Relax this month by discovering a new hobby, or share ideas with other crafty folks! Fort Bend County Libraries will present a series of craft-themed programs to introduce adults to new hobbies and activities, and to give current crafters inspiration and new ideas. Samples of the library’s instructional books, magazines, and websites on various crafts will be available.
Materials and refreshments for these programs are made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Library organizations. Proceeds from the Friends of the Library book sales and annual membership dues help to underwrite the costs of special programming and various cultural events at the library.
Reservations are not required, unless otherwise indicated. For more information, call the branch library or the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734. For the programs that require reservations, register online on the library’s Events calendar, or call the branch library to sign up.
- “Spring Wreaths” – 10:30 am to 12:00 noon -- Albert George Branch Library, Needville, Meeting Room.
Decorative wreaths aren’t just for December anymore! Celebrate your favorite seasons and holidays by making different wreaths to decorate your doorway and welcome your guests throughout the year. In this workshop, learn how to use Deco Mesh to make a stunning wreath that is weather-proof and sturdy enough to use outdoors, yet delicate and beautiful enough to use indoors as well. Those attending the class should bring the following supplies: 2 rolls of Deco Mesh of any color (21 inches x 10 yards), a wire wreath frame with ties or matching pipe-cleaners, and ribbons or other decorative accessories. Reservations are not required.
- “The Language of Flowers” – 6:30 to 7:30 pm – Cinco Ranch Branch Library, Multi-purpose Room.
Katy-area residents can celebrate Valentine’s Day by surprising their sweetheart, family, or friends with sweet messages using the language of flowers! Library staff member Alison Allen will talk about the meanings of different flowers and the history of how people have communicated with each other with flowers. Those attending the program will have an opportunity to create their own secret message by arranging flowers in a tussie-mussie posy. Register here.
- “Crochet Workshop: Edgings” – 9:30 am to 12:00 noon -- Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, Meeting Room.
Library staff member Marie Picon will demonstrate how to apply decorative crochet edgings to blankets and other items. Learn multiple techniques and get ideas for using these skills in a variety of projects. Those attending the program will master multiple stitches, practice crocheting in the round, and receive ideas for using their new skills in simple projects. This workshop is a hands-on adult craft class for individuals aged 16 and above. No previous crochet experience is necessary. Register here.
- “YA Design by You: Origami for Valentine’s Day” – 6:00 to 8:00 pm -- Sugar Land Branch Library, Conference Room.
Teens in grades 9 through 12 can celebrate Valentine’s Day by surprising their sweetheart, family, or friends with origami Valentines that they have created themselves! Library staff will demonstrate how to make Japanese origami -- delicate art forms created by twisting and folding paper into unique shapes. Learn how to make whimsical shapes such as a heart for Valentine’s Day. Reservations are not required.
- “Pop-Up Valentine”– 10:00 to 11:00 am – Mamie George Branch Library, Stafford, Makerspace.
Show how much you care with a personalized, custom Valentine that you make yourself! Learn how to make pop-up Valentine’s Day cards that will impress your friends and loved ones. Materials will be provided. This family-friendly event is open to all ages. Register here.
- “Introduction to Book-Folding”– 10:00 to 11:00 am – Mamie George Branch Library, Stafford, Makerspace.
Are you stumped for gift ideas? Searching for something different and unique for the book lover in your life? What about folded-book art that you can make yourself? Learn how to recycle old books into creative works of art! Library staff will demonstrate how to take an old book and make words and images by folding the pages. No cutting, gluing, or special equipment is needed for this simple craft project. The project is a fun way to re-use old books and give them a new purpose. The resulting piece of art can be a great gift for someone who loves to read. Those attending the program will receive additional patterns to take with them and work on at their leisure. This family-friendly event is open to all ages. Register here.