Tale reading project gets crafty

Thursday, February 9, 2012 
By Ben Beagle bbeagle@batavianews.com

This year’s book selection in the “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project has inspired a pair of crafts programs.

“The Call” Journal Class and “The Call” Craft Challenge Pouch will be presented during February and March at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia. The journal class will also be presented next week at Woodward Memorial Library, 7 Wolcott St., Le Roy.

While past Tale projects have included related talks, these will be the first craft programs to be featured.

“It gives another dimension to the project,” said Leslie DeLooze, the Richmond reference librarian who 10 years ago started the Tale project, a program that encourages community members to read the same book, discuss it at organized gatherings and then meet the author.

The programs are being offered by two popular teachers of Richmond’s craft classes.

The journal class, led by Jennifer Cascell, begins Monday. It will appeal to those intrigued by the journal style of this year’s Tale book, “The Call” by Yannick Murphy, which is written in the form of a veterinarian’s personal journal, DeLooze said.

Cascell’s papercrafting class for adults will teach participants how to make their own journal using lunch bags, decorative papers and a variety of embellishments. The 6-by-6-inch design is loosely based on the “Smashbook” series, Cascell said.

The completed project will be more than just some pages stuck together and wrapped in a creative cover. The journal’s design allows plenty of space for writing, tucking away notes and pictures, and pockets for other small items. Journaling prompts will be provided – both general suggestions, and ideas inspired by Murphy’s book.

“One of the things I like about teaching at the library is I am forced to think outside the box and use different supplies and materials to keep costs down so we can make it available to all members of the community,” said Cascell, who has been leading papercrafting classes at the library for about a year and was approached in December about creating a project based on “The Call.”

“I love having the opportunity to share something I have such passion for with the community,” Cascell said. “Not only do I get the chance to do something I love, but I’ve also gotten to meet some amazing people along the way.”

The class will be offered twice: Monday and Feb. 21. Both sessions are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Library. Registration is required and an $8 materials fee is due at the time of registration. Participants should also bring adhesive, scissors, paper trimmer and pen or pencil. Optional items include distress ink and applicator, and a distressing tour.

“You wouldn’t know that the finished book is actually made out of paper bags, but it’s a nice size to work with and allows for memorabilia to be placed in the pockets, along with space for photos and journaling,” DeLooze said.

Cascell will also present her class from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at Woodward Library, Le Roy. The materials fee is $10. Participants will need adhesive, scissors, pen or pencil. To register, call (585) 768-8300 or go to www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org.

“We have a large number of adults who enjoy hands-on creations,” Woodward Library Director Sue Border of her patrons. “Also, interest in journalising as a tool for personal development has grown in Le Roy and nationwide over the past few years. This is a good opportunity to combine the interests our patons have in the creation of unique items and personal development.”

In March, Jennifer Reardon will lead a class at Richmond Library that will create a small felt pouch.

Reardon will teach participants how to sew a small pouch featuring a farm scene and cow, inspired by the cover of “The Call.”

The class for adults is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 6 at the library. Registration is required. A $5 materials fee is due at the time of registration. Participants need to bring a sewing needle, straight pins, fabric scissors and a dark fine-point marker to the class.

To register for either class, visit the library, call (585) 343-9550 or go to www.batavialibrary.org .

Reardon adapted her project from one she saw in a book called “Pretty Little Felts.”

“I have been working with wool felt for about seven years now. It is my favorite craft to do,” said Reardon, who has presented several felt-art programs at Richmond Memorial Library.

Reardon, who oversees a multi-county nutrition education program at Genesee County Cornell Cooperative Extension, has used felt to make table mats, table runners, zipper pouches, brooches, wall hangings and Christmas ornaments.

The pouch, which measures about 4-inches-by-4-inches, features a flap that folds over and snaps sut.

“I envision it as a pouch you could use for jewelry on a short trip,” Reardon said. “It would also work for money and credits cards if you did not want to carry a full wallet.”

Reardon said she has made similar pouches for herself. This is the first time she will present a program on the project.

“I enjoy this craft because it is something you can take anywhere,” Reardon said. “I love working with my hands. I love hand-sewing things and I love working with and the feel of the wool felt.”

Reardon said she also enjoys coming up with color combinations and incorporating beads and buttons in projects.

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