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Crafty suggestions from a county librarian

Let me invite you to Sellwood-Moreland Library's Crafting Circle, held every second and fourth Sunday of the month from 2 till 4 pm. All ages, projects, and experience levels are welcome; join your neighbors for inspiration, conversation, and creativity.

Wondering what to work on? One of the most heavily used sections of the library features the books on handicrafts. Below are a few suggestions to get you inspired.

Saving the world from mass production, 'Super Crafty: Over 75 Amazing How-To Projects' - by local craft mavens Susan Beal, Torie Nguyen, Rachel O'Rourke, and Cathy Pitters - has something for every crafter, even those of us who aren't quite sure what type of crafters we are! This little book packs inspiration, creativity and recycling on nearly every page.

Another title with a range of projects is 'Two Hour Crafts'; you should be able to fit one of these projects into one Crafting Circle meeting!

'The Papercraft Weekend Workbook' by Fiona Jones is a delight, with projects that range from beginning to expert - including beautiful keepsakes, jewelry, cards, and more. Paper craft is also featured in 'The Crafter's Guide to Glue: Techniques and Projects' by Pattie Donham. Her book also offers projects involving fabric, leather, and other materials. Who knew adhering could be so much fun?

Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark offer a very fun take on knitting in 'Knit 2 Together: Patterns and Stories for Serious Kitting Fun'. For those happier with a hook, try 'Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful' by Narumi Ogawa, for some hip new crochet designs.

In January the Multnomah County Library will host the program 'Recycled Sweater Crafts' at several locations, including Sellwood-Moreland on January 6th. If you've ever accidentally shrunk a wool sweater in the washing machine, then it might help to know that what you actually did was something called 'fulling'. And you can make lots of great things from fulled sweaters! You'll learn how to make a business card case, a scarf, or a soft toy. The library will supply the sweaters, too! You can register online with Event Finder at: www.multcolib.org/events, or call the Sellwood-Moreland Library at 503/988-5398.

There are many other titles available on handicrafts at your nearest branch of the Multnomah County Library, including beading, jewelry work, clay, metal and wood crafting. Whatever your medium for creative endeavors, stop by your neighborhood library for inspiration today.