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DIY & HOBBIES

 

DATABASES

  • Antiques Reference
    Learn how to evaluate antique collections. Sponsored by Mourot Decorative Arts Fund.

  • AtoZ World Food
    A comprehensive food database that contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world.

  • AtoZ World Travel
    A comprehensive travel resource with information about food, culture, language, and more.

  • Culinary Arts Collection
    More than five million articles from more than 250 major cooking and nutrition magazines, as well as book reference content.

  • Fine Arts and Music
    Extensive resource for serious students of drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

  • Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture
    The database offers biotechnologists, farmers, hobbyists, and landscape architects alike access to important content relevant to their pursuits.

  • Home Improvement Collection
    Covers topics for hobbyists and professionals alike, including architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and others.

  • Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure
    The curious traveler will also find a wealth of information, from contents on state parks and information on planning a vacation to full-text travel guides from Fodor's.

 

 

ONLINE COURSES

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner
Gain a solid foundation in drawing and become the artist you've always dreamed you could be!

Introduction to Guitar
Master basic guitar skills.

Start Your Own Edible Garden
Learn how to grow delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetables in your own backyard.

Introduction to Journaling
Discover how journaling can help you learn more about yourself.

Music Made Easy
Learn the fundamentals of music theory. Be able to read, write, and play simple music.

Introduction to Interior Design
Explore interior design and learn how to transform any room into a beautiful and functional space.

 

 

WEBSITES

The Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Sewing Guild
The Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Sewing Guild is part of the national, nonprofit American Sewing Guild for people of all skill levels who love to sew. Find out about local events and chapters, and check out their newsletter.

Northern Virginia Bead Society
Founded in 1992, the Northern Virginia Bead Society promotes and encourages the appreciation of beads and beading through education and its network of members.

Potomac Fiber Arts Guild
An association of fiber artists and craftsmen located in and around the Washington, D.C area, the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild actively promotes fiber arts and artists in many ways.

Ravelry
A social network site for knitters and crocheters.

Knitty
Launched in 2002, Knitty is the longest-running free knitting magazine on the web with knitting patterns and articles galore.

Alexandria Farmers' Markets
Information on Alexandria Farmers’ Markets.

Alexandria's Community Gardens
The City offers opportunities for the public to participate in community gardening to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Chinquapin Organic Gardens
Chinquapin Organic Gardens is a community garden located in Alexandria, which offers annual rentals to area residents.

Alexandria Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension
The Alexandria VCE Site includes information on local educational programs and online guides, including the latest Pest Management Guides.

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia
Master gardeners of Northern Virginia provide plant clinics at several area locations to offer free advice on planting and maintaining plants.

Virginia Native Plant Society
Founded in 1982, the Virginia Native Plant Society is a nonprofit organization of individuals who share an interest in Virginia’s native plants and habitats.

Garden Club of Virginia
Information on the Garden Club of Virginia and ticket information to the annual Historic Garden Week.

Antiques Roadshow
Official site of the popular PBS show.