Hobby Dyeing Books for Young People From Six to Sixty by Miss Rit (1953)
Hobby Dyeing Books for Young People From Six to Sixty
by Miss Rit (1953)

What's old is new again and this certainly applies to these fabulous vintage craft books. Some may think kitsch when looking at this selection, but I say they're downright crafty. There's something sweet and nostalgic about these covers, and it makes me want to get out my glue stick and scissors.

How-to crafting books are a dime a dozen and with the multitude of crafting blogs popping up each day, one can't help but feel bombarded by craft projects and ideas. To get a better understanding of vintage craft books, an excellent source is Cathy Callahan's Vintage Craft Workshop: Fresh Takes on Twenty-Four Classic Projects from the 60s and 70s. Not only does Callahan bring a fresh look to old crafts from the 1960s and 1970s, but she provides a historical insight into the crafting world and profiles some of the most influential women in crafting during this era.

One of my favorite books in this selection is 838 Ways to Amuse a Child by June Johnson. I'm not sure if I really need 838 suggestions on how to keep my kids happy but I'm sure a little crafty inspiration - found in anyone of these vintage, collectible books - will go a long way.




 

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How to Make Flibbers, Etc. by Robert Lopshire (1964)
How to Make Flibbers, Etc.
by Robert Lopshire (1964)
Make it Yourself! Handicraft for Boys and Girls by Bernice Wells Carlson (1950)
Make it Yourself! Handicraft for Boys and Girls
by Bernice Wells Carlson (1950)
Fashion Sewing by the Bishop Method by Edna Bishop & Marjorie Arch (1962)
Fashion Sewing by the Bishop Method
by Edna Bishop & Marjorie Arch (1962)
838 Ways to Amuse a Child by June Johnson (1960)
838 Ways to Amuse a Child
by June Johnson (1960)
Coloured Paper Craft for Schools by Frederick T. Day (1956)
Coloured Paper Craft for Schools
by Frederick T. Day (1956)
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Sewing by Frances Blondin (1949)
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Sewing
by Frances Blondin (1949)
Toymaker’s Book by C.J. Maginley (1948)
Toymaker’s Book
by C.J. Maginley (1948)
Fabrics and Dress by Lucy Rathbone and Elizabeth Tarpley (1943)
Fabrics and Dress
by Lucy Rathbone and Elizabeth Tarpley (1943)
Arts and Crafts of Old Japan by Stewart Dick (1923)
Arts and Crafts of Old Japan
by Stewart Dick (1923)
Pottery Made Easy by John Wolfe Dougherty (1939)
Pottery Made Easy
by John Wolfe Dougherty (1939)
Let’s Make Something by Harry Zarchy (1941)
Let’s Make Something
by Harry Zarchy (1941)
Weaving with Paper Rope by Dennison Manufacturing Co. (1922)
Weaving with Paper Rope
by Dennison Manufacturing Co. (1922)
Making Nursery Toys by Nancy Catford (1944)
Making Nursery Toys
by Nancy Catford (1944)
Appliqué Design and Method by Kathleen Mann (1941)
Appliqué Design and Method
by Kathleen Mann (1937)
Your Craft Book by Louis Newkirk (1946)
Your Craft Book
by Louis Newkirk (1946)
Creative Crafts for Children by Kenneth R. Benson (1958)
Creative Crafts for Children
by Kenneth R. Benson (1958)
Fun-Time Puppets by Carrie Rasmussen (1952)
Fun-Time Puppets
by Carrie Rasmussen (1952)
Contemporary Embroidery Design by Joan Nicholson (1954)
Contemporary Embroidery Design
by Joan Nicholson (1954)
The Kindergarten Arts and Crafts Book by Arthur S. Green (1962)
The Kindergarten Arts and Crafts Book
by Arthur S. Green (1962)
Doll Making at Home by Grace Lovat Fraser (1940)
Doll Making at Home
by Grace Lovat Fraser (1940)

 

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