Do you like to create? Do you sew or knit? Maybe you like to work with Bonsai trees or do your crafty skills tend more towards the digital? Do you love to create short films? There are so many ways to stretch your crafty muscles and just as many apps to assist you in your passions! Do you have an especially helpful app you use? Let us know and check out some of our staff favourites below.
Craftsy – (https://www.craftsy.com/apps) – Google Play and Apple iTunes App Store — A FREE app to connect you with thousands of like-minded crafters from around the world. You can browse the offerings from other makers for tools, supplies and ideas. Download step-by-step tutorials (an extra in-app purchase) and you can also watch via your AppleTV if you have one. A very popular and well reviewed app.
BlockFab-HD – (https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/blockfab-hd/id401791298?mt=8) – Apple iTunes App Store — This is a FREE, well used and well recommended quilting app suggested by one of our staff members; Annette. As she is an expert quilter, her opinion has great weight behind it here. This app contains great guides on how much fabric to use and how to cut your pieces to form your preferred designs.
Craftgawker– (https://craftgawker.com/page/6/) – Apple iTunes App Store — A FREE app collating over 41,000 craft blogger DIY ideas for people looking through all those lovely images you find online. They have links to helpful step-by-step guides, illustrations and photos to get your creative juices flowing and get to making your own masterpieces. From hanging gardens planters to painting, papercraft and Game of Thones cutting boards, there’s sure to be something for just about every person and skill level.
WikiHow– (http://www.wikihow.com/wikiHow:About-wikiHow) – Google Play and Apple iTunes App Store — This site/app has literally anything you could think of attempting and MANY different languages to choose from. WikiHow have boasted over 150,000 how-to guides for you to choose from with their tag line being; wikiHow… to do anything! You can learn about resume writing, avoiding theft while travelling planning a cookout, painting sunflowers and much more.
This is also the best place to put our very own Lynda.com app too! (FREE access using your SA Public Libraries membership). Available on multiple devices, you can search, find and get stuck into your next project with great instructions and videos to guide you through. Check out our website http://www.gawler.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=491 to log in and get started!
If you’re not so crafty but would love something handmade, download the FREE Etsy app (https://www.etsy.com/au/mobile?ref=m_app_bnr) to find so many options made by local and worldwide artisans that you’ll find hard to choose from! They also have a specially made app for those of you who are getting so good you need to start selling items to cope with all the requests.
This brings us to the launch of a new series for our blog, starting this month, called How Does That Work? This series will have many how-to guides of our own making for library related queries. So if you’ve ever wondered how to use the catalogue, change your account details, reserve a DVD or use the photocopier, hopefully this series will give you the answers. Stay tuned and let us know what your burning questions are!
Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy
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