Adult Programming

New Hobbies

Do you need a new hobby? Here are 8 books to help you get your hands busy!

Here's the list in the library's catalog -  https://decorah.biblionix.com/?booklist=27299

 

 

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The Wild Dyer

The Wild Dyer - Abigail Booth

Fabrics colored with natural dyes have a beauty and subtlety all of their own. Onion and avocado skins, chamomile and birch bark, and nettles and acorns can produce lovely, ethereal colors and effects. The Wild Dyer demystifies this eco-conscious art, focusing on foraging and growing dying materials; repurposing kitchen trimmings; making and using long-lasting dyes; and creating stitched projects. Workspace setup, equipment, and fabric choices and care are all discussed. Beautiful photographs and easy-to-follow instructions illustrate how to make eight exquisite household items, from a drawstring bag to a gardener’s smock and a reversible patchwork blanket. The Wild Dyer is a complete guide for both beginners and experienced artists seeking to expand their knowledge of this increasingly popular craft.

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The Art of Fermentation

The Art of Fermentation - Sandor Ellix Katz

Winner of the James Beard Foundation Book Award for Reference and Scholarship, and a New York Times bestseller, with more than a quarter million copies sold, The Art of Fermentation is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Sandor Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide a reader through their first experience making sauerkraut or yogurt, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding and insight for experienced practitioners.

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The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering

The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering - Annie Cicale

One of the most highly recommend instructional books for broad-edged calligraphy, this handbook is ideal for classes or self-study to master the basics of calligraphy. All of the essentials are included in this volume, from the history and practices of this ancient art to a guide to the tools, materials, and design basics needed to create elegant, beautiful writing for all occasions. Also featured is a gallery of examples from today’s best scribes, along with detailed exemplars and diagrams.

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Natural Birdhouses

Natural Birdhouses - Amen and Maria Fisher

Encourage wildlife into your garden with these unique, handcrafted homes for birds, bats, and bugs. Find out how to make them, where to position them for different species, and how to provide food, nesting materials, and shelter for your wild neighbors.

In Natural Birdhouses, you’ll find instructions for making birdhouses, feeders, bat houses, and pollinator houses using materials that you can find locally for free.

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Mend!

MEND! - Kate Sekules

For thousands of years, mending was a deep craft that has for too long been a secret history. But now it’s back, bigger and better than ever. In this book Kate Sekules introduces the art of visible mending as part of an important movement to give fashion back its soul. Part manifesto, part how-to, MEND! calls for bold new ways of keeping clothes and refreshing your style. Crammed with tips, fun facts, ravishing photography, and illustrated tutorials, MEND! tells you exactly how to rescue and renew your wardrobe with flair and aplomb--and save money along the way.

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Knitless

Knitless - Laura McFadden

Are you a knitter, crocheter, crafter, or none of the above?
This clever book gives yarn lovers -- both knitters and non-knitters alike -- 50 fun ways to use their stashes without taking out their knitting needles. The projects are easy and simple, but with a modern aesthetic that manages to be both sophisticated and inviting.

Get your hot glue gun fired up, adhere some pompoms to an old office chair, and make the most ho-hum seat in your house into a cozy piece of pop art furniture. Or treat your neck to a stylish infinity scarf. All you need is some bulky yarn and the ability to braid.

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DIY Wood Pallet Projects

DIY Wood Pallet Projects - Karah Bunde

Turn simple shipping pallets into stunning crafts for your home!

With DIY Wood Pallet Projects, you can finally personalize your space without having to spend a fortune on getting that perfect rustic chic look. Featuring 35 creative upcycling ideas, you’ll transform old wood pallets into beautiful projects that will help fill your home and yard with style and personality. If you’ve never picked up a power tool, don’t worry. The easy, step-by-step instructions guide you through the entire woodworking process as you recreate all of your favorite designs

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Build It Yoursel

Build It Yourself - Frank Perrone

Are you into gardening, DIY, or organic living? Looking to branch into woodworking? Build It Yourself: Weekend Projects for the Garden will help you to do just that. Accompanying you every step of the way, from the local home goods store to your workshop or table, Build It Yourself is a fun, accessible, and portable guide to constructing twelve practical, tasteful projects for your garden and home.

Author and master woodworker Frank Perrone instructs with the novice in mind. Each project is designed for simple building, complete with a materials list, a cut sheet that makes getting lumber a snap, dimensional diagrams, illustrated step-by-step instructions with attention to every detail, and “Helpful Hints,” plus space for notes.

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