Comprehensive Crafting

crafts jamboree

Crafts Jamboree
Macrame, Knitting, Quilting, Rugmaking, Dyeing, Needlepoint, Patchwork, Crochet, Jewelry, Leather, Clay, Stained Glass, Collage, Enameling, Kites, Candlemaking

I think this book had every single craft medium known to mankind. To be honest, reading the table of contents is kind of exhausting. I guess a craft jamboree is like crafts turned up to 11.

I think we can all agree that perhaps this book has been around long enough. One look at some of the fashion choices will tell you all you need to know.

I think the bigger question is if a giant book of a variety of crafts works for the crafting patron. For the most part, my experience is that people are looking for a book on a specific craft. If you want to learn quilting or knitting, most people would gravitate toward an entire book on quilting or knitting. Even some of the contemporary compilations don’t try to go too deep on the more skilled crafts. The multi craft books will try and stay within a theme or some kind of parameter.

I am also kind of worried about the person that would embrace this level of crafting. Can you imagine what their house looks like?



bedroom decorations



granny squares


  1. I’m not going to lie, if that canopy was in shades of green and purple I would kill for it.
    I also have mention how my heart sings when i see a craft book here!

    1. That bed is really entertaining to me, and might be something I would consider. The wound yarn directional radio antennas are interesting, but must be dusty as anything after a year on the wall.

  2. Some of the pictures were used in another craft book – that I have and still use.
    I had another book of “colonial” crafts I often made in the 1970s and 1980s. I think Martha Stewart got a copy of it because in the 1990s and early 2000s she did each and every craft that was in that book! Update the pictures and sell more books!

  3. I low-key love that bed. Also, I think granny squares are back in fashion.

    [quote]I am also kind of worried about the person that would embrace this level of crafting. Can you imagine what their house looks like?[/quote]

    Mine……… ::sigh::

  4. We have to remember that, during the mid to late 1970s, the interest in crafts in the United States was huge. The Bicentennial was a big part of it for citizens who wanted to teach their children about our ‘colonial roots’. I did a lot of needlepoint back then and my MIL took up quilting. She made us a nice Christmas quilt and a grape vine wreath that we still use in the Autumn. I thank the deity that none of us ever tried making apple head dolls.

    There was also the Hippy movement that embraced crafts of all sorts from candle dipping to macrame. Everyone wanted to be totally original
    While buying in to the craft of the month.

    This isn’t an awful book but it is an artifact of a time and place.

    PS. The things we called ‘god’s eyes’ made from yarn wrapped around sticks are still handsome and fun for children to make as Christmas tree ornaments.

    1. When I lived at home and my father watched the “Simpsons” I remember a few seconds where one of them is showing how they made candles in the old days and shows some useless blob of wax and the boy says “What a crappy candle!” I still laugh at the memory of that voice actor.

  5. Not going to lie either; even now, I might commit a not-inconsiderable crime for that embroidered blouse. The hairstyle and makeup, however, have got to go.
    And I’m with you on all the Indian textiles, although perhaps not all in one place.
    That body-suit, though…

  6. I will now have nightmares about that yellow scene with the God’s-eyes and the terrible bedroom.

  7. That second picture….it would give me actual motion sickness if I looked at it more than five seconds.

    And I’m thinking “horror movie set in creepy old haunted house” when I think about what the house of someone that dedicated to crafting would look like….

  8. I have several multi-craft books, including one “craft encyclopedia” that includes five or six books. The category-specific ones like The World Of Needlecraft are invaluable to someone who does crafts in that category, because there are techniques from one craft that can be translated into another.

    The books with all kinds of crafts are nice for people who are looking for help because they’re having a frustrating time with a craft. A book like this can easily lead them to try another, likely one they never heard of, or knew nothing about. It helps keep lesser-known crafts alive by letting them piggy-back onto the more famous ones, and lets people find creative outlets that they’ll enjoy.

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