Community Craft Classes at Libraries
LeBrie has been teaching craft workshops at libraries since 2009 and loves the intersection of community, curiosity, and literacy that happens in our libraries! She specializes in DIY projects for teens, but enjoys working with all ages. These classes are free and open to the public, but often require advance registration. Note that various classes have age limits. Call the library listed to confirm details.
Current classes offered at Multnomah County Libraries (in the Portland metro area) may be viewed anytime on this page of the library’s website.
*Note to librarians: visit LeBrie’s Flickr page to see photos from past programs.
Thursday, March 30 2 – 4 pm: CupFakes! at Capitol Hill Library > FOR TEENS
Saturday, April 15 2 – 4 pm: CupFakes! at Holgate Library > FOR TEENS
Saturday, April 8 2 – 4 pm: Wet Felted Flowers at Selwood Library > FOR ADULTS
Tuesday, June 27 6 – 8 pm: Needle Felting at Molalla Library > FOR TEENS
Tuesday, July 11 4 – 6 pm: Dr. Who Needle Felting at Battleground Library > FOR TEENS
Tues/Wed, July 26/27: Freezer Paper Stencils at Eugene Libraries > FOR TEENS
Wed, August 2 4 – 6 pm: Needle Felting Cute Critters at Tualatin Library > FOR TEENS
Fake out your friends with Cupfakes – sculpted plaster cupcakes that look deliciously similar to the real thing. We’ll use plaster to cast the cakes. Then we’ll frost the Cupfakes with a pastry bag and real piping tips, just like a bakery – except our icing will be tinted spackling paste. Various icing techniques will be taught. Sprinkles will definitely be involved.
|Freezer Paper Stencils
Freezer paper is a widely available material with miraculous properties. We’ll cut stencils out of freezer paper, exploring the concept of positive and negative space. Then we’ll fuse the stencils to fabric using an iron on a low setting, and apply fabric paint. When the freezer paper is removed, a crisp, one-of-a-kind image appears. All of the materials we’ll use are readily available, and teens will leave the class armed with the skills to do this project on their own at home.
Make a festive garland of felted acorns. The acorns will be wet felted wool balls attached to real acorn tops. Come by yourself or bring your friends and family and work together on a bigger garland.
|Bracelets for Friends or Frenemies
Get crafty at the library making bracelets for your friends, frenemies or yourself! From love messages to Harry Potter spells, you can customize these bracelets however you wish. Be contained by the BFF binary no more! We’ll combine beads, charms and various knotting techniques to make adjustable bracelets that fit any-size wrist. Beginners welcome; all materials supplied.
Before color photography was invented, photographers hand-tinted their photos using oil-based pigments. In this program participants will use authentic photo-tinting supplies to hand-tint black and white photos and postcards. Experience magic as you bring green shrubbery to life and add a rosy glow to ladies portraits. Teens are also encouraged to subvert the craft by making psychedelic landscapes and alien people with green skin.
|Ugly Stuffed Animals
Learn to make your own Ugly Stuffed Creations! The charm of these misfit creatures is in their ugly-cute appearance. Teens will design, pattern and hand sew a one-of-a-kind companion. No sewing experience required.
|Wet Felted Sushi
Teens will learn the ancient craft of feltmaking by making a fun campy project. Feltmaking is an traditional craft that pre-dates weaving. Using only raw wool, soapy water and the agitation of our hands, each teen will make a faux nori roll that will be cut up into many pieces of colorful sushi.
|Needle Felted Cakes
Make a sweet for your sweetheart (or yourself)! Using needle felting techniques, we’ll create beautiful and intricate soft sculpture cakes, cookies and other confections that you can take home at the end of class. Great for beginners.
|Dr. Who Needle Felting
Teens! Learn to needle felt a miniature TARDIS, Dalek and other essential Dr. Who artifacts. Needle felting is the approachable and addictive craft of sculpting raw wool with a barbed felting needle. Non-Whovians are welcome needle felt with us too… the subject matter is not limited to Dr. related objects. Let’s craft together!
Teens will learn to make zipper jewelry out of upcycled vintage zippers. I’ll bring a collection of colorful zippers and rhinestones to work with. The resulting zipper accessories (hair clips, pins and headbands) are fun to wear and right on trend with this season’s grunge looks. Participants will have time to make several pieces, to keep or give away. I’ll also bring some jewelry making supplies for ambitious crafters to make earrings out of the zipper parts. This program is not just for girls! Guys can make edgy zipper cuffs too.
|Seed Balls for Kids
Get your hands dirty at the library! We’ll mix a special blend of earth, clay and native wildflower seeds and form it into balls. Wherever they’re placed, a patch of wildflowers will grow that benefits our native bees and butterflies. This hands-on activity teaches the importance of pollinators and empowers kids to transform their neighborhoods!
|Animal Felt Letters
Make the letter of your first name into an animal, just like Ramona Quimby turned her Q into a cat with a tail! This is a crafty program for kids of all ages.