Plano Learns: Fiber Arts

Want to take up knitting, crochet, embroidery, sewing or weaving? Learn how your local library can help.

You might not think of the library are the place to pick up a handy skill like crocheting a baby blanket, knitting winter gear or weaving a table mat – but it is actually the perfect place! Plano Public Library has events, kits, books and online resources to get you ready to pick up a needle and thread.

Events

Sit & Stitch

Do you knit, crochet, cross-stitch or have another hobby that uses needle and thread? Connect with other creators while you discuss your project, share tips and tricks, and chat

Sit & Stitch meets at Haggard Library on the first and third Monday of each month at 7pm. For spring 2023: Jan 9, Jan 23, Feb 13, Feb 27, Mar 13, Mar 27, Apr 10 and Apr 24


Garment Mending Workshop: Ages 13+ will learn how to increase the longevity of clothes with techniques for repairing favorite garments

The Garment Mending Workshop meets at Haggard Library on Saturday, January 28 at 3pm. Get your free ticket 30 minutes before the event begins.


STEAM Kit

Plano Public Library has STEAM Kits focused on fiber arts for all ages. You can get an introduction to the art, explore the supplies needed and make a small creation. Each kit comes with hands-on supplies, books and other instructional aides to get you started. You can find STEAM Kits at all library locations, as well as place a hold through the library catalog to get the kit sent to the closest Plano Library to your home.

Here are a few of our Art Kits, though you can find the entire list on the catalog:

  • Crochet
  • Embroidery
  • Knitting
  • Macramé
  • Weaving

Books

You can search the library catalog for any of the fiber art topics we have mentioned already and find a wealth of highly-visual books to help you learn a new skill or increase the ability you already have! Here are a few of the newest books we have on our shelves or on-order:

Hip to Be Square: 20 Contemporary Crochet Designs Using 5 Simple Squares by Katie Jones Print 9781784885458

From the catalog:

Learn how to transform five simple granny squares into 20 bold and bright designs featuring size-inclusive garments, stylish accessories, and beautiful homewares.

All five granny squares can be completed in a wide range of yarn weights, colours, and types; they can be extended to create bigger blocks, and they are interchangeable within the pattern designs, giving the reader unlimited options and inspiration.

As well as the easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations, Katie also includes tips on how to care for your makes, so they stand the test of time – the perfect antidote to fast fashion.


Knot Bad Amigurumi: Learn Crochet Stitches & Techniques to Create Cute Creatures with 25 Easy Patterns by Vincent Green-Hite Print 9780760376775

From the catalog:

Green-Hite shares easy and fun techniques for creating unique and adorable crochet characters. From a smiling rocket ship to a joyful acorn, he helps you explore your own unique expression and become more confidently creative as you work your way through the patterns.


Knitstrips: the World’s First Comic-Strip Knitting Book by Alice Ormsbee Beltran Print 9781419740664

From the catalog:

Knitstrips presents 22 original patterns, boundless humor, and seriously appealing knitting instruction. Inspired, original, and laugh-out-loud funny, knitstrips are patterns and knitting instruction mixed with advice and humorous commentary–and presented in illustrated comic book panels.


Online Resources

With your Plano Public Library card you have access to a wealth of online resources, especially for hobbies and the home! Here are a few:

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center: Comprehensive database providing detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of hobby enthusiasts. Access here

Libby App – eMagazines: access hundreds of craft magazines, such as Sew & Tell, Embroidery and Stitch all from your computer or smart device. Access here

PressReader – eMagazines: access magazines such as The Knitter, Simply Crochet, Just CrossStitch and others all from your computer or smart device. Access here

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