Pinterest is all the current rage online. Pinterest users can “pin” pictures from websites onto their online “boards.” Clicking on the picture will take you back to the website the picture was taken from and, much like Facebook, the pictures can be seen by the user’s Followers. Some of the most popular types of “pins” include food and recipes, quotes, and arts and crafts. I freely admit to being a Pinterest user, but in the year or so that I’ve been using Pinterest I’ve found that it has its limitations. Personally, I have found Pinterest to be unreliable when it comes to finding tutorials for crafting and much prefer getting my craft instructions from books.
My preference for books over Pinterest is due to the inconsistent quality of crafts found on Pinterest. Most Pinterest crafts come from personal blogs. While some of these may contain high quality, easy to understand, step-by-step instructions, this is often not the case. Professionally published craft books, on the other hand, feature high quality design, professional photographs and illustrations, and carefully edited step-by-step instructions. They also include patterns, if necessary. For example, I recently made a doll for a friend’s daughter using the book Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love. The book included all necessary pattern templates, detailed, step-by-step instructions with illustrations, and photographs of the finished doll. it also included a “Stitch Glossary” explaining, with illustrations, all of the different stitches used during the project. The instructions were clear, complete, and concise, and I was thrilled with the final project.
At ACPL we have a wide variety of craft books available to get your creative juices flowing. Our books cover all skill levels and all types of crafts: from fiber crafts such as quilting, knitting, sewing, crocheting, and embroidery, to toy making, paper crafts, jewelery making, flower arranging and wood carving. We even have books focused on seasonal crafts and upcycled projects. If you enjoy crafting with others, bring your current project and join us at our Craft Cafe, the second Thursday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Downtown Library.