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Craptastic Crafts and Hobbies

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Make-it Book

Make-It Book coverMcCall’s Giant Golden
Make-it Book
Peter
1953

I am so glad several university libraries are holding on to this relic.  This just screams 1950s.  It still is in some school libraries holdings and I wonder how well it must be holding up after a nearly sixty years.  Of course it is outdated.  In the meantime, enjoy this time capsule of 1950s kiddie crafts.  Just out of curiosity,  how many of you folks under 35 know what a “sachet” is? I honestly don’t think I have heard that term in ages.  Also, since we are talking 1950s, is it just me or is this style of illustration a bit creepy?  I think the people look a bit like casting for Children of the Corn.

Mary

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Calling All Indiana Coverlet Weavers

Indiana Coverlet Weavers coverIndiana Coverlet Weavers and their Coverlets
Montgomery
1974

Submitter: During inventory at my middle school library, I came across this 1974 book that seems to have a very limited audience.  I can’t imagine any middle school student wanting to check this out.  Sure enough, it had only been checked out by two people–both teachers, long since retired.  It may have been used for a “Pioneer Days” project.  However, in the chapter on Dyes, one recipe starts out “Fill a large earthenware crock with urine…”  Those are not instructions you ever want to give a middle schooler!

Holly: No, they are not!  Is your middle school library at least in Indiana? This is a very strange choice for a middle school library anywhere, though I’m sure it’s a lovely book with uses elsewhere.

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Pop Topping

Pop Topping coverPop-Topping
Pop-Top Terp, Patton, and Freeman
1975

Submitter: I’m a librarian for a community college and recently weeded this book, which I found so ridiculous and enjoyable that I kept it for myself.  The covers are great; the photos inside are unbelievable!  These people were so crazy about pop-topping that they held conventions and even covered their dogs in what I can only describe as doggie chain-mail.

Holly: I received this tweet from Mary:

tweet from Mary

Mary, are you making doggie chain-mail in a library craft program?

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