National Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month! Sewing is a wonderful art form that spans generations and brings people together. How many of us learned to sew from our mother or grandmother? How many have taught our own children to sew? It’s an amazing gift to pass down, and a great skill to learn. Even if you just plan on sewing on buttons that fall off! Because guess what? You’re sewing. To participate in a month-long celebration of sewing, AADL has books to get you started on new projects, or get you motivated on ones that have been collecting dust in your craft corner. It’s time to bust out the machine and get to it. Here’s a few new favorites in the AADL collection:

Best of Stitch: Bags to sew

Sewing for boys: 24 projects to create a handmade wardrobe

We love to sew: 28 pretty things to make: jewelry, headbands, softies, t-shirts, pillows, bags & more

The library has SEW MANY great craft books to get you inspired and sewing away. With a wide range of projects from purses to dress, for many different skill levels, the books have you covered with great images and tutorials.

Fancy Felt Pins & Hair Clips

Tuesday, August 20 | 6:30pm-8:30pm | Pittsfield branch | For Grade 6 - Adult

Join us for an evening of making decorative pins and hair clips out of felt and other embellishments. You’ll think of designs, cut out your shapes, jazz them up, and hand sew and glue them into place. All materials will be provided, just bring your creativity! This program is for teens and adults,6th grade and up.

For more fun with felt, check out this list of books.

Fabric Coil Coasters!

Join us at our Pittsfield location on Tuesday, August 27th from 6:00-7:00 pm to make fabric coil coasters! We'll be making them out of rope and colorful scraps of fabric. Feel free to bring your own fabric from home if you wish! You'll want to be able to cut really long strips from it.

We will be using hot glue guns, so this is a craft for teens and adults, grades 9 and up.

Suncatchers!

Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 2:00 and make a suncatcher to hang in your window. We will have three basic supplies: paper plates,
tissue paper and clear Contact Paper. How simple or complex you make your
design will be up to you. This is for kids preschool through fifth grade. All supplies will be provided.

Directions for this project and other fun ideas can be found in this book.

Yardscaping

Have a corner in your backyard that needs some sprucing up? Have some unused objects hanging around that you just don't want to get rid of like an old, unused metal toolbox or some scraps of copper or aluminum tubing? Well, there are several books recently published that will give the outdoor artist in you some ideas for repurposing them. The Revolutionary Yardscape is every dumpster diver, scrap hound, or flea market enthusiast's dream, providing plenty of ideas for found items like plastic pallet strapping, wine bottle corks, reclaimed lumber, pipes, empty window frames, broken concrete slabs, and scrap stone, just for starters. It includes where to find specific items like at scrapyards or surplus sales. I love the reuse of an old oxygen tank from a hospital surplus sale as a planter! I also learned about items I never knew the name of like the reuse of a bollard as a garden hose guide. Projects range from very intensive to easy and he provides the info to get you through: like how to cut difficult materials including stone, steel, or acrylic sheets, or what to use to bend metal pipes. Another great book on this same subject is Handmade Garden Projects. I found the projects easier to accomplish in this book but just as creative. The easiest project was for garden lighting called: 'Canning Jar Lanterns', a great day project to do with kids. So whether you want an outdoor project to do in a day or over the course of many, these two books should give you plenty of ideas! For even more ideas click here.

Yoda Dolls

Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. to make Yoda, that lovable green creature from Star Wars. We will be constructing him out of felt. This is an actual sewing project so real needles will be used.

This is for kids in grades 2 - 5 with their adults. Adults will have to stay and help their children.

All supplies will be provided.

The idea and pattern for Yoda came from this book. Many of Yoda's friends are
in this book as well.

Literary Knits

Author Nikol Lohr presents this cool little knitting book! Literary Knits features 30 patterns inspired by favorite books. The book contains patterns and instructions to make sweaters, hoods, socks and more, all based on some of your favorite novels. There are projects based on: On the Road, The Metamorphosis, The Golden Compass, The Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and more. Haven’t you always wanted a Gregor Sweater, a Galadriel Hooded Dress or a pair of Dorian Gray Fingerless Gloves? It’s quite fun for fans of knitting and books. Even those of us who don’t knit will enjoy the photos of completed projects.

Map Madness With Decoupage

Wednesday, August 7 | 7:00-8:30pm | Malletts Creek | For grades 6th - Adults

Using colorful old maps along with torn paper collage and decoupage techniques you'll create small, decorative keepsake boxes. We’ll have all the supplies on hand, you bring the creativity! This is a great was to recycle cool paper and turn it into something new.

For more fun, check out these books featuring other projects using paper.

This event is for teens and adults, grade 6 and up.

Amigurumi Crochet Happy Fun!

Thursday August 1 | 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm | Traverwood Branch | Grade 6 – Adult

Amigurumi: they're cute, they're colorful, they're tiny - the perfect challenge for the experienced crocheter! Local crafter Beth Battey will show us just how to crochet these small Japanese toys. You'll need the whole time to finish this project, so don't be late! You won't want to miss a minute of this fun workshop.

Geometric Origami 101

Tuesday July 30 | 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Malletts Creek Branch | Grade 4 to Adult

The ancient art of Japanese paper folding lets you turn simple squares in beautifully complex creations. Local crafter Beth Battey demonstrates the basics of creating animals and geometric shapes for those new to origami - but if you're an experienced paper folder yourself, we'd love for you to come and share your skills, too!

This event is for adults, teens and pre-teens (grade 4 and up).

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