FARMINGTON — Everyone has a talent, and the Farmington Public Library's Maker Fair allowed residents to show off their talents.
The library hosted the Make.Do Fair on Saturday, and staff hope to make it a monthly event.
"It's not a craft fair," said Karen McPheeters, the library's director. "We're not trying to sell you things."
Instead, McPheeters said the fair is a chance for people to show off what they do and to teach others how to do it.
Beth Troxell, who works for the library, taught people how to make "sassy chain scarfs" by crocheting using their hands, instead of crochet needles.
"I wanted to do something that would introduce people to basic crochet," Troxell said.
Troxell wasn't the only person offering instructions on crocheting.
Nearby, Adrienne Boggs, Farmington Museum's education coordinator, sat behind a table, crocheting the tail of a stuffed snake.
Boggs is part of a growing group of people who enjoy amigurumi, the Japanese art of knitting and crocheting small animals. Boggs described the craft, which is called "ami" for short, as crocheting animals that, following the Japanese anime-style, have large heads and big eyes.
"It's a little trial-and-error to learn how to make them," Boggs said.
She said each body part is made individually, from the felt eyes to the feet, or, in the snake's case, its long, spiraling body.
For Boggs, crocheting is stress relief.
"It's kind of mindless repetition, and I can do it in front of the TV," she said.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the room, her husband, Aaron Boggs, showed off a 3-D printer. A few objects he had created -- such as a model TARDIS time machine from the British science fiction TV show "Doctor Who" -- were displayed on the table in front of him.
Aaron Boggs designed the model using a computer 3-D modeling program and then exported it to another program that spliced it into different sheets. A 3-D printer can then read that information, and it spits out thin layers of melted plastic to create objects like the TARDIS.
"It's actually relatively easy to learn," said Aaron Boggs, the library's computer support supervisor.
He said the challenge of 3-D printing is that it's still "cutting-edge technology." He has to know how to take the printer apart and put it back together and to remove jams.
But, he said, recent technology advances have made it so people will soon be able to buy 3-D printers for about $400.
"That makes it affordable for pretty much everybody," he said.