Fort Bend County Libraries will present a series of online, craft- and hobby-themed video demonstrations to introduce people to new hobbies and activities, and to give current crafters inspiration and new ideas.

Because of social-distancing recommendations, Fort Bend County Libraries will offer virtual craft and hobby activities online this spring, so that they can be viewed from the comfort and safety of home.

These demonstration videos can be viewed by selecting “Virtual Programs” on the “Classes and Events” tab on the Fort Bend County Libraries website – www.fortbend.lib.tx.us – and finding the programs on the dates listed. The May schedule is as follows:

· “Crystal-Heart Pendant for Mom – Monday, May 3 (pre-recorded video)

Create a handcrafted pendant with a heart-shaped crystal that can be used for a necklace, set of earrings, or as a charm. Materials needed for this wire-wrapped pendant include: a crystal or stone, craft wire (20-gauge and 24-gauge), scissors or wire cutter, and any form of pliers.

“Book-Page Rose” – Wednesday, May 5 (pre-recorded video)

Library staff will demonstrate how to use pages from an old book, scissors, and hot glue to create a paper rose for Mother’s Day.

“Flower-Drawing Workshop” – Wednesday, May 5 (live-streamed)

In this live-streamed Webex event, learn how to draw five types of flowers. Viewers are encouraged to have a pen or pencil and paper so that they can follow along in this online instruction. Registration is required; a link to the Webex session will be emailed to all who register.

“Craft Corner” – Thursday, May 6, 4:30 pm (live-streamed)

In this live-streamed Webex event, people of all experience levels – from beginners to advanced – who enjoy any type of crafting are invited to attend to get other crafters’ perspectives, critiques, and suggestions. Chat and network with other crafters who enjoy anything from art and needlework to woodwork and much more! Registration is required; a link to the Webex session will be emailed to all who register.

“Photography Basics: What Makes This Photograph Great” – Monday, May 10 (pre-recorded video)

Learn how to critique amazing photographs by master photographers to gain a better understanding of the elements that make a photo great. This episode will focus on “the Scrabble game,” a photograph by British painter and photographer David Hockney.

“Earth Day Art & Craft” – Saturday, May 22 (live-streamed)

The average person produces almost 2,000 pounds of trash each year. In this live-streamed Webex activity, representatives from Unite and Inspire will demonstrate how to take used or left-over materials and upcycle or recycle them into something beautiful. Learn how to recycle different materials to make beads, which can then be used to make a necklace or bracelet. Materials for this project include: cereal box or magazine papers, clear nail polish, 10-12 skewers, 1 package of yarn/string, scissors, and glue. Registration is required; a link to the Webex session will be emailed to all who register.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is required for the live-streamed activities ONLY; a link to the Webex session will be emailed to participants who register. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

For more Fort Bend County Libraries DIY videos, visit the library system’s YouTube channel -- https://bit.ly/FBCLYouTubeChannel.

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