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Makerspace Tuesdays

Makerspace Tuesdays are a chance for the artists, crafters, builders, and makers in our community to get together and try exciting new projects. On select Tuesdays, the library offers a 10:00 am session and a 5:30 pm session to try your hand at new skills and techniques to create wonderful projects.

Space is limited for each session, so please enroll to ensure your spot. If you enroll, but find you are unable to attend, please unenroll yourself or call Mike Curtis at 630-553-4354 x120 to allow other patrons to fill your spot.

Below are our upcoming projects:

May 9RosemalingRosemaling or “Rose Painting” emerged as a folk art in Norway in the 1700s.  Norwegians spent long winters painting rococo flowers and flourish on wooden objects inside and outside their homes.  Migrating to America, beautiful rosemaling travel trunks sparked a fires storm of creating rosemaling.  Rococo flowers of subdued colors of the rainbow festooned wooden objects. At this MakerSpace class, create your own keepsake rosemaling object with provided patterns or bring your own ideas.  
May 16DreamcatchersWhat better way to ensure good dreams and “protect” from bad dreams than to hang a dream catcher above the bed or in the window!  Learn how to craft an original dream catcher while exploring the Native American origins and lore attached to these beautiful items.  Registration is required.
June 13Tin PaintingTole painting is the folk art of decorative painting on tin and wooden utensils, objects and furniture. This month, we’ll focus on tin, where typical metal objects include utensils, coffee pots, and similar household items. 
June 20Wood BurningJoin us for an introduction to the art of wood burning and learn how to use the tools, practice various burning techniques and complete either a coaster, ornament or other small project.
June 22Wood BurningSpecial Thursday session to accommodate more makers in this fun project.
July 18Aboriginal Dot PaintingLearn about Australian aboriginal folk art and how these painting replay and celebrate the time of Dreaming.  Aboriginal dot painting is one style which is simple to execute, yet produces an emotionally moving painting.  You will be using this beautiful technique to create a decorative tile.
July 25Christmas in JulyGet a head start of your hand-crafted Christmas ornaments as we created woven ribbon stars, metal embossed bells, and beaded twirlers for your tree.
August 15Plein-Air WeavingUsing a small portable loom, participants will lean the basics of tapestry weaving and hatching to create a small impressionistic landscape.  Weather permitting, we will work outdoors as other plein-air artists do.
September 19Story Stones and Memory RocksLearn the technique of sharing stories (classic stories or personal memories) while painting and manipulating stones to enhance the storying process.
October 17Japanese Book BindingLearn the beautiful art of Japanese book binding.  We will explore two stitched techniques using a variety of papers.  Participants will leave with two completed booklets.
November 21Jump Ring RoundupMix three types of jump rings to form a beautiful chain mail bracelet.  Participants will have a choice of two chain mail designs to make in class and may take the other design home to make after learning the basic techniques for creating chain mail jewelry.  Chain mail jewelry makes wonderful gifts for both males or females.
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