Easy to Make Puppets

DIY Puppets

Easy-to-Make Puppets
Stockwell
1973

Submitter: Easy To Make Puppets allows you to make…

  • Middle Finger Dumbo (Handy to keep at the circulation desk for those fun patrons)
  • High as a Kite Clown
  • Stop wasting food heads (A mom’s favorite)
  • And many more!

Holly: The disembodied head on the cover ought to give Mary sweet dreams. And if that doesn’t do it, the double-whammy clown puppet in the last image below will for sure. (You’re welcome!)

Mary: It’s part of my trifecta of evil: puppets, clowns, and mimes. Make it STOP!

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Celebrity Sewing Bee

Francine Coffey’s Celebrity Sewing Bee
Coffey
1974

Submitter: When the title says “celebrity sewing bee” they really meant a lot of Dinah Shore. The one area that was really popular during the pandemic was our crafting section. So much so, you could spot the books that needed weeding by glancing over to that section and seeing what did not go out the door. This was one of them – and with reason.

Holly: I can’t imagine why a sewing book with celebrities from 47 years ago isn’t popular anymore. <sarcasm> There are all kinds of great ideas here: put fabric on your ceiling, or Elmer’s glue some fabric to your floor! Make a diet-friendly birthday cake-shaped bag! Re-purpose bandanas into a dress (hey, if you can make a skirt out of curtains, you can make a dress out of masks! I’m sure that’s the next craft craze.)

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T-Shirting

T-Shirting: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Getting it On Your Chest
Platt
1975

Submitter: I had high hopes from the cover this book might be a groovy book that, when put out on display might get someone to check it out. But alas, its one of those disappointing craft books with bad black and white images.

Holly: Fair warning before you scroll down: two of these images are potentially NSFW. One is a t-shirt model with “special skills” (image 6 below). This might have been a cool book in 1975, but I agree with Submitter: black and white images are just disappointing in a craft book. I want to see those chest handprints in living color (image 3 below…NSFW…).

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Hippie Crafts

Hippie Crafts: Creating a Hip New Look Using Groovy ’60s Crafts
O’Sullivan
2005

Submitter: This book has not circulated since being purchased back in 2005. From the looks of it, I can see why! Maybe Mary can delight us in some of her 60’s threads.

Holly: Mary is cool, but not this cool.

Mary: I am quite certain I sported a few similar items, but I am going to say no to the vests in the 5th picture. Some of these should have stayed put in the 1960s.

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Apple Dumplins’

Apple Dumplings Presents Soft Sculpture
Graham
1981

Submitter: This ye olde craft book comes from a local branch of the public library. Since automation in 1999 it has not circulated. Sad because that might mean it hasn’t circulated in over 20+ years. It certainly is a time capsule of crafting in the late 70’s and early 80s. My personal yikes – Aunt Bessie.

Holly: At first glance of the submission, I thought, “Oh good, more apple head dolls. Mary will love this.” These are cute, in an old-white-granny kind of way!

But oh my word, Aunt Bessie (last image, below).

Crafts and Hobbies

A Big Book of Crafts

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?

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Macrame Hangers for Small Spaces

Macramé Hangers for Small Spaces
Craft Course Publishers, Inc.
1975

Submission: I found this crafty little book hiding in our stacks recently. My family’s first apartment in the 80’s had the same wallpaper as page 13.

Holly: You know, the house I grew up in had similar wallpaper in our kitchen! We also had the macrame hanger.

Mary: I got a similar wall hanging (pg. 7) for a wedding present. I re-gifted it to a friend, and she did similar. I am sure it is in a landfill, where it belongs.