Reference

Crafts

Sites

* Home Improvement Collection
Home improvement articles for the hobbyists and the professional alike. Coverage includes architectural techniques, tool and material selection, and much more.
Access this with your library card number and PIN, or at our libraries.
* World Book Online Craft Corner
Access to thousands of engaging projects suitable for a broad spectrum of hobbyists - from beginner to experienced, for children and adults. Part of World Book Web.
Access this with your library card number and PIN, or at our libraries.
* Handicrafts
Find craft groups around Christchurch on CINCH.
* Artisan Crafts
Deviant Art is one of the biggest art communities on the web. The Artisan Crafts section includes basketry, ceramics, costume, papercraft, glass, leather, metal and wood work, needlework, textiles and more.
* Association of New Zealand Embroiderers' Guild
The parent organisation for 59 embroiderers' guilds all around New Zealand.
* Craft U
Craft University: "online craft classes, courses & workshops from expert craft instructors in quilting, sewing, needlework, knitting, mixed media, crochet, spinning, weaving and more!"
* Craftster
Craftster is an online community where people share hip, off-beat, crafty DIY (do it yourself) projects.
* Craftsy
Offers a free mini-class for you to test-drive online learning. Classes in cooking, gardening, fibre arts, painting, woodwork and more. Also has a store for patterns, projects, kits and supplies.
* Crafty Crafty
The site combines top picks and news stores from across the crafting community with patterns, how-to guides and recipes, and provides even the most devoted crafter with fresh inspiration on a daily basis.
* Creative fibre: New Zealand Spinning, Weaving and Woolcrafts Society
* Embroiderers' Guild
The Guild promotes embroidery as being all work stitched or derived from stitch.
* Etsy
American craft marketplace website. Also has active communities for crafters.
* Felt
New Zealand-based online outlet dedicated to all things handmade.
* Fingers Auckland
Contemporary jewellery gallery.
* Floral Art Society of New Zealand
Encourages floral design.
* Form Gallery
* Hand Embroidery Tutorials
Great collection of visual examples of different embroidery stitches.
* Handknitting Association of Iceland
Official site with details of Icelandic yarns, including the famous lopi sweater, patterns and more.
* Instructables
A site where people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. Instructional videos and slideshows are included for individual projects. The range of craft projects is amazing.
* Interweave
Interweave Press have been producing magazines for mostly textile crafts for years but their site also has communities, free ebooks and video for hand-crafters.
* The Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers
The Journal is published on behalf of the Association of Guilds of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers (UK).
* Knitting & Crochet Guild
Established in 1978 to preserve and nurture the skills of knitting and crochet and to conserve what is a major part of our cultural and craft heritage.
* Knitting Help
Good example of a knitting website with online videos demonstrating various techniques, also a range of free patterns and a knitters forum.
* Knitty
Grassroots knitting magazine.
* Linda Hendrickson Tablet Weaving and Ply-Split Braiding
Tablet weaving and ply-split braiding.
* Māori weaving and fibre arts
A brief guide to weaving and fibre art resources at the library. Includes guides to making a putiputi (flower) and stars of Matariki / Ngā whetu o Matariki from harakeke.
* MakeZine
Technology projects from trebuchets to bicycles – how to make all kinds of stuff presented as videos and/or PDF.
* My Poppet Makes
Craft blog with a focus on recycling and up-cycling. Projects for all skill levels including a section just for kids.
* National Association of Wood Workers
The National Association of Woodworkers NZ Incorporated brings together both amateur and professional people from all over New Zealand who are skilled in working with wood.
* New Zealand handmade
New Zealand Handmade supports independent craftspeople designing and producing New Zealand made, quality goods.
* New Zealand Spinning Wheels
The aim of this site is to help you, if you have a spinning wheel you believe comes from New Zealand, to identify it and perhaps find out a little about the maker.
* NZ Potters
Aim is to encourage, foster and promote the creativity, excellence and appreciation of ceramics within New Zealand and overseas.
* Phiala's String Page
Huge range of fibre arts - spinning, weaving and felting plus information about Viking fibre techniques.
* Pottery Studio
The Pottery Studio is a knowledge base for collectors, students and lovers of all kinds of pottery.
* Professional Weavers’ Network
A group of weavers who promote excellence in their work. Their work ranges from tapestry through to fabrics.
* Ravelry
Ravelry is a free knit and crochet community. (it requires a free log in).
* The knitting site
Knitting instructions with video, free patterns and help for left-handed knitters and a pattern design tool.
* UK Hand Knitting Association
Includes free knitting and crochet instructions and patterns.
* Vogue knitting
Vogue knitting - previews the contents of the Vogue Knitting magazine. Also includes free patterns and how to information plus lots of inspiration.
* Weavershand
An information page for weavers! Specifically for those interested in Tablet Weaving, Kumihimo, and Ply-splitting, but peruse the links if your interests lie elsewhere.
* WeaveZine
Blog, podcast and articles including how to buy a used loom.
* WoolOn
Creative fashion event as part of the Alexandra Blossom festival in September.