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Don’t make eye contact with the doll

creative character dolls

Ceramic Character Dolls
and their accessories
Becker
1992

I know dolls and doll collecting is a common topic for a public library collection. These kinds of books do circulate. I just find the whole idea of collecting dolls a bit weird. The eyes and facial expressions are just a bit discomforting. Let’s just say I don’t want them staring at me. (I offer this episode of the Twilight Zone as evidence.)

Mary

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Grannies for Fashion

crochet granny squares

Great Grannies
Leisure Arts
1975

Not sure you can make anything with the word “granny” and instantly think of high fashion. However, here is an attempt. Granny squares are one of the basic projects for the crochet crowd, so patterns and books are probably a necessary collection item in any craft collection. The swimsuit on the cover makes this item a weeder. I am concerned how this particular bikini looks after it gets wet. Can someone say “wardrobe malfunction?”

Mary

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Fiber and Fringe

wearable crafts cover

Wearable Crafts
Sommer and Sommer
1976

The vests! The look! The nausea! As ridiculous as some of these pictures show, this book might have a place in a design/art curriculum. For public libraries, it doesn’t have any instructions or design help, and is really a showcase of wearable art. In 2017, this is dated. In the 1970s it might have held appeal for the right audience.

I am trying to imagine what situation one might wear a boar husk halter top (last image).  However, the fringed vest and the woman attempting some kind of bent knee pose (4th image below) does have some appeal. She just needs to put on pants.

Mary

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