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A Travesty of Home Decor

sewing for your home

McCall’s
Sewing For Your Home
McCall Pattern Company
1977

Prepare yourself for some of the most disturbing decorating we have had here at ALB in a long time. It would probably help if you were medicated to look upon the bedrooms presented below. I shudder to think what would happen to me if I had to actually LIVE in one of these rooms. The amount of fabric needed had to be staggering!

The color schemes feature derivatives of the 1970s favorites of Harvest Gold and Avocado Green.  The portable typewriters add a nice “modern” touch. As a teen in the 1970s, no one I knew had a bedroom like the ones presented. Canopy beds were big deal, but again, no one I knew had one.

In case you are wondering, the first picture is both a bedroom and a “room for entertaining.” I think it is a nice touch to have the bowl of fruit and the table so people have a convenient place to put their keys at the next swinger’s party.

Stay groovy,

Mary

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Crafts for the Disabled

Crafts for the DisabledCrafts for the Disabled
Gault and Sykes
1979

Submitter: This book is horribly dated, with black and white photographs and illustrations. I don’t think these crafts are particularly accessible for persons with disabilities, either. There are many more current craft books available, as well as numerous web pages with suggestions for adapting crafts to different ability levels.

Holly: This title reminds me of this old post, which is actually one of our most popular posts ever. Craft books with adaptations are a wonderful idea for public libraries, but something written in this decade, let alone this millennium, would be best. Pinterest is a good resource for this type of thing if you can’t find more current books. In fact, Pinterest is probably even better because you can specify the disability.

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Is it art? Is it craft?

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Fun Crafts
Pownall
1973

I was all set to make fun of the cover and was prepared for a book about some crafts from plastic eggs, or maybe something straight out of the trash. This book is a bit more arty than I would have guessed from the cover and title of “fun crafts”. The crafts in this book were not what I expected. Instead of some kind of toilet cozy to knit, there were discussions and instructions on some serious looking baskets, metalwork, and wood carving. I am not sure this book qualifies as “fun” since there are some serious supplies and skills needed for the projects. (I am in no position to offer up an opinion on the relative “fun” of these crafts.) I do think this is an example of the cover and title do not reflect the book’s audience. It seemed a bit thin on skills and directions to be an actual manual for instruction, but too complex for an amateur.It did have that oh-so-groovy late 60s modern art vibe though.

Mary

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