In recognition of National Craft Month in March, Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library will host a series of hands-on craft activities throughout the month for adults and youth aged 12 and above. The series is designed to introduce people to fun, new crafts and hobbies. The activities will take place on Thursday evenings, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Multi-purpose Room of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.
The schedule of activities is as follows:
- March 1– Crochet Basics with Alex Marriott. In this basic introduction to crocheting, Marriott will demonstrate basic techniques and talk about the tools and yarns that can be used. Those attending the program will receive crochet hooks and yarn with instructions on how to make a potholder or washcloth. A lifelong crafting enthusiast, Marriott learned to crochet at the age of seven. She also enjoys handspinning, weaving, and knitting.
- March 8 – Cross-Stitch Basics. Library staff member Barbara Butler will provide basic instruction on the art of cross-stitch and embroidery. She will demonstrate stitches and discuss the different materials that can be used. Those attending the program will learn how to cross-stitch a bookmark.
- March 15 – Arm-Knitting Basics. In this needle crafting demonstration, learn basic knitting techniques and hear about the tools and materials that can be used. Those attending the program will learn how to knit a scarf.
- March 22 – Basic Watercolor Painting with Zineb Sjahsan. Those attending the class will learn about basic watercolor painting materials and various techniques, such as washes and brushstrokes. Sjahsan will demonstrate how to use these techniques to paint a scene from nature.
- March 29 –Introduction to Origami with Shellene Wilson. In this Japanese origami paper-folding demonstration, learn how to create delicate art forms by twisting and folding paper into unique shapes. A member of Origami USA and Origami Houston, Wilson has taught origami at the Japanese Festival and to various Girl Scout groups.
Materials for these programs are made possible through the generous support of the Friends of Cinco Ranch Branch Library. Proceeds from the Friends of the Library book sales and annual membership dues help to underwrite the costs of special programming and various cultural events at the library.
The programs are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and reservations are encouraged. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “Cinco Ranch Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-395-1311, or by visiting the library.