Arts and Crafts

Going green for the holidays

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Arts_and_Crafts

furoshiki wrapped gifts Is anyone else bothered by mountains of wrapping paper that get thrown away right after the holidays? Buying decorative paper bags gives some options of reusing, but the bags get damaged after a while. Have you thought about using furoshiki? Furoshiki (pronounced f-ROHSH-kee) are square pieces of fabric that are traditionally used by the Japanese to tie up bundles, and work beautifully to wrap presents. . . . more »

Come to The Campbell Library and Make Gadget Gloves!

Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Arts_and_Crafts

campbell library Campbell Library is hosting a series of D.I.Y. programs called Make Anything. The first in the series is this Saturday December 7th from 3:30-5:30pm. We will sew conductive thread into the tips of gloves so that you can use your touch screen devices while keeping your hands warm! It is recommended that you bring your own gloves to fit your own style. They can be . . . more »

Live the Vintage Life

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Arts_and_Crafts

vintage crafts Sometimes I wonder if I was born in the wrong era. I love to wear vintage clothes and accessories, as well as decorate my home with mind on what things used to look like long ago. There is a great selection of books about vintage crafts at the library that can aid you in adding just a little vintage inspiration to your life. Vintage Crafts . . . more »

Ready for a Green Holiday Challenge?

Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013 by Arts_and_Crafts

large pile of paper According to one source, Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year. If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields! (from: I believe the holidays can be festive, and at the same time more ecologically responsible. Look to the . . . more »

Betsy (Inspires with her) Beads

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by LisaLibrarian

Betsy Beads It is such fun finding a book that makes you look at knitting in a whole new light--and Betsy Beads is one of those. Now, it helps that I have also made jewelry, and have a stash of beads on hand. It also helps that I like working with fine yarn and small needles (most of these are size 2 or 3). But what I . . . more »

Bead It!

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013 by dia4reading

bracelets Question: What do you get when you combine BEADS and PRETEENS? Answer: IN BEAD*TWEEN This fall my library offered a series of programs for preteens (tweens) to explore their creative side by making a box and a bracelet. The IN BEAD*TWEEN series was for the in between-aged set in 5th to 8th grades. The crafty beaders learned to make small origami boxes by repurposing catalog . . . more »

Up, up and away with capes!

Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Arts_and_Crafts

Its not too late to make a cape for Halloween! Or maybe your child needs a cape so he can power through that school day. Or maybe you need one to wear around the house while vacuuming. Whatever the case may be there are plenty of instructions on how to make a cape. The library has several books with cape instructions with a wide range . . . more »

It's not too late to haunt your house!

Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Arts_and_Crafts

Glitterville handmade halloween You still have time to get crafty before Halloween and the library can help! Whether you are looking for unique costumes, decorating ideas both elegant and creepy, recipes for spooky treats, or party game possibilities; let the library inspire your Halloween festivities. Here is a book list sure to spark some fun. But don't stop there. How about musical accompaniment for your celebration? We have . . . more »

eXtreme Plushies Teen Craft

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 by Missgina

National Sewing Month took place in September, and the Cupertino Library didn't want the teens to miss out, so we offered an eXtreme Stitchery Plushies craft just for teens. How do you make a plushie? Here's the supplies we used for our teen craft... Now, just add some creativity! Here's what our teens created... Teens, come join us afterschool for our next teen craft on . . . more »

Medieval Inspiration

Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013 by LisaLibrarian

Medieval-inspired Knits Medieval churches in Sweden’s Uppland province are richly decorated with frescoes filled with swirling vines, graceful borders, and interesting color combinations. These inspired Anna-Karin Lundberg to create a series of garments translating this visual richness to knitting, in her book Medieval-inspired Knits. There are sweaters with over-all brocade patterns. There are swirling vine patterns used in borders and panels. There are intriguing color combinations (old . . . more »