Sunday, 9 September 2007

The Crafters' Way 27

I write a weekly craft column for a local paper. Each week I share it with bloggers.

The Pine Rivers Shire Council Library at Pathways has a wonderful variety of craft books to borrow. Many of these books are recent releases. Borrowing craft books from the Library is an inexpensive and convenient way to learn a new craft. The Pathways Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm. Thursday 9.00am – 8.00pm. Saturday & Sunday 10.00 am – 3.00 pm.

With school holidays coming around fast parents will be searching for ways to occupy their children. Pathways Library has a number of craft books especially written with children in mind.

The Girls’ World Book of Jewelry by Rain Newcomb (J745.5942 NEW).

This book has been written for children who have had no experience making jewelry. There are simple patterns that children will be able to complete with little adult assistance. There are also patterns for the more experienced. The jewelry designs are suitable for young ones to wear. The front section explaining colour, design and jewelry making techniques is easy to read. I’m sure the girls will love it.

Wizard Crafts by Heidi Boyd (J745.594 BOY)

All the Harry Potter fans will loves this book. Make your own kaleidoscope, puppets with their own stage or a magic cauldron. There is even a soft toy that is made out of socks. What a great way to use all those singles. If your child has a birthday party during the holidays this book also comes with wizard party ideas and magical gifts. A sure fire hit with the junior wizards.

Design and Make Masks by Susie Hodge (J745.59 HOD)

No book on masks would be complete without instructions for paper mache masks but don’t start thinking about the mess just yet. Inside this book you will also find masks for boys and girls, simple directions and plenty of options for substituting materials. Making masks is an activity suitable for children of all ages; just let the children’s skills and attention dictate the style. Plenty of activities that won’t need a lot of planning.

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