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5/2/2013
Japanese Kumihimo, Needle Felting and Button Accessorizing Up Next at Library ‘Crafty Minnesota’ Workshops
Want to learn handcraft techniques from a professional artist? Artists from the Textile Center, a national center for fiber art located in Minneapolis, will teach three new “Crafty Minnesota” workshops this summer at Hennepin County libraries. Adults can learn the traditional Japanese art of kumihimo braiding, needle felting, and how to accessorize with buttons. Workshops are free; all supplies are provided.
 
Kumihimo is an eight-stranded braid or cord that can be made into a bracelet or other jewelry, handles on bags, or sturdy straps. “It is a totally addictive craft,” said Becka Rahn, education manager and WebWeaver at the Textile Center.
 
She said needle felting is “a new variation on a very ancient craft. It is a way of making fabric from wool fibers. You use a special barbed needle to help tangle the loose fibers together, essentially fusing them into a single piece of fabric.”
 
“Buttons,” according to Rahn, “are the ultimate collectible. Everyone has a button jar somewhere.” Adults will do a variety of techniques, including simple knotting, macramé and jewelry-making plus a little sewing to create button accessories. “You can make jewelry from buttons, you can add them to other clothing and accessories, hair ties, home décor. I have seen shoes, corsets and coffee tables covered in buttons.”
 
Patrons who have attended “Crafty Minnesota” workshops rave about them. Emily Lein of Minneapolis remembered “the wacky plant hangers my mother had from the 1970s” and attended a “Crafty Minnesota: Retro Macramé” workshop at Hennepin County Library – Nokomis a few weeks ago.
 
“The instructor was fantastic,” Lein said. “She offered different ways of thinking about the project and understood that people learn in different ways. It was free, which was cool, and I left with a neat bag that I made.” She plans to use the bag for carrying items purchased at the farmer’s market.
 
Odia Wood-Krueger, who lives in the Standish neighborhood of Minneapolis, enjoyed “Crafty Minnesota” knitting and felting workshops at Hennepin County Library – Northeast and Hennepin County Library – Nokomis.
 
“I'm a bit of a ‘hobby-aholic,’ so being able to explore a new craft with no cost was very exciting!” Wood-Krueger said. “I love that the classes were taught by someone who is passionate about handiwork and has a history of teaching the craft.
 
“My mother tried to teach me to knit many years ago and I gave up after the first lesson — getting the tension right can be tricky! I wanted to give it another try and this was the perfect chance to engage with like-minded folks and attempt again. As it turns out, I love the repetitiveness of knitting and often pick up the needles to turn my brain off after a busy day.”
 
She continued, “As for wet felting, it was a new craft experience for me. I took a needle felting class from the Textile Center prior to the ‘Crafty Minnesota’ workshop so I knew I would like working with fibers. What I love most about the ‘Crafty Minnesota’ workshops is that they take something that seems difficult and break it down so that everyone can experience success. 
 
“I have recommended these classes to anyone who will listen! I love that some of the libraries have chosen to spend their Legacy funds in this manner. What a great way to get people to come together to learn a new skill and meet new people.”
 
For  more information about summer “Crafty Minnesota” workshops, please call the following libraries:
 
Crafty Minnesota: Kumihimo Bracelets
For adults. Learn how to do kumihimo, a Japanese eight-stranded braid with intricate patterns that look complicated, but are easy to master. Finish it off with a clasp and you have a colorful braided bracelet with subtle shimmer. Materials provided. Find related books and more at the Library. 
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with the Textile Center.


Ridgedale Library
Monday, June 3, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Register online or call 612-543-8800.

Nokomis Library
Saturday, June 8, 3–5 p.m.
Register online or call 612-543-6800.

St. Louis Park Library
Thursday, June 20, 7–9 p.m.
Registration required, begins May 23. Register online or call 612-543-6125.


Crafty Minnesota: Needle Felting
For adults. Paint and draw with tiny bits of wool and a special needle. Create a pin or tiny ornament using the technique of needle felting. Materials provided. Find related books and more at the Library. 
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with the Textile Center.

Ridgedale Library
Monday, July 1, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Registration required, begins June 3. Register online or call 612-543-8800.

Nokomis Library
Saturday, July 13, 3–5 p.m.
Registration required, begins June 15. Register online or call 612-543-6800.

St. Louis Park Library
Thursday, July 18, 7–9 p.m.
Registration required, begins June 20. Register online or call 612-543-6125.

 
Crafty Minnesota: Button Box
For adults. Buttons are not only functional, but also beautiful, whimsical and decorative. Dig through our treasure trove of buttons and learn techniques to make your own button accessories to showcase these tiny bits of art. Materials provided.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with the Textile Center.

 
Ridgedale Library
Monday, Aug. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Registration required, begins July 8. Register online or call 612-543-8800.
 
Nokomis Library
Saturday, Aug. 10, 3-5 p.m.
Registration required, begins July 13. Register online or call 612-543-6800.
 
St. Louis Park Library
Thursday, Aug. 15, 7-9 p.m.
Registration required, begins July 18. Register online or call 612-543-6125.

5/2/2013


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