A Big Book of Crafts

Crafts and Hobbies

Crafts & Hobbies
A Step-by-Step Guide to Creative Skills
Reader’s Digest
1979

This is one of those all encompassing craft books. I can get on board with a big book of crafts, but some of these are more complex that a 1-2 page write-up. The step by step process from the title is a bit thin. Most of the articles are just an overview and maybe some detail of a particular technique. I doubt experienced crafters are going to find anything of value since the material is pretty superficial. Craft newbies probably would find this lacking as well. Since I am not sure the experienced crafter or the newbies will get much out of this book, who is it for?

One of my favorite techniques on a keep or weed situation is to think of a specific patron that would like/checkout this book. If you can’t think of a specific patron, than take out one more step, and think of a particular type of patron that would like this book. If you can’t think of anyone other than a couple of librarians who would stick it on a website and use it as an example for selection/weeding, than I would let it go.

Mary

quilting

drying and preserving flowers

jewelry

woodworking

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7 comments

  1. Someone who wishes they had a hobby might find some value in a survey book like this, but I don’t know if hobbies come about that way to many people. Still, a contemporary book might be more inspiring than one with tiny black and white pictures.

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    1. Crochet never went away. Ugly crochet projects make a reappearance every few years, but most of us don’t make things like that. Crochet is much, much more than granny squares.

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  2. “Fashion” people keep trying to bring back ugly crochet, and the rest of us keep rejecting it. You never see the “fashionable” types touting afghans, baby clothes, and all the non-hideous crochet.

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  3. I remember those pictures! My parents had the German translation of that book at home and as a kid I spent HOURS browsing through it and looking at the photographs (I couldn’t read yet). I actually thought about it recently and wondered whether my parents still have it because I loved it so much.
    It obviously doesn’t help much if you want to get better at a specific skill, but I learnt a lot of “this is how you do it, like, generally” about a wide variety of crafts, even without being able to read the text.

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