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Christmas Crafting : Christmas Stocking Decoration

By Mary, Maynooth Library This craft is suitable for Children who can sew, Young Adults and Adults too. Materials Felt in two contrasting colours e.g. Purple and Yellow. Double strands of Red embroidery thread Ribbon 6 Buttons stocking-patternDownload Also needed – scissors, needles and pins. Method: 1. Cut out two of each of the pattern… Continue reading Christmas Crafting : Christmas Stocking Decoration

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Making a 35cm Christmas Wreath from Baubles

By Catherine Mackey, Naas Community Library #KeepWell in the months ahead. Switching off and having some time to yourself to be creative and do the things you enjoy doing is so important in looking after your mental wellbeing. Items needed · Wire coat hanger Lots of different coloured and different size Christmas baubles (Approximately 60)… Continue reading Making a 35cm Christmas Wreath from Baubles

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Knit Some Baby Mittens

By Ann Kearney, Athy baby-mittens-knitting-patternDownload Materials needed:25 g double knit for one pair of thumbless mittens35g double knit / for one pair of mittens with thumbsPair of 3.25mm knitting needlesPair of 4mm knitting needles (main needles)Gauge/Tension22sts and 30 rows to 10x10cm (4x4”) square in stocking stitch on 4mmneedles Useful Tip:Please take a little time to… Continue reading Knit Some Baby Mittens

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How to Knit a Pumpkin

By Aoife Kerr, Leixlip library Skill level: Easy Materials: orange wool, brown wool, 4mm needles, wool sewing needle, stuffing Cast on 40 stitches, and for 20 rows, knit 2, purl 2. This is known as a double ribbing stich. Once you have reached the end, cut off enough wool, so that you have enough to… Continue reading How to Knit a Pumpkin

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Egg Cozies (a short fun project)

-- great idea for a thoughtful handmade Christmas Gift, maybe!(make a set of six in contrasting colours) By Ann, Athy Library Skill Level: Super Easy.Size: to fit an average size egg.Materials: DK or 4ply wool, colours of yourchoice. 3.25mm needles. Wool sewing needle.(oh, yes! ..and a fork.)Abbreviationsapprox : ApproximatelyK: knitRS: right sidest(s): stitchesWS: wrong side… Continue reading Egg Cozies (a short fun project)

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Felt Finger Puppets

Craft by Sheila, Leixlip Library Today I thought we could make some finger puppets! I have chosen a sheep and a lion. Maybe after you can have fun doing a puppet show. What you will need to make the puppets: Felt in a few colours. I’ve used dark brown, black, toffee colour and white. Card… Continue reading Felt Finger Puppets

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Party Wreath Craft

Craft by Sheila, Leixlip library You could hang this wreath up for your birthday party or just to brighten up the house. It’s a simple craft and fun to make. What you will need : A wire hanger or a florist wire wreath, Scissors andDifferent colours of crepe paper  Cut stripes of crepe paper about… Continue reading Party Wreath Craft

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Perfecting Portraits in Pencil

I am going to run through my drawing process with you, which I hope will help you to improve your pencil drawing skills. I am concentrating on portraits here, but you are welcome to adapt this advice to any subject you think it could apply to. I will be assuming a basic knowledge of art… Continue reading Perfecting Portraits in Pencil

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5 Fun Activities for Big and Little Children

By Aideen Kerr It’s a difficult time for everyone right now, but it’s especially tough on those who are either home alone, or those trying to juggle working from home with minding children. I’ve put together a list of fun activities for people of all ages, big kids like myself, and little kids who are… Continue reading 5 Fun Activities for Big and Little Children

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Olson Face Mask Instructions

with thanks to Clayton Skousen & Rose Hedges for this guide. In recent times the practice of wearing face masks is becoming more common. We are even seeing people wearing some lovely homemade coloured ones. If you like me are a total sewing novice- I haven't touched a sewing machine since my Junior Cert circa… Continue reading Olson Face Mask Instructions