So you’ve checked out a library Fiber Arts Kit! Now what? You can take your pick of three excellent ways to start:
1. Fiber Arts Club: On the 3rd Thursday of every month from 2:30 to 4:00, we hold our club for knitters, crocheters, and stitchers of all types. People are welcome to bring their own projects, or use the tools and supplies we have on hand. If you bring your kit to one of these, our staff member can help get you started!
2. Fiber Arts Website Tab: If you’re reading this, you’re here already! Scroll down to the Getting Started section for video instruction! We’ve broken these links down based on kit, and provided a glossary of every technique you’ll need and an accompanying video to teach you the skill. And remember, you can always slow down a YouTube video to see the steps more clearly, or rewind as many times as you need.
3. Fiber Arts Help Desk: If our Thursday club time doesn’t work for you, you can call the library or ask at the front desk to set up an appointment to get help with your kit.
To use our online resources to get started, find the section about the kit you selected and go from there. All knitting/crochet terms are US unless otherwise stated.
How to use a YouTube craft tutorial: Tips
• Not every tutorial may work for you immediately. We have tried to curate a variety of different videos that show different ways to learn the same skills, but there are far more than we can list here. If you find these ones do not work for you, try searching [insert technique] tutorial in YouTube and seeing what you find.
• Slow it down! YouTube allows you to slow down videos if the technique is shown too quickly. Just click on the gear symbol in the lower right hand corner of the video player. Click on ‘playback speed’ in the menu that then shows up. Then you can select how much slower you want the video to play.
• Replay the video. You probably won’t get it right on your very first try. The nice thing about having a recorded video as your teacher is that you can have it explained to you as many times as you need. Don’t be afraid to watch the tutorial—or even just one part of it—over and over.