Make Jewelry From Paper Beads

Have you ever tried making paper beads? It's a great way to reuse old magazines, and along with a few basic supplies, you'll end up with a necklace that you can wear on the spot. Supplies will be provided. You can find inspiration from these titles Paper Jewelry Book or Art of Jewelry. Join us at the Traverwood branch December 28, Wednesday, from 2-3:30pm.

Make Your Own Board Game!

Have you ever considered making your own board game? What would it look like? What would it do?

Come to the Pittsfield Branch Library on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. and make your own board game. Will it have a path? Will it have dragons blocking the way? What will be the reward for finishing?

This is for children preschool through 5th grade. Supplies and boards will be provided. For a start to planning your game, look at this.

Celebrate the New Year! Craft program

Get ready to ring in 2012! Come to the Pittsfield Branch Library on Friday, Dec. 30 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. and create some hats and noisemakers to help you bring in the new year.

This is for preschool through 5th grade children. All supplies will be provided. For more about this holiday, click here.

Block Printing Workshop @ Pittsfield

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

Did you attend a past workshop at AADL 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 Wednesday, December 14, from 6:30-8:30pm. See you there!

Connect and Exchange on Etsy

EtsyEtsyWednesday November 9, 2011 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Downtown Library, 3rd Floor Training Center

Are you curious about how folks sell their handmade goods on the internet? Looking for craft supplies or vintage items? Come to the Etsy class to learn about the online marketplace from a local Ann Arbor artisan, photographer, and business owner, Kate Kehoe. Kate owns Chicalookate, and has been in business on Etsy for over 5 years.

Check out the book, Craft, Inc, to learn more about making your hobby your business.

Registration is not required. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For a complete class schedule, click here. See you in class!

Halloween Fun!

Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Monday, October 31, 2011 from 4 - 6 p.m. for some creative Halloween fun. We'll have some crafts to do; goggles, spider webs, pumpkins and more! We'll also have cider and donuts. Join us for Halloween fun!!!!
All supplies will be provided. For preschool through grade 5.

For some stories about Halloween, click here.

Etsy Class Tonight at Traverwood

EtsyEtsy Join us for an Etsy class today (Tuesday, October 4th) from 7 to 9 pm at the Traverwood branch. Learn about the online marketplace from a local Ann Arbor artisan, photographer, and business owner, Kate Kehoe. Kate owns Chicalookate, and has been in business on Etsy for over 5 years.

Check out the book, Craft, Inc, to learn more about making your hobby your business.

Registration is not required. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For a complete class schedule, click here. See you in class!

This Week In Booklists

Significant Dates for the Week of September 18-24

On Wednesday September 21st put on your best tie-dye for International Peace Day!

On Friday September 23rd be ready for a twofer because it is both:
Native American Day- Get ready by reading up on Native American history and lore.
And
The Autumnal Equinox- Celebrate that Fall is finally here with some fun reads on the season and its most important harvest.

Design*Sponge At Home

Last week Grace Bonney’s Design*Sponge At Home was finally released. Fans of the immensely popular Design*Sponge blog have been anxiously awaiting its release.

The photo-filled book features: Home tours of 70 real-life interiors featuring artists and designers, fifty DIY projects with detailed instructions for personalizing your space, step-by-step tutorials on everything from stripping and painting furniture to hanging wallpaper and doing your own upholstery, fifty Before & After makeovers submitted by readers of Design*Sponge – real people with limited time and realistic budgets, and essential tips on modern flower arranging.

Are you ready to be inspired?

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.

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