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Get Inspired with CreativeBug

I keep seeing adds online for 50% off a monthly subscription to Creativebug (reg $9.99/mo, now $4.99/mo) or a free giftcard to JoAnns if I buy a yearly CreativeBug pass for $50.  But did you know that access to CreativeBug is FREE for all FRVPLD cardholders? 

CreativeBug Log in screen

To get started, all you have to do is click any of the CreativeBug photos in this blog post, or hop on over to the research tab of the library website and click on the CreativeBug link. Once you get to the log in screen for CreativeBug, enter your library card #.  In the field that says PIN, just enter the same password that you use to log into your account on the library website.  If you have any problems, just call or email the library for assistance.

Creativebug is the award-winning destination for high-quality online art and craft video classes. You'll enjoy unlimited access to 1000+ award winning HD instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, baking and more. All classes are taught by experts with new classes added daily. I've been exploring a lot of classes on CreativeBug lately.  You can search by keyword, explore by topic, save classes to your library, and all of the classes keep track of what point you are at.  Next time you log in and click on a class, it will ask you if you want to "resume" or start watching from the beginning.  The classes are broken down into chapters for easy navigation and many have downloadable PDF patterns and instuctions.

The classes on CreativeBug pair nicely with our new Circulating Craft Kits.  The kits are desinged to give you everything you need to explore crafting in a certain medium.  While some of the kits include instructions for specific projects, handouts or small books, they were meant to be more of a starting off point to try something new. That includes checking out library books, and exploring other online resources.  The craft kits were mentioned in the last e-newletter and they have since all been checked out! But don't worry, you can use the links to the catalogue below to place a hold on any of the Circulating Craft Kits.  Each kit comes with the tools needed as well as a supply of consumables (like paper or yarn) that will be replenished for each new check out. Craft Kit loan period is one week, and can be checked out from the Information Desk at the Dundee Library.

Hand Lettering & Bullet Journaling

Card Making

Round Knitting Loom

Macrame

Knitting

Book Binding

Friendship & Kumihumo Bracelets

Crochet

Felt Sewing & Embroidery

Metal Stamping

P.S. I will be teaching an intermediate crochet class at the library in Jan 2021, where we will be making a winter cowl.  All supplies will be provided, but participants will need to know how to chain, single and double crochet before the class.  So if that sounds interesting, and you are new to crochet, now is the time to start practicing. 

Want to get a full Crochet intro class?  Check out the following on CreativeBug:

Edie Eckman is the author of The Crochet Answer Book that is included in the Crochet Craft Kit.

Edie Eckman's How to Work a Single Crochet ,  Edie Eckman's How to Work a Double Crochet

Cal Patch's Beginner Crochet 1  She speaks really slowly, and just hits the basics.  She uses an overhand hold (like I do).

Carla Scott's How to Crochet   This is a longer class and she hits all the details.

Happy Crafting!