easy vests cover

Double your fashion statement

Easy Reversible Vests
Doak
1994

If you look back on the books we have posted about sewing and knitting, vests seem to be the fashion accessory. I honestly don’t get it. I love quilts and quilting, I just don’t want to wear one. The only person I can think of that pulled off the vest look was Diane Keaton in Annie Hall.

And yet I bring you another vest book. This time you will really get your money’s worth with the whole reversible thing. If they were actual quilts instead of a “fashion statement” I would be all over the color choices and techniques. I think I am going to say that the quilted vest needs to be retired as a concept. (Right next to the fancy sweatshirts) Make a lovely quilt for the guest room instead.

little hats crochet patterns

Tiny Hat Decor

Doilies to Crochet for Little Hats
Thomas
1985

The word “doilies” always makes me think of my great-grandmother or any other seriously old person. I mean REALLY old. I can’t remember the last time I saw a doilies for decoration. Anyway, now doilies have a new purpose: little hats. The little hats are for decoration not for wearing on tiny people. I am going to bet that the fashion trend of tiny hats isn’t as strong as it was back in the 80s.

Sculpture in Paper cover

Sculpture in Paper

Sculpture in Paper
Roukes
1993

Submitter: Here is one submission, based on condition and age. I missed it in my first weeding of the section because I didn’t open the book. It’s a cool idea for a book, but I believe that a new edition would circulate.

Holly: It has definitely seen better days, as you can see from the water damage in the first image below. This one could definitely be replaced if it has circulated well! On the other hand, often patrons will immediately let staff know about damage like this so that they don’t get blamed for it, so maybe no one has looked at it for a while. On the other other hand, I have found items on the shelf with peanut butter on the cover and pages held together with duct tape and prayer, so it could have been checked out several times like this and no one bothered to do anything about it!

bodacious borders

Bodacious Documents!

Bodacious Borders
Armstrong
1992

Are you looking to make your reports more bodacious? Look no further! You can jazz up your reports with a variety of borders. With a copy machine, and some rubber cement, transform your documents into something special.

Prior to the widespread use of programs such as Photoshop and word processing, combining graphics and text was difficult. It also wasn’t practical for most people. (Those of us of a certain age might remember the dittos, which predates all of this. Raise your hand if you remember inhaling that new ditto smell.)

plastic crafts

Clear Crafting

Plastic Crafts
O’Meara-Humphrey
1977

I really wasn’t sure what to expect with these plastic crafts. In this book, plastic crafts are clear acrylic items that end up being sign holders, shelves, and other basic containers. I thought these things were churned out by Big Plastic Factory and not something one would craft. The clear plastic theme was indeed a thing back in the day for the really modern look. If you are a librarian, you probably have a hundred of these things to hold the latest signs, flyers, etc for your library.

Looking at the detail involved, it does require some skill. Nowadays, someone would probably use a 3-D printer and call it a day.

Mary

classic quilted vests

Fashionable Quilted Vests

Classic Quilted Vests
Fons and Porter
1982

I am a fan of quilting and although I lack real skills, I can appreciate the skills and would love to make a quilt with any of these patterns. However, I just don’t want to WEAR a blanket as a fashion statement. In terms a fashion, these quilts are just a step above the sweatshirt makeovers we have featured all the time on this site. In fact, how about the combo of sweatshirts AND and quilting?

I am impressed with the skills. I just wish they had used their quilting skills for good rather than evil.

Mary

CosmoGirl Make It Yourself

Cosmo Girl DIY

CosmoGirl! Make it Yourself: 50 Fun and Funky Projects
2007

Submitter: Found in a public library, this book is catalogued as a children’s item. This gem was found by a customer who was looking for craft projects her 11 year old could do. 

While most of it was pretty innocent (make your own chain belt, DIY hair clips!) this idea [“Boys-of-the-week panties,” image below] just seemed so wrong. The first step really sets you up for an uncomfortable crafting experience – “pick seven guys names.” But there are so many questions that follow. Who decided this was a good project for a kid’s book? Why did they have to pick black panties? And why do you need a silk scarf? Given the book is from 2007 we decided it was time to weed this copy and put an end to any panties crafting.

crafts jamboree

Comprehensive Crafting

Crafts Jamboree
Macrame, Knitting, Quilting, Rugmaking, Dyeing, Needlepoint, Patchwork, Crochet, Jewelry, Leather, Clay, Stained Glass, Collage, Enameling, Kites, Candlemaking
Deutch
1977

I think this book had every single craft medium known to mankind. To be honest, reading the table of contents is kind of exhausting. I guess a craft jamboree is like crafts turned up to 11.

I think we can all agree that perhaps this book has been around long enough. One look at some of the fashion choices will tell you all you need to know.

I think the bigger question is if a giant book of a variety of crafts works for the crafting patron. For the most part, my experience is that people are looking for a book on a specific craft. If you want to learn quilting or knitting, most people would gravitate toward an entire book on quilting or knitting. Even some of the contemporary compilations don’t try to go too deep on the more skilled crafts. The multi craft books will try and stay within a theme or some kind of parameter.