August has arrived and the radiant days of summer continue to unfurl before us, full of experiences waiting to be had and enjoyed. All the extra vitamin D in your system lends itself to energy that can be directed toward creative pursuits — if only you had a fun imaginative outlet. Our staff at Crawfordsville District Public Library totally gets the creativity itch and crafting bug which is why we’re starting the month off with a new display on the second floor highlighting crafts and hobbies just waiting to be explored.

If you’re looking to be the height of #summergoals, don’t miss your chance to dip your hands into a quintessential summer craft: tie-dying. For ideas that go beyond just T-shirts (hello tie-dye shoelaces), flip through titles “Tie-Dye: Dye It, Wear it, Share It” (746.6 Sim) and “Tie & Dye” (746.664 Kin). If you’re over the heat and ready to chill inside in the air conditioning, we have ideas ready to help you make the most of it. Experiment with new 2D art techniques in “Sharpie Art Workshop” (741.26 Good), “The Art of Urban Sketching” (704.9 Cam) or “Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide” (650.11 Mil). Ready to get three dimensional? Try out a totally new-to-you craft with items like “Making Handmade Books” (686.3 Gol), “Quilled Flowers” 9745.592 Bar) and “Finger Knitting Fun” (746.432 How). Experienced crafters will likely enjoy many of the new titles we’ve added to the collection this summer, including the Instagram-ready “Macramé at Home” (746.4222 Ran), “Oh Scrap! Fabulous Quilts That Make the Most of Your Stash” (746.46 Ale), “Rag Rugs, Pillows and More” (746.74 Jac) and “Modern Folk Embroidery” (746.44 Nic).

If you’re all in and ready to dive into some serious projects, consider checking out comedian Nick Offerman’s “Good Clean Fun” (684.08 Off) for woodworking inspirations and techniques or “The Home Blacksmith” (682 Rid) to make use of your spare smithing tools. Ready to devote some time to developing the cosplay project you’ve always wanted to do? Flip through “The Hero’s Closet” (646.478 Con) and “Make: Props and Costume Armor” (646.478 Tho) for ideas and techniques that will take your skills to the next level. Finally, if you’re looking to profit from your talents, you’ll want to check out the titles “The Handmade Marketplace” (745.5 Cha), “Sewing to Sell” (646.2 Lin) and “Selling Your Crafts Online” (658.87 Mil) for tips on starting your own business and making money from your talents.

Whatever your crafting interests, needs and skill levels are, CDPL is here to support your hobby with information on the latest trends. Can’t find what you need? Suggest a book and we will consider adding to our collection. As a side note, we have more inspiration for summer fun at our Grillin’ and Chillin display this month, which can help you improve your cocktails and grilling game. Enjoy the rest of the season.

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