In recognition of March as National Craft Month, the crafty librarians at Lihu‘e Public Library have unveiled a varied selection of books on handmade arts and crafts of all kinds.
The shelves are fully stocked with books on painting, carving, sewing, stained glass, candle-making, basketry, and photography.
Also in stock are home-decorating books on floors, furnishings, window-treatments, cabinets and lighting, and books on arts and crafts such as Hawaiian lei, Celtic cross-stitching, and Japanese sumi-e.
In working towards the digital age, the librarians recommend checking out the latest books on basic downloading, digital printing, and creating CDs or DVDs.
Here are a few selected titles that are recommended reading, from the staff at the Lihu‘e Public Library:
• “Batik: 21 Beautiful Projects Using Simple Techniques,” by Diana Light;
• “Chinese Calligraphy Made Easy: A Structured Course in Creating Beautiful Brush Lettering,” by Rebecca Yue;
• “The Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking,” by Kimberley Adams;
• “Crafting Personal Shrines: Using Photos, Mementos & Treasures to Create Artful Displays,” by Carol Owen;
• “Digital Art Studio: Techniques for Combining Inkjet Printing with Traditional Art Materials,” by Karin Schminke;
• “Digital Video Handbook: Equipment, Techniques, Projects, Editing,” by Tom Ang;
• “The Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking Tools & Techniques,” by Susan Pickering Rothamel;
• “House Beautiful Window Workshop,” by Tessa Evelegh;
• “The Magic of Crazy Quilting: A Complete Resource for Embellished Quilting,” by J. Marsha Michler;
• “Origami Flowers,” by Soonboke Smith;
• “Scarf Style: Innovative to Traditional, 31 Inspirational Styles To Knit and Crochet,” by Pam Allen;
• “Stained Glass: The Craft, the Art, and Restoration Techniques Demonstrated and Explained with Step-By-Step Photos,” by Pere Valldeperez.