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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2008 06:52:06 PM »

I just picked up the 22 volume set of those books-- a revised version called "Creative Hands"-- today.

I'm so thrilled by it, I can't even express it!

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« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2008 07:34:59 AM »

I'm like someone else on this post... i never realized that macrame' could be used for clothing! that bolero is beautiful!

must get my hands on some Golden Hands books too!

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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2009 07:33:30 PM »

I have most of the Golden hands books, I picked them up at a goodwill book sale for $.50.  I looooove them.  They have everything you could want to try.  They are my favorite books in my collection. 

I'm surprised so many people have never seen macrame clothing.  But my mother was into macrame back in the day, so I may have an advantage.  One of my favorite memories of childhood was going to the craft store with her to buy wooden beads.  I picked up a book of interesting macrame designs from the 70's at a thrift store.  If I didn't get rid of it in my last book purge, I'll try to remember to post some of the clothing.

« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2009 07:21:49 PM »

I have the 22 volume set of creative hands books and I love them.  I got them for 25 cents each at a school recycled book sale and I was pleased as punch to find them.  There are some lacy knitted thigh high socks in there I would love to make.  I will try to post some pictures soon.

« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2009 07:32:23 AM »

I am green with envy too.  I am lusting those capes. They are so pretty.  I love the macrame top. 

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« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2009 05:23:33 PM »

As far as I can tell, the Golden Hands was originally a magazine series "in 75 weekly parts", called Golden Hands: Knitting, dressmaking & needlecraft guide. They also sold a set of four red plastic binders to store your Golden Hands mags in. The mags I have were printed in Great Britain but seem to have been available in the US as well. They have two copyrights listed: a 1971 copyright for Marshall Cavendish Ltd. and another that says Fratelli Fabbri Editori 1966, 1967. My mags also have inserts advertising a dressmaker's pattern pack and an embroidery transfer pack.

Some of the material from these magazines got reprinted in books. The Golden Hands Complete Book of Dressmaking was printed in the US by Random House in the early '70s. I found a copy at a thrift store and if you like early '70s clothes, it makes seriously cool browsing. The knitting and crochet material got put into The Golden Hands Complete Book of Knitting and Crochet, also from Random House. My public library has that, and it is also fun, although as usual the sizes for these vintage knit garments stop well below a lot of contemporary bust sizes! And I've seen a Golden Hands Complete Book of Embroidery on Amazon that I think was taken from the magazines.

This is just the GH stuff I know about available in the USA. I don't know about the non-English editions. But these were good crafts books and worth picking up if you come across a copy.

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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2011 02:20:14 PM »

oooooh, that first fringy white one is stunning.  I would wear it all the time!

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« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2011 11:19:28 AM »

1975 was a good year
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« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2012 05:23:57 AM »

That macrame vest is lovely!
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