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Looking to make something? This the category that includes crafts, hobbies, projects for home and office

Evil Crafts for Kids

Children's Crafts - cover

Children’s Crafts
Fun and Creativity for Ages 5-12
Warton
1976

This is your basic 1970s craft book for kids. It’s just okay. The crafts just look dated and the photography/illustrations don’t really help in terms of construction. Personally, I have to reject this book because it contains an applehead doll craft  and a “jumping George” aka a clown.  This is just too much evil in one place. Even if you are willing to overlook the obvious flaws of clowns and applehead dolls, I think everyone could find better stuff on the Internet.

Mary

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Decorate Your Home with Macrame!

macrame open house cover

Macrame Open House
Anderson
1979

My new collection responsibilities include crafting, so naturally I am running into tons of titles featuring some of this lovely crap, I mean stuff. Macrame books have been a staple at ALB and this book fits right in to our growing archive of macrame. My particular favorite of this book is featured in the last picture below. Who wouldn’t want a patriotic themed wall hanging of a Ewok-looking Uncle Sam? It also might be a cat face. I’m not sure. (Special Note: I am well aware of the fact that Return of the Jedi was not released until 1983, so we can assume the crafter was NOT going for a Star Wars theme.)

May the crafting force be with you,

Mary

 

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Crafts for Teacher

Teachers Arts Crafts Almanac - coverTeacher’s Arts & Crafts Almanack
Guttman
1978

Submitter: Props to the author for including all kinds of offbeat holidays and celebrations. (Merry Launching of Sputnik Day! Happy Buddha’s Birthday!)  There is good background information on the days and lots of interesting ideas. Unfortunately, the drawings are absolutely terrible, and all of the illustrations are in black-and-white.  I haven’t tried to make any of these so I don’t know if the instructions are any good.  WorldCat lists holdings in over 100 libraries!

Holly: Books like these were great before the Internet became so accessible. You know, like 20 years ago. This book was written 20 years before that. Arts and crafts books for teachers are still useful in public and school libraries, but they have to be as good or better than Pinterest.

 

 

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