This collection of 30 projects is the answer to your laid-back knitting needs.
Here we all are: at home, online and, if you are like me, waiting for inspiration to strike. Every “What to do while you are stuck at home during coronavirus” list I’ve read includes the “explore a hobby you’ve always wanted to take up” or “dive into something creative” suggestion, but how do I actually do that?! I’ve always been a craft dabbler, but maybe this is the time that I should dive (back) in and get creating.
Luckily, your library has you covered! In addition to some awesome crafting books available to download through Overdrive/Libby, your library card allows you access to an incredible resource for crafters, creatives and makers of all types. CreativeBug has online, video classes and tutorials for an amazing variety of art processes and skills. My current watchlist includes Lisa Congdon’s “Creative Boot Camp,” “Marbled Embroidery” and “Sewing a Pie Carrier.”
While I was frantically looking for a book to download this morning (how have I read through my TBR pile already?!), I stumbled across a truly awesome list of crafting books available to download from Libby. They range from the obscure, intriguing and contemplative (Norwegian Wood Chopping, Stacking and drying wood the Scandinavian Way) to more traditional step–by–step guides (Knitting Without Needles: A Stylish Introduction to Finger and Arm Knitting). Here are some of the ones I am most excited to check out while I’m stuck inside.
Fair warning, friends and family: get ready for some killer plant hangers, homemade furniture and epic birthday cards when I see you next!
Sidenote: The best way I found to find these in Libby is to go to the “Explore” and scroll down to “Subjects.” I clicked on “Crafts,” but there are so many subjects to explore while you are social distancing!
A contemporary paint-every-day watercolor guide that explores foundational strokes and patterns and then builds new skills upon the foundations over the course of 30 days to create finished pieces
This collection includes 35 simple, inexpensive projects that you can make from salvaged and upcycled materials.
An all-in-one resource for a new kind of craft, this book shows you how to loop yarn with your fingers or your forearms with thirty patterns that are simple to follow and produce stylish results.
The story of how one man cut down a single tree to see how many things could be made from it.
Modern Macramé is a stylish, contemporary guide to the traditional art and craft of macramé, including 33 projects, from driftwood wall art and hanging herb gardens to macramé room dividers and headboards.
Useful advice on the rustic hows and whys of taking care of your heating needs meets a thoughtful attempt to understand man’s age-old predilection for stacking wood and passion for open fires.
Learn about how to create art and transform your world using simple ink pens and felt markers.
A Well-Crafted Home includes simple, creative details that will tailor a space to your taste.