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« on: March 21, 2008 05:57:47 PM »

This is the coolest book.  It has instructions for just about every traditional craft or art medium there is.



It is dated 1979 and it is by Reader's Digest.  I swear it is like a bible for crafters.
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2008 06:12:36 PM »

Just bought that exact book at Goodwill for $1.99! What a deal....it DOES have just about everything in it. I also have an old Reader's Digest book of home improvements that has been a godsend more than once and helped me save tons of moolah over the years. It also taught my son how to be a fantastic handyman, also saving me tons of moolah over the years. It would pay anyone to keep an eye out for them at thrift stores and yard sales.
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2008 06:26:45 PM »

I have had this book for years, someone gave it to me, idk even who it was! It IS totally awesome & very helpful! I had to click on this link b/c I saw the pic & I was like, I totally have this book.
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2008 06:27:34 PM »

mmmm..i just bought it on amazon, so i hope you're right!  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2008 06:35:26 PM »

I have this book!  I stole it from my mom a long time ago.  She told me I couldn't have it, and I said, sorry Mom, I'm taking it anyway!  I don't think she minds anymore because I get so much use out of it so much more often than she used to.  Smiley

I love that there is such a broad and in-depth amount of information on each topic.  I love this book!
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2008 06:35:58 PM »

My mom has had this book for years...its great.
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2008 08:31:20 PM »

I'm glad to see so many people already enjoying this book.  I just picked this up recently and have already used it for a couple of items that I made and for some gardening tips.
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2008 01:59:50 AM »

Readers Digest craft books are awesome. I have a few of them and they rock my socks off. My only problem with this book is they didn't include soapmaking. Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2008 06:32:52 AM »

Wow!  You're right.  But they did include some very obscure crafts, like how to bonsai a tree. 

what other books should I be on the lookout for?
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2008 08:55:05 AM »

My grandma has had this book forever! Like probably 1979! I'm gonna have to steal it from her house.
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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2008 06:19:29 PM »

My mom has had that book for as long as I can remember!  I had forgotten about it though.  I'm gonna have to go "borrow" it!  Thanks for the reminder! Grin
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« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2008 02:09:56 PM »

Oh my goodness I must have this book.  Thank you for bringing it into my life!   Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2008 05:03:11 PM »

I hope you can find it.  I found this copy at a second hand store that was so crammed full of stuff, I don't think the old guy even knows what he's got.

I don't know if it's being sold as new anywhere.  Maybe on Amazon.com.
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« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2008 12:18:34 PM »

http://www.amazon.com/Readers-Digest-Complete-Guide-Needlework/dp/0888500858  Here is another one to look out for.  I've owned it for 20+ years but I know I've seen is at thrift stores and garage sales.  I also had one in the same style for home repair that was excellent.  Unfortunately I lent it out and it has never been returned.  Embarrassed
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« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2008 01:01:19 PM »

I have had the complete guide to needlework for several years and it is my ultimate go-to book for needlework. I didn't know about the crafts and hobbies one until last week when I read about it here, and wished I could find on for my library. Then guess what happened!! On Friday I was at  an antique mall and it called my name!! It was sitting on a bottom shelf all lonely and afraid, so of course I had to bring it home and give it a good home with its sibling book! It has some great stuff in it!
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« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2008 06:15:26 PM »

This is the greatest book, I borrowed from from grandmother years ago and have yet to give it back to her. It is my crafting bible!
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« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2008 04:39:34 PM »

my mom's cousin just gave me this book! its amazing!
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« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2010 03:18:21 PM »

We had this book at home when I was growing up...wonder what happened to it  Huh
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2010 03:24:13 PM »

I hope you find it.  It's worth it's weight in gold.  I've already used my copy several times.
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« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2010 11:05:05 AM »

I'll have to have a look for this book. Incidently I have "borrowed" the RD Farmhouse cookery book (I've found my own copy since) and it's my cooking bible I use it all the time you can't beat the Reader's Digest Grin
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« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2010 12:11:09 PM »

Ok, now I have to find the Farmhouse cookery book.  I've been reading the RD book called Homemade, and I've decided that I need to own it.
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« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2010 10:18:05 AM »

http://www.amazon.com/Readers-Digest-Complete-Guide-Needlework/dp/0888500858  Here is another one to look out for.  I've owned it for 20+ years but I know I've seen is at thrift stores and garage sales.  I also had one in the same style for home repair that was excellent.  Unfortunately I lent it out and it has never been returned.  Embarrassed

I have this book too and love it. I will have to keep an eye out for the craft & hobbies one.
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« Reply #22 on: April 22, 2011 08:46:14 PM »

I have this book, too!  But I'd forgotten, so thank you for the reminder to pull it out and actually look at it. Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2012 09:42:28 PM »

I have this book! I found it at a garage sale for $1! It's amazingly useful!
I also have Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing from 1976 and Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework from 1979, both of which were also bought at another garage sale (these two at the same sale) for $1 each! Both of these are also immensely useful and I've recently taught myself embroidery using the Needlework book!  Cheesy
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