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Creative Crap You can Make

creative handcrafts cover

McCall’s Annual of Creative Handcrafts
Comstock, ed.

Breakout the needles and crochet hooks everyone. We have some lovely outfits for you to craft, not to mention some cute animals and “whimsical action figures” too. (Warning! Knitted clown figure in the last picture. Proceed at your own risk.) The lace coverup isn’t too bad in my fashion-challenged opinion, however that granny “square”skirt has some serious issues. I have no idea what is going on with the “vest”/jewelry thing paired with the skirt.

I might be inspired to breakout my crafting supplies and watch re-runs of the Brady Bunch.


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Weaving Evil

weaving 1977 coverWeaving ’77
Ziemer and Smith

Hey, I am all about the fiber arts and weaving can be just beautiful. Unfortunately, there is no “beautiful” weaving in this book. In fact, I am pretty sure this book should be burned in some kind of cleansing ritual since there are detailed instructions on how to weave a clown wall hanging. As you know, any clown themed decorating is the work of the devil.

The other projects are pretty awful as well. The last photo seems to be some kind of abstract mustache/mouth thing.


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Calling All Indiana Coverlet Weavers

Indiana Coverlet Weavers coverIndiana Coverlet Weavers and their Coverlets

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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