Fun and funky fiber craft

I’m drawn to quirky, fun, funky people, book characters, and artful, crafty projects. Since Fiber Art Month is coming up (October), I’m going to highlight some fun fiber crafts you might want to try or just admire. We also have times for you to play with fiber objects at the library in October.

Twisted Cross Stitch

Over the past decade, I’ve noticed a lot more sarcastic and hilarious cross stitches. In conversations, I often think that something a friend says needs to be stitched on a pillow. I haven’t made that a reality yet, but one day I will. Maybe 2023 (being realistic about my idea of ​​the timeline) will be the year my friends get a cross stitch pillow with one of their own quotes.

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Crazy knitting and crochet

Knitters and crocheters also have fun making unusual and fun creations. Check out the books we have for inspiration and directions. The list below are my favorites, but there are plenty more to explore.

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Fiber month events at the library

multicolored yarnEach year, the library celebrates all things fiber in October. Whether it’s knitting, weaving, macrame, sewing, or anything else, there’s a fiber craft you’ll probably enjoy. This year we also have a textile art exhibition at the Alice C. Sabatini gallery. fiber formation will be open until November 27, 2022.

To help you on your creative journey, we’ll be hosting Fiber Crafting Workshops every Thursday night in October, and we’ll meet and create events with a different Fiber Guild on Saturday afternoons in October.

Walk-in Fiber Manufacturing

Explore a different fiber craft every week! We will have materials to start the craft and helpful staff to answer questions and demonstrate techniques. Stop by the Learning Center anytime between 6-8pm and stay as long as you like.

  • Thu 6 Oct – Embroidery and cross stitch
  • Thu Oct 13 – Sewing
  • Thu Oct 20 – Knitting and Crocheting
  • Thu October 27 – Weaving

Take-and-Make Craft Kit

Get a different craft kit each week with the materials and instructions to complete a fun project. We have a limited number of kits. So the earlier in the week you stop by the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery or curbside pickup, the more likely you are to get a kit.

Meet and Create with a Fiber Crafting Guild

Members of local artisan guilds will teach us new skills in the Learning Center every Saturday in October from 2-3pm. It’s also a great place to meet other crafty people. We will explore a different type of fiber craft each week.

  • October 8: Needlework Guild
  • October 15: to be determined
  • October 22: to be determined
  • October 29: Topeka Weavers and Spinners Guild

Resources to develop your skills

Creative Bug LogoSometimes it helps to see a technique demonstrated to understand. Your library card gives you access to hundreds of videos through Creativebug. Classes last from less than 10 minutes to several hours, depending on the complexity of the project. There is something for all levels, from beginner to expert. Professional artists and designers teach all video courses.

Of course, we also have books, books and more books! Check out the book lists below for some of our favorite fiber crafting titles.

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