Fiber arts are enjoying an incredible resurgence in popularity these days. Resources like YouTube have made it easier than ever to learn crafts like knitting, crochet, sewing and weaving. In addition, new books about the fiber arts show that these crafts can produce modern and unique projects for all ages. Many of these new books, like Not Another Teen Knitting Book and Kids Knit!, court children and teens with projects that are quick, easy and fun.
Fiber arts clubs and groups now meet at a few of the Pratt branches. The Pennsylvania Avenue Branch has a small fiber arts program called Needle Works, which meets two Fridays afternoons each month. One of the latest projects presented during Needle Works are crocheted and knitted holiday ornaments. One of our regular attendees had the idea to knit and crochet miniature articles of clothing as holiday gifts for friends and family. These include a pair of mittens, hats, scarves, and sweaters. Some were done in coordinated sets; others, as stand-alone items. All of the ornament projects were fairly easy for crafters with intermediate crochet or knitting skills, and each could be completed in about one to two hours.
Other fiber arts groups create projects for a cause. The knitting group that meets at the Govans Branch knitted gloves and hats for people in need. They coordinated with a local yarn shop, Lovely Yarns in Hampden, to get the supplies and donate the finished projects. According to the Govans staff, the participants had fun and contributed to a good cause.
Beginning fiber arts crafters can find a vast selection of free resources to help get started. The Pratt Library provides books and videos about a number of fiber arts crafts, including knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, weaving, felting, and so much more. There is also a vast library of videos on websites like YouTube that beginners can use to learn new crafting skills. If this sounds like your cup of tea, contact your local library to find out if they have fiber arts events and join the fun.