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.

sweatshirts remix

Let sweatshirts be sweatshirts!

Sweatshirt Remix: Transform Ordinary Sweatshirts Into Extraordinary Fashions
Quartermain
2009

I know I have griped and whined about sweatshirt fashion. Remember this post? Or how about this one?

Can we be done with trying to make sweatshirts more than just a sweatshirt? The beauty of the sweatshirt is comfort. Sweatshirts are supposed to be warm, comfortable, and what one wears to the gym, to do laundry, or when you are retreating from life. It is not cocktail attire, professional attire, or a “fashion choice”.

crafts for the disabled

Crafts and the Disabled

Crafts and the Disabled
Anderson
1982

This book has projects and instructional advice for integrating this into a program for special needs adults. Disabled in the context of this book is meant to cover anyone with some kind of challenge. Unfortunately, this lumps everyone into a large group regardless of their specific need. I am quite sure adaptations for someone with vision issues is going to benefit from same craft project as someone with arthritic hands.