Crafts and collecting

Our libraries have a range of resources to improve your craft skills and give you creative ideas. If you enjoy collecting, we have guidebooks, catalogues and online resources to help you identify and look after your collectibles, whether they be Star War figurines or Royal Albert china.

CRocheting at the library and Dolls House at Museum

Browse the handicraft and the collectors and collecting categories in CINCH (Community INformation CHristchurch) for Christchurch craft and collecting groups and organisations

Our events page lists knitting and crafting sessions at our libraries.

Search our catalogue

Browse our latest crafts and collecting titles.

Find craft resources with subject searches such as:

Find collecting resources by searching for subjects such as:

Magazines and catalogues

RBdigital Magazines includes several craft and collectors' eMagazines that you can download for free and keep. Titles include Interweave Knits, Jewelry Artist, Papercraft Inspirations, Woodworker’s Journal, Homes & Antiques, Smith Journal, and many more.

Find print craft magazines by searching for the name of the specific craft and the word periodicals e.g. pottery periodicals. Locate print collectors' magazines by searching for the name of the item collected and the words collectibles periodicals e.g. dolls collectibles periodicals. For catalogues, including price guides and handbooks, do a search for the item collected and the words collectibles catalogues, e.eg. porcelain collectibles catalogues.

Cover of Interweve Knits Cloth, paper, scissors Cover of Homes & Antiques

eResources

World Book Activity Corner Logo
Access to thousands of engaging projects suitable for a broad spectrum of hobbyists — from beginner to experienced, for children and adults.
Use at a library or enter your library card & password / PIN 
Home Improvement Collection
Home improvement articles for the hobbyists and the professional alike. Coverage includes architectural techniques, tool and material selection, and much more.
Use at a library or enter your library card & password / PIN.
Carters Price Guide to Antiques
Access to prices of antiquities, antiques, collectables, retro, vintage and 20th century design. An Australian product with New Zealand content.
Use at a library or enter your library card & password / PIN.
Craft links
Craft websites listed in our Internet Gateway.
Antiques and collectibles links
Antiques and collectibles websites listed in our Internet Gateway.
Arts and crafts for kids
Books and websites for art and craft fun.
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