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Anoka County Library’s Spinning Yarns: Telling Tales about Textiles

Date: Feb 9th, 2013

Anoka County Library’s Spinning Yarns: Telling Tales about Textiles

What do baseballs, spacesuits, and mittens have in common?  They are all textiles. 
Every day we use textiles. We wear them, dry dishes with them, hang them on our walls. Through Spinning Yarns: Telling Tales about Textiles we’ll explore how they’re made, the materials they’re made with, and the stories they tell.

“With the resurgence of knitting and handcrafts over the past decade, textiles are still a vital part of our culture,” said Library Board Vice President Cathy Montain.  “Learn about yarn from fleece to finished object.”

Anoka County Library will host several programs as part of the Spinning Yarns series:

Spinning Yarns
Join us for a demonstration and discussion of spinning techniques.
Saturday, January 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Johnsville Library 12461 Oak Park Blvd, Blaine 763-767-3853

Knitting Crash Course
Learn to cast on, start your first knitting project, and information about yarn from fleece to finished project! Bring size 8 needles and worsted weight yarn in your favorite color.
Saturday, February 9, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Northtown Library, 711 County Rd 10 NE, Blaine 763-717-3267

Narratives: Knitting History with Minnesota Stories
From necessity to hobby, knitting is a rich and storied craft. Learn how it is part of Minnesota’s cultural fabric and see artifacts from historic collections.
Monday, February 11, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Crooked Lake Library, 11440 Crooked Lake Blvd, Coon Rapids, 763-576-4695

“When you start thinking of the way textiles weave through our everyday lives, it’ll make your head spin, pardon the pun!” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West.  “This class will definitely give anyone a new appreciation for this art.”

The programs are open to ages 10 and older.  To registration for these free events, visit anokacountylibrary.org or call your neighborhood library.   This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.