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By LeAnn Kunz, Washington Public Library | Feb 24, 2014

It has been a fun and festive Fiber Arts February at the library. This annual celebration has grown every year and it is only possible with the help of everyone in the community who has a love and appreciation for fiber and textiles. This year we added a Fiber Art display in the Helen Wilson Gallery which included new and old pieces from our patrons. We had examples of quilting, crochet, weaving, embroidery, and cross stitch hung all across the walls. We know that there are a lot more beautiful and intricate textiles and dry goods tucked away in drawers and cupboards around Washington and hope that patrons will consider sharing those in future Fiber Arts February displays.

We also have a delightful exhibit that continues through the end of the month called “Play-With-Your-Food.” Some crafty participants knitted and crocheted play food items that really make you want to take a bite! We hope that everyone will take time to come in and view this exhibit on the second level when they stop in for their books and other items.

In addition to these displays, the library has offered three workshops this month. A Knitting-in-the-Round class taught by Christy Meader concluded last week. Participants learned how to knit on multiple, double-pointed needles and made a pair of fingerless mitts. We also had a Felted Beads workshop last weekend taught by Carol Ray. That group learned the art of needle felting, turning wool roving into colorful beads for necklaces and bracelets. Our final event takes place this coming Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. titled Sweater Slippers workshop. Patrons are invited to register to attend and make a pair of slippers out of an old, felted wool sweater. Directions for felting a sweater are available at the library or on our Web site at <http://www.washington.lib.ia.us/sweater-slippers-workshop>.

Remember that the library has a wide variety of books on crafting fiber arts for patrons to continue their self-directed learning. Plus, a group of enthusiasts meet regularly on the first Friday of every month at 7 p.m. at Sticks & Strings. The library would like to thank everyone who participated in the celebration this year!

The following new materials are available.

Gifts & Memorials

Butterfly Palace by Collen Coble given in memory of Kenneth Bauer by Gail & Sharon Niffenegger

Adult Fiction

Death of a Policeman by M. C. Beaton, The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman, Moving Target by J. A. Jance, Concealed in Death by J. D. Robb

Large Print Fiction

Mrs. Lincoln's Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini, Moving Target by J. A. Jance, Bertie Plays the Blues by Alexander McCall Smith, Hunted by Karen Robards, The Last Kiss Goodbye by Karen Robards

Young Adult Fiction

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlson, Storm by Donna Jo Napoli, Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

Juvenile Fiction

All That's Missing by Sarah Sullivan, Designs by Isabelle by Laurence Yep, Isabelle by Laurence Yep, To the Stars, Isabelle by Laurence Yep

Adult Biography

Traitor to His Class by H. W. Brands, Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin, Kansas City Lightning by Stanley Crouch

Adult Nonfiction

Pilgrimage by Lynn Austin, Monsters by Rich Cohen, A Country Doctor's Journal by Roger A. MacDonald, The Priority List by David Menasche, Unsung Heroes by Pat Strange, The Wapsipinicon Almanac No. 20


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