Saturday, April 20, 2013

Buried Treasure

I found the most amazing craft book in my collection the other day called The Complete Book of Handicrafts. I remember purchasing at my mom's church rummage sale a number of years ago, probably for a dollar, and subsequently shoving it on a shelf.

The Complete Book of Handicrafts

There it sat until the other day when I was cleaning out said shelf. I wasn't sure whether or not to keep it because I've never really read or used it. I decided it at least deserved a look over before condemning it to be sold to the half-price book store.

And ... WOW..

The Complete Book of Handicrafts - Interior

Check out that groovy 70's font they're using for the headings.

The Complete Book of Handicrafts - Interior

There are some pretty decent sewing how-tos in this book. I haven't had time to read in yet, but they appear to be more overviews than real in-depth analysis.  But, that's okay since they are trying to cram so many craft projects in one book. There sections that look interesting are the above making your own pattern section, sizing information, how to make button holes and seam finishes to name a few.

But the real winner is this guy:

I Like to Party!

How on earth could I ever get rid of a book that contains this much AWESOMENESS!  I think I had a similar shirt I bought at the thrift store and wore back in high school. (I was going through a 70s retro dressing phase.)

How about you? Have you ever come across buried treasure that you didn't even know you had?

1 comment:

  1. What an awesome book! I have a bunch of old copies from the late '60s and early '70s of McCall's Needlework and Crafts. It's the magazine version of this book, a little of everything: knitting, crochet, home dec, gift/bazaar items. Every once in a while I pull them all out and look through them. It's a great rainy or snowy afternoon activity!