Winter time is the best for getting stuck into those craft projects. Watching the throw you’re crocheting grow over your lap, or the warm jersey forming from your knitting needles is lovely on a day when you can get cosy. Perhaps you’re an embroiderer, or quilting is your thing. No matter what your craft of choice is, these cold winter days just invite settling in somewhere cosy and getting creative.
If you’d like some company while you work on your current project, have you thought of coming to one of the craft sessions in our libraries?
Arapaki library on Manners Street in the city has weekly lunchtime sessions on Tuesdays at 12:30pm. Pop in on your lunch break to get away from work for a little bit, and enjoy the company of other craft minded folk. Perhaps you could borrow this book from their collection to give you some inspiration:
Beginner’s guide to colourwork knitting : 16 projects and techniques to learn to knit with colour / Austin, Ella
“Introduction — Choosing colors — Yarn and tools — Reading charts — Stripes — Slipped stitches — Stranded colourwork — Intarsia — Double knitting — Modular knitting — Entrelac — Techniques. Beginner’s guide to colorwork knitting explains all the techniques and stitches you need to start your journey to knitting with color.” (Catalogue)
Or you could pop in to Wadestown library on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:30am for their Community Craft Circle. Join other crafters in their community space to share conversation, craft tips and crafting supply sources. It’s always lovely to see a new face. And perhaps you might like to borrow this book from their collection:
Anyone can crochet amigurumi animals : 15 adorable crochet patterns / Simpson, Kristi
“Whether you’ve been crocheting for years or have never picked up a crochet hook before, this accessible, exciting project guide will show any crafter of any skill level everything you need to know to successfully make adorable amigurumi animals! This crochet project book opens with expert guidance on basic tools and techniques and insightful introductory sections on the basics. Get detailed insight on the background of amigurumi, basic materials, how to read patterns, and other essential tips to know in the preface to the projects. Also included are stitch guides, a comprehensive glossary, a handy abbreviations sheet, and more.” (Adapted from Catalogue)
On alternating Sundays at Johnsonville Library at the Waitohi Hub, there’s a fortnightly sewing and craft group for thread-heads of all skill levels and ages. Bring along an existing project, some needles and some yarn, or use our basket of goodies. You do need to register for this popular event as there is limited space available, and you can do so here. Maybe this sewing book from their collection is something that would interest you:
Simple hand sewing : 35 slow stitching and mindful mending projects / Strutt, Laura
“Hand sewing is a great way to practice mindfulness through craft. Laura Strutt has designed these 35 projects specially to develop your hand-sewing skills, but also to help you slow down, enjoy the moment, and appreciate the rewards of your work. Using a number of different techniques including visible mending, sashiko, embroidery, thread doodling, boro, and abstract embroidery, Laura shows you how to incorporate these methods into making something useful, creative, and sustainable. Whichever project you choose, take time to enjoy the process and simply sew.” (Adapted from Catalogue)
For more information on library events and programmes, you can go to: Event Calendar (wcl.govt.nz)