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PHOTOS: Craft bright with your diamonds

Unique crafting style brings folks together for an afternoon of chit-chat and crafting at Willmar Public Library.

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Amy Miller, left, smiles while working on her diamond painting during a program at the Willmar Public Library on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.
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WILLMAR โ€” Bit by bit, a room full of devoted crafters placed row after row of tiny diamond drills on a paper chart as they laughed, told stories and brought to life works of art during a diamond painting program at the Willmar Public Library on Wednesday afternoon.

Diamond painting โ€” described by some as a cross between paint-by-number and cross-stitch โ€” has gained popularity with members of the library staff recently, and so they decided to bring the program to patrons who are avid crafters. According to Willmar Public Library adult services employee Maida Berg, the program was born out of staff suggesting a social time to teach others about diamond painting.

"Crafts are so popular with our patrons, so I definitely foresee doing this more," Berg said following the inaugural program. "It is meditative, cathartic, helps people focus or who just want to relax."

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Janet Hedy places a diamond painting bead onto her design while taking part in the diamond painting program at the Willmar Public Library on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.
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Attendees chat with one another while working on their individual diamond painting pieces at the Willmar Public Library on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.
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Thousands of tiny, colorful plastic beads make up the face of a vibrant lion at the diamond painting program at the Willmar Public Library on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.
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Amy Miller, left, and Janet Hedy look at one of Hedy's finished diamond painting pieces on her cellphone during a program at the Willmar Public Library on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.
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Constance Mital-Herold, left, reacts to a photo on Mackenzie Moist's phone during a diamond painting program at the Willmar Public Library on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.
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Macy Moore is an award-winning photojournalist at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.
She can be reached via email: mmoore@wctrib.com or phone: 320.214.4338.
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