Power Sewing DVDs

Sandra Betzina, international lecturer, writer, TV personality, and pattern designer, stars in this series of how-to sewing videos from her webTV show. Some also feature writer and designer Ron Collins.

Even if you’re a super sewer these are a great visual aid to hone your skills. If you’re looking to see how others get it done, these DVDs are also for you. I know it helps sometimes to have a visual aid when working on projects.

Power Sewing Skill DVDs to choose from include: Foolproof Buttonholes, Pant Fitting Pointers, Copy Ready-To-Wear, Anatomy of a Jacket, Jeans Couture, and Linings A to Z. Everything you need to figure out fly fronts, hems, sleeves, pockets, vests, alterations, and more.

DVDs in the new-to-AADL Power Sewing Master Series include: Fabrics, Needles and Presser Feet, Pattern Alterations and Interfacing, Details, Behind the Seams, and Home Décor.

Each show provides an in-depth instruction with close-up camera work and graphics. Whether you have been sewing for years, or just getting started, you will learn new methods that will inspire you.

Kick Back and Knit

Casting on, knitting, purling, and casting off, the basics, this is what you can learn. Pick from simple patterns for an easy project. Join this circle of knitters at Traverwood, August 11, 2:00-3:30 PM. Grade 6 to Adult. Bring your own needles and we'll supply a variety of colorful yarns. All knitting begins with a simple slip knot. . .

Ideas and patterns galore can be found in books and magazines at the library. You may want to start with, Creative Knitting : Easy Knitting For Everyone! or Interweave Knits a couple magazines that focus on knitting. Then check out books on hats, gifts, socks, or projects to make with only one skein.

Give it a try!

Kick Back and Knit | Thursday, August 11 | 2-3:30 pm | Traverwood Branch

826MI Robot Workshop CANCELED this Saturday! Rescheduled for Saturday August 27.

Due to circumstances beyond our control the upcoming 826MI Robot Workshop for this Saturday, August 6 from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Downtown Library has been canceled. This event has been re-scheduled for Saturday, August 27 from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Downtown Library in the 4th Floor Meeting Room. This event is for kids in grades 4 & up and Teens in grades 6-12.

Scrapbooks from Scratch

Gather together your collected items (you know those odds 'n ends, ticket stubs, pictures, programs, clippings from sports events or travels) and bring them with you to fit inside a scrapbook we'll make from simple materials.

Join us at Traverwood, Thursday, August 4, from 2:00 - 3:30 PM. Materials will be supplied.
Scrapbook ideas galore can be found at the library. Grades 6-12.

Paper Bag Gargoyles

Friday July 29, 2011: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Ever seen a gargoyle looking down from a balcony of a tall building? We're giving you a chance to create your own gargoyle and give it a customized expression of your own. We'll have supplies, you come with the artistic vision.

Block Printing Workshop

At this linoleum block printing workshop you will create a design, carve the design into a soft linoleum block, and then print the image onto paper and/or note cards. This is your chance to create wall art, or perhaps design a card.

Have you done block printing before and are looking for more instruction, ideas and practice? Or are you a first timer wondering what block printing is all about? This workshop is for you.

We will supply all the tools necessary, you supply the creativity! If you have something you’d like to print on, or have your own tools, feel free to bring them.

Don't forget to check out some of AADL’s books on block printing for a spark of ideas.

This DIY event is for Grades 6- Adult, and takes place at Pittsfield on Tuesday, July 26, from 6:30-8:30pm. See you there!

Children's Art Fair


Do you have creative children in your life? Or are you a creative youth in the community? Then the EWMA Children's Art Fair wants you!

This art fair will take place in the Eastern Washtenaw Multicultural Academy gymnasium on Saturday, July 23rd (the last day of the Ann Arbor Art Fair), from 12pm-4pm. There will be art workshops for children as young as 3 and as old as 8th grade. There will also be informational workshops for the entire family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Artists aged 10-25 are invited to submit art to display and sell at the art fair. If you are interested in this opportunity, you may contact pyenor.ewma@gmail.com.

For more information, check out the EWMA's website. And if you want help starting on some summer art projects, we have a great selection of How to Draw books.

Make an iPod Cozy!

Come take a stab at hand sewing and jazz up your iPod or MP3 player at the same time. Using colorful felt, embellishment items, and embroidery thread, you’ll create a one-of-a-kind cozy to keep your iPod or MP3 player protected with a handmade case for it. All supplies are provided, and we’ll have patterns and samples to get you going. Feel free to bring your MP3 player if you want to test out your design. Don't have an iPod? No worries, you can make a small case to hold whatever needs holding.

To keep the crafty crafting, check out some books on hand sewing or felt fun.

This DIY event is for Grades 6- Adult, and takes place at Pittsfield on Tuesday, July 12, from 7-8:30pm. See you there!

Spy School: Continuing Education

Crafting, sending, and decoding your own spy letters can be a great way to practice writing, reading, and counting skills with an exciting twist! If you were interested by the recent Spy School and Revolutionary War Spycraft events, the exploration and learning can continue through these engaging resources:

First, check out the public lists Codes and Ciphers and Renaissance Kid - Spycraft!. On these lists, you will find a range of items available at AADL. There are books for youth and adults as well as videos for youth.

Next, head to the William L. Clements Library's online exhibit, Spy Letters of the American Revolution. Browse through real spy letters from the 1700s, and learn about the methods of invisible ink, codes, mask letters, and quill letters! Find out the stories of the people behind these fascinating letters, including men and women who spied for and against the American cause. Learn about the history and geography of this time period and the famous and lesser known heroes involved.

For some hands-on fun, practice your own spy letter skills with recipes for invisible ink, instructions for using a dictionary code similar to the code used by the Culper Gang, and a guide to make your own St. Cyr slide (and scroll up and down that page for many more types of codes!). Try sending a Morse code message with a flashlight in the middle of the night. There are forty more codes and spy activities to try in this book! And don't forget, inventing your own code after practicing some of these examples is a great way to stretch your brain and creativity!SpySchoolSpySchool

Beaded Macrame Bracelets

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Make a cool bracelet using simple knots and colorful beads. All supplies will be provided, just stop by the Traverwood branch on Wednesday, July 6, from 2:00 - 3:30 PM. Grade 6 - Adult
Web sites can give you ideas for crafting the perfect bracelet, or necklace, or really anything with beads.

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