November 05, 2022

Ignite’s Season of Giving 2022


by Kris Hurst

Handmade items are a great gift to give around the holidays. They are fun to make and add a personal touch. From November thru December, Ignite has several different classes and drop-ins for school aged patrons on up to get involved in making unique items to give. Already have gifts to give? Check out our gift-wrapping options for making gift bags, gift tags or wrapping paper. Want to make something to donate? Ignite will fill any donated eco-friendly gift bags with period products in support of HamCo Love. Donated woven dog and cat toys will be passed on to the Humane Society for Hamilton County.  Check out our Ignite Season’s of Giving 2022 offerings below!

Ignite’s Season of Giving 2022

Drop-In Activity: Eco-Friendly Gift Bag or Tag
11/1/2022- 11/20/2022

Stop by Ignite during regular library hours to make a gift bag or tag with fabric featuring the winning design from our ‘Pattern’ exhibit. Sew your fabric swatch into a small bag using our sewing machines or by hand. Alternatively, embellish with embroidery thread or fabric markers to make a tag. Step-by-step instruction sheets will guide you in utilizing the fabric.  Materials will be available in Ignite while supplies last. Ages 8 and up.

Creative Bug Class: Painted Fabric
11/5/2022 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
11/14/2022 6-7:30 PM

Come learn together in this fun class! Ignite will provide the supplies while participants and a staff person follow a Creative Bug tutorial to make a piece of fabric art that can be added to your home or given as a gift. Creative Bug is a free app provided by the library that has hundreds of online tutorials on making and crafting. Get familiar with Creative Bug’s content while experimenting with this fabric painting technique. Registration begins two weeks prior to class. Ages 13 and up.

Maker-in-Residence: Holiday Gift Class
11/28/2022 6:00-8:00 PM
12/14/2022 5:30-7:30 PM

Learn the basics of weaving on a simple frame loom in this class for beginners and complete a gift for someone special or yourself! We’ll cover how to set-up your loom, basic weaving techniques, achieving varied textures and how to finish and display your work. We will create your choice of: coaster set, placemat, woven pendant or wall-hanging. Class includes supplies and a portable 4-6 inch loom to take home! Registration begins two weeks prior to class. Ages 12 +

Clay ‘Drop In’: Clay Ornaments
12/4/2022 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Drop in to Ignite and try your ‘hand’ at hand building. Hand building is a great way to learn about the properties of clay and its various stages. Instruction displays will facilitate self-exploration on pressing natural materials into a circular slab of clay. The clay is self-hardening and paintable and patrons will be able to take what they make! Ages 5 and up.

Drop-In Activity: Woven Pet Toys
12/5- 12/18/2022

Stop by Ignite during regular library hours to make a dog or cat toy to donate or give to your own furry friend. Weave together strips of fabric to create a colorful rope. Step-by-step instruction sheets will help you in this self-guided activity. Materials will be available in Ignite while supplies last.

Screen Printed Wrapping Paper ‘Drop-in’
12/17/2022 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Here’s your chance to learn how to screen print on paper.  You can create fun wrapping paper for your holiday gift giving.  Drop into Ignite and staff will show you how to screen print using vinyl stencils.  We’ll have 3 stencil designs for you to choose from. Learn how to use this fun kit from our kit library. Then come back and make your own designs on t-shirts, sweatshirts, aprons, flags, backpacks, banners, paper, wood, the list goes on and on. For ages 8 and up. While supplies last!

Join us all season long to give back. Don’t forget to visit our Ignite Community Discussion Board to share what you’ve made. Happy making!