coloring sheets or other projects to try at home, click here.

Fabric Printing Workshop

At this hands-on workshop you’ll get a chance to pull your own screen printed tea towel to take home. We’ll also get you caught up on all things related to printing up stylish towels. Hand printed tea towels are a great way to add a bit of whimsy to one’s kitchen, as they’re both colorful and creative!

We’ll also have linoleum blocks carved and ready for you to use to stamp a design onto a fat quarter of fabric. You can then do what you will with the fabric! You can use it in a plethora of handmade projects, including: A throw pillow, a bag, a placemat, for appliques, and more. It’s up to you. You’ll leave the workshop with a tea towel and a fat quarter, ready to add some sparkle to your abode.

To expand upon the joy of printing on fabric, here are some crafty books to get you going.

This DIY event is for grade 6 – Adult, and takes place at Pittsfield on Tuesday, February 7, from 7-8:30pm.

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