Handmade for the Holidays, Pt 1
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Handmade for the Holidays, Pt 1

Why not delve into handmaking gifts or more sustainable options this holiday season?

In part one of this blog series, we will focus on resources available from the library to start a hobby that involves making and/or sustainability. Think quilting, knitting, woodworking. In part two, we will focus on handmade decorations and food. The library has a variety of books, digital resources and even STEAM Kits to get you started.

We also have a virtual event coming up in partnership with the Sustainability and Environmental Education Division called Green Gift Guide. Join us on Wednesday, November 15 at 12pm via Zoom to get inspiration for enjoyable and earth-friendly gifts for the whole family. Ideas include handmade items, technology to conserve resources, local experiences and more. Register to attend live or view the recording on the Plano Public Library YouTube channel.

Print Books & STEAM Kits

Paper & Painting

Modern Papermaking: Techniques in Handmade Paper by Kelsey Pike Print

Simply Paint Flowers: 25 Inspiring Designs in Easy Steps by Becky Amelia Print

The Art of Papercraft by Helen Hiebert Print

Linocut: a Creative Guide to Making Beautiful Prints by Sam Marshall Print

Be sure to check out the Stamping STEAM Kit for supplies to explore this hobby

Origami + Kirigami for the Home: Paper Art Decorations, Gift Wrapping, and Homemade Cards by Wei You Print

Be sure to check out the Origami STEAM Kit for supplies to explore this hobby

A Beginner’s Guide to Quilling Paper Flowers: Beautiful Japanese-Style Paper Art by Motoko Nakatani Print

Be sure to check out the Quilling STEAM Kit for supplies to explore this hobby


Furoshiki: the Japanese Art of Wrapping with Fabric by Aurélie Le Marec Print

Easy, Beautiful Handmade Rag Rugs: 12 Step-by-Step Techniques with Patterns and Projects by Deana David Print

Tiny Felt Cuties & Creatures by Delilah Iris Print

Amigurumi Cats: Crochet Sweet Kitties the Japanese Way by Juneko Toiro No Amigurumi Print

Sewing Love: Handmade Clothes for Any Body by Sanae Ishida Print

Sew Sustainable: Make 22+ Stylish Projects to Reuse & Reduce by Jennifer Warren Print

Jump into Cross Stitch: for Beginners, 6 Happy Projects, From First Stitch to Finishing by Sally Wilson Print

Retro Crochet Style: 15 Beginner-Friendly Patterns to Create Your Vintage-Inspired Closet by Savannah Price Print

Be sure to check out the Crochet STEAM Kit for supplies to explore this hobby

Embroidery for Everyone: Easy to Learn Techniques with 50 Patterns! by Kelly Fletcher Print

Be sure to check out the Embroidery STEAM Kit for supplies to explore this hobby

Wood & Other Materials

Creative Stained Glass: 17 Step-by-Step Projects for Stunning Glass Art and Gifts by Noor Springael Print

Handmade Woodworking Projects for the Kitchen by Larry Okrend Print

Whittling: 20 Mindful Makes to Reconnect Head, Heart & Hands by Barn the Spoon Print

Digital Library

With your library card, you also have access to Libby – our collection of eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines! Here are a few magazines you might find interesting:

Simply Crochet


The Knitter

The Simple Things


Popular Woodworking

Little Looms

Handmade Christmas

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