The first Saturday of each month from February through June, the Art, Music and Recreation Center will present a series of hands-on craft events called Good Crafternoon.
Our March 2nd Crafternoon program will be “Embroidery 101: It’s Not Just for Pillowcases Anymore!” in the Sycip Conference room on the 4th floor of the Main Library.
Samples of embroidery go back to ancient times -- some date back to the 3rd century BCE. Yet this craft is more popular today than ever. Freeform embroidery makes the plain and practical into something creative and colorful. Embroidery is a fun, inexpensive, portable craft. It is easy to learn, but offers an infinite variety of projects and skill levels. From covering a hole in your favorite jeans to reproducing the Bayeux Tapestries, embroidery is a wonderful way to express your creativity.
In class you will learn how to choose the right tools and materials, where to find designs and inspiration, and how to transfer your designs to your fabric. We will practice the seven most commonly used stitches and apply them in class. You will be able to choose one individual project to take home. The projects are a framable sampler of the stitches you’ve learned, an embroidered covered button, a bookmark or a coffee cup cozy. The fabrics are white cotton, natural linen, or navy blue wool felt. You may also bring a project from home.
All of our Crafternoon programs are limited to 12 participants, so that everyone can get plenty of hands-on attention. In order to guarantee a spot please register ahead of time by calling (415) 557-4525 or emailing our department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SFPL also has a great collection of embroidery books with thousands of inspiring projects. You will find them on the Fourth Floor in call numbers 746.44 – 746.446.
The idea behind the Zentangle phenomenon was created accidentally. In 2005, a calligrapher named Maria Thomas was working on designs for the background of a manuscript. She found the work relaxing and gave her a sense of focus. In a discussion with her partner, Rick Roberts, a former Buddhist monk, she expressed how the process felt. He identified this type of drawing as a form of meditation. Together they worked on creating a system that could be taught to others.
Zentangle Untangled, written by Kass Hall, is a good introduction to the practice. The book is divided into two parts. The first part introduces the concept of Zentangle and allays the fears of future Zentanglers about not being creative enough. This meditative approach to drawing works because the focus is not on making a likeness of something in the world, it is on making many lines or circles or squares, building a decorative work. Calm comes with this repetition. The author also mentions how it has helped her keep centered when she was dealing with severe health problems.
To strictly adhere to the Zentangle creed, it is recommended that followers use Fabriano Tiepolo printmaking paper. It is 100% cotton, mold-made and then cut to the dimension of a Zentangle tile. In addition, Zentangle made an agreement with Sakura, a Japanese pen maker so that the pigma micron pen would be its official pen. That being said, this doodler used a sketchpad and a regular writing pen and it seemed to work fine. (Though the pigma micron pens are great to use.)
The second chapter gives instruction on making specific tangles. The tangles that are shown look quite complex, but Hall introduces them from the beginning, showing the progress at six different stages. She also gives the original artist’s name and a bit of history about any inspiration that was used in the design. On the accompanying page are examples of the tangle incorporated into larger works.
The second part of the book deals with different applications of Zentangle. Chapter three goes into rudimentary color theory. In chapter four Hall delves into the pros and cons of using different media to decorate Zentangles, including acrylic, water color and colored pencils. Chapter five discusses journaling, using photographs and digital applications. While it's pleasurable to expand one's Zentangle vocabulary, the author admits that when working in the digital realm one completely loses the meditative benefits.
According to the Dewey Decimal System, the call number 708 generally consists of works about galleries, museums, and private collections of Fine Arts.
Works about the business aspects of running a gallery are also included in this section (How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery.) There are books about individual collectors - for instance books about Peter Selz, Charles Saatchi and the Rockefellers all get the call number 708.0092 (the .0092 refering to biographies of Americans).
The call numbers 708.1 through 708.9 are all about museums and museum collections according to their geographical location. They use the same numbering system as 759 series (paintings and painters), or the 784.49 series (folk songs) to designate each location.
There are finer subdivisions within these numbers as well. For example, 708.1471 is the call number for New York City museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art. More importantly for us, 708.1946 is the call number for San Francisco museums like the Legion of Honor, De Young and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Remember that the books in this section are about the institution and its permanent collections. Traveling exhibitions will be cataloged according to their subject matter of the exhibition.
Browse both the circulating, oversize and reference sections of collection. You can also browse this collection through the online catalog.
Here are a few of the titles we have just arrived on our shelves in the subjects of sports and recreation. These include histories, appreciations, and instruction guides.Follow the links below for location information. Place a hold on title you want to have sent to your branch.