Subject Guides » Crafts
Knitting Pattern Central
A free knitting pattern directory with links to knitting tutorials and free patterns
Walker Treasury Projects
A volunteer effort to make available on the web high-quality color photos of all patterns in Barbara Walker's five treasuries.
A fun website filled with free printable knitting patterns.
A social networking website for the fiber-arts, Ravelry functions as an organizational tool for a variety of fiber arts including knitting, crocheting, spinning, and weaving. Ravelry has tools to keep track of your yarn, tools and pattern information, and to share or sell your patterns and crafts to others.
Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcrafts Fair
This Cummington event is a unique immersion in the background & creation of wool fiber and crafts using it.
Crochet Guild of America
Everything crochet including stitches, patterns, lessons, and many helpful links.
Forbes Library Knitting Circle
The Forbes Library hosts a weekly knitting circle, and occasional classes or workshops led by a teacher. Ask at the Reference Desk or call reference at 413-587-1012 or look at the events calendar under Instruction for more information.
Valley Fiber Life
Locally-based online magazine with information and resources on fiber arts.
World Wide Quilting Page
A plethora of information on quilting. Includes a How-To page, and a quilt coloring book that allows you to choose a common block type, then print a 6x8 block layout, which you can then color in. Also includes extensive links and references to paper based resources and quilting organizations. A good place to start learning about quilting.
A quilting e-magazine (subscription) with some free projects and blog.
Some local potters and teaching studios
Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail
A group of area clay artists who hold an annual open studio tour; some also give lessons.
Andrew Quient Pottery
A teaching studio in the heart of downtown Northampton.
This crafts center in Williamsburg offers ceramics classes.
These two non-local studios have good collections of Internet links:
Check the "Pottery Tips" and "Useful Links" sections.
The studio says the links pages aren't actively maintained any more, but they still have lots of good information.
An international community of potters. Some of the features require membership, but there's lots of free stuff too.
The online classes are fee-based, but there's free interactive content too.
This site "is a repository for hip, crafty, diy (do it yourself) projects. People who have crafty urges, but who are not excited by cross stitched bunnies and crocheted toilet paper cozies, can show off their current craft projects, ask advice on future projects and get inspiration for new endeavors." Includes forums for projects involving housewares, clothing, recycled materials, and more. Searchable.
A portal to seasonal and traditional craft sites with patterns and instructions for a huge range of projects.
Art Promote: Arts and Crafts
Extensive collection of links and resources on a wide variety of crafts.
A good starting point including patterns & techniques for beginners and advanced beaders, and "Before you buy" guides.
Woodworkers sharing ideas, stories, technical and safety tips, guide to varieties of wood, and links to outside resources.
A resource for indigenous ethno-technology focusing on the arts of Eastern Woodland Indian Peoples, providing historical & contemporary background with instructional how-to's & references.
A large website where users buy and sell handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies.