Crafts and collecting

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.



Unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft video classes.


CINCH Community Information Christchurch

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

Crafts in the catalogue



Fabric crafts

Paper craft

Arts and crafts for kids

Arts and crafts for kids in the catalogue

Arts and crafts for kids in the catalogue


There are lots of websites that can help you with arts and crafts. Here are some we think you might like.

Craft ideas and colouring sheets to print off or colour online.
Creative Junk
Rethink, re-use and recycle to make wearable arts and all sorts of other fun projects.
Enchanted Learning
Themed crafts for kids. Learn how to make things for Mother’s Day, Halloween, Christmas and school projects about Dinosaurs, Animals and Space


Collecting in the catalogue

Carter's Price Guide to Antiques

Prices of antiquities, antiques, collectables, retro, vintage and 20th century design.

Magazines and catalogues

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, porcelain collectibles catalogues.


Historical braiding in June's Crafting for Wellbeing session

Pop along to Tūranga on Saturday 15 June and participate in some historical cord-making using a braiding wheel.

Craft Snippets: Yarn magazine editor, Dr Rie Natalenko

Sally reports back from the Craft snippets event at Upper Riccarton Library with guest speaker, Dr Rie Natalenko.

Librarians get crafty with Creativebug

Our library staff and been using Creativebug, have a look at what they made.

Crafty Christmas from Creativebug

Craft projects for a range of abilities, from easy to do with kids to those with craft super skills.
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