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Craptastic Crafts and Hobbies

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

Evil Returns to the Craft Section

Hobby cover featuring applehead dolls

Popular Handicrafts and Hobbie$
Sherrer, Ed.
September 1979

Prepare yourselves: Applehead Dolls have returned.  Particularly disturbing are the applehead dolls that look like Santa. I am sure the kids will love them and totally re-think that whole decision on naughty v. nice.

As an added bonus, we also have an article about handwriting analysis for fun and profit. Move over Bill Gates, these people are going to make big money.

Mary

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Groovy Crafts for the Fulfilled Woman

crafts for fun and profit cover

Crafts for Fun and Profit
Van Zandt
1972

This series is called Women Alive. We already posted the book that helps you figure out your man. After you figure out your man, you can sit down and make some lovely crafts. I particularly like the macrame vest thing with fringe. Very sexy. I think it is the plaid pants that really pull the outfit together.

I think I really need this whole series.

Mary

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Hand and Rod Puppets

Hand and Rod Puppets coverHand and Rod Puppets: A Handbook of Technique
Fettig
translated by Susanne Forster
1973

Submitter: This was in the children’s section. I hate to say “just look at it” but… yeah. It’s ugly as sin, it’s pointless, and I’m pretty sure that if it could talk, it would tell me stories about paying ten cents for ice cream cones. I don’t doubt Mr. Fettig’s technique, but I do doubt any kid is gonna walk in and ask about dirty, old books about creepy puppets. I am going to keep it for my personal collection, though. I feel sorry for it. ‘Twas part of a public library’s collection.

Holly: If you type “making puppets” into Amazon, there are all kinds of glossy, full-color books for under $20. I can’t imagine why there are so many of these old black and white puppet books from the 1970s lingering on library shelves. The art and craft of puppet making is still relevant, and should not be lost forever, but keeping books from the 1970s on the subject doesn’t entice anyone to want to learn about it. For the love of Dewey, update!

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