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Hobbies & Crafts

Are you looking to find a creative outlet or get some guidance on your favorite hobby? Use this guide to develop your DIY skills, spark a new interest, get inspired, and follow your artistic pursuits.

Web Resources

Discover a Hobby: Not sure what hobby to try? Check out this Ultimate List of Hobbies.

DIY Projects: Find DIY projects, crafts, recipes, home renovations, home repairs, weekend activities & more!

Instructables make it easy to learn how to make anything, one step at a time. From the stovetop to the workshop, you are sure to be inspired by the awesome projects that are shared every day.  

Knit Purl Hunter:  Michelle Hunter is a native of Ohio and teaches knitting classes all over the country. “Her website has video tutorials that are the best around.”

Ravelry is a great fiber arts source to ask questions, find unique patterns, post your finished projects, join test knits/crochet groups, and more. It is a free site but users must register.

Skip to My Lou: Craft, Create, Celebrate…find the inspiration at Skip to my Lou! 

The Spruce Crafts: The Spruce Crafts is a DIY craft and hobby site covering helpful tips and step-by-step tutorials from passionate makers.

At the Library

Library of things: Cake Pans & More
Library of things: Games
Library of things: Tools
Crafty Attic: Sign up for this month’s take home adult craft!

Recommended Library Databases

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center –This site offers detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines. Content Includes full text for nearly 2,000 magazines and books, more than 720 videos, more than 180 hobby profiles, and more than 10,000 recipes.

Home Improvement Reference Center – This home improvement database features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines, images not found anywhere else online, and videos of popular home repair projects. 

AtoZ World Food – Contains traditional recipes for 174 countries covering all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, bread, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages.  Also covers food culture for 174 countries of the world in six categories: National Cuisine, Regional Cuisine, Daily Meals, Dining Etiquette, Special Occasion Foods, and Food Trivia.

Chilton Online Auto Repair Manuals – Find diagnostics designed by instructors, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs), step-by-step repair procedures, and much more.

Click here to find these databases and more.

Find A Book With Our Search Starters

Print Resource: Magazines

Books to inspire a new hobby

Take home a great craft book

Mansfield/Richland County Public Library subject guides are assembled by our reference team. Please contact the reference department at 419.521.3110 if you would like more help with this subject.

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