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« on: March 30, 2004 08:17:57 AM »

I just won this book on eBay- it was printed in 1948!

Some of the chapters are: Lovely dolls anyone can make, How to make doll houses and miniature furniture, Building model planes that fly, Plastic craft as a hobby, The art of soap sculpture, Weave your own baskets, Decorating textiles as a hobby, Working with leather, Metalcraft for fun and profit, Easy weaving on small looms, and much, much more! There are 310 pages in this book and every page is packed with information on various hobbies and crafts. There are lots of pictures and illustrations to go along with the text so that you can see what is being described.

I should have the book by the end of the week. If anyone is interested in some of the how-tos and wants copies of the instructions, let me know!
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2004 02:29:33 PM »

The book is in!! YAY!

Ok, here are the chapters:

Plastic Craft (how to make salad tongs, a plastic lap tray, bookends, some nifty ciggy holders)

Whittling (includes patterns for a pig, duck, alley cat, 'hot dog' dog, colt, fawn, pilgram woman, cuter puppy, elephant, instructions on how to make katchina dolls, a westie and a turtle)

Model Boats (includes how to carve them as well as detailed plans)

Model Cars (plaster cast method of making them- uses modeling clay. liquid rubber and plaster)

Model Railroads (how to make your own scenery, how to build a table for your trains, and more)

Model Planes (plans/patterns, how to make propellers)

Soap Sculpture (how to carve stuff out of blocks of soap..lol...includes patterns for horse and cowboy, woman, cat, eagle, bear, indian woman with baby, pelican and fish)

Book binding made easy (includes plans to make a sewing frame, glue press, sawing clamp...how to sew, how to 'knock down', how to glue, trimming, headbands, full binding, etc)

Paper Decorating (Portfolio making is already posted on craftster in full....also includes butterfly method, crackle, water printing, crackle and drip, splash tone, mounting)

Paper Pulp Modeling and Crayon Crafts (how to make models and decorate them; crayon craft is like batik for paper)

Square Knotting (friendship bracelets on crack! I love this one! includes how to make a belt, differet knot types, how to add buckles, how to knot on a diagonal, finishing with a loop, how to make a lanyard, how to 'whip' the ends)

Netting (how to make fishing nets, game nets, net shopping bags and a SHAWL WITH RUFFLE!)

Dolls (how to use modelling clay and paper mache to create a negative mold which is used for the face, how to make the body, how to make clothes, etc)

Doll houses and furniture (how to make, paint, etc)

Decorating Textiles (plain dyeing, tye dyeing, crackle batik, batik with wax, batik without wax, painting on cloth, using stencils)

Block printing with linolem (how to make a block print out of linolem and then use it for printing on greeting cards, invitations, books, fabric)

** Takes a deep breath ** there are more sections but I'm tired of typing so I'll add them later..lolol....

If you want the text out of any of these sections, let me know...It's a pain in the butt cause I have to retype it (book doesn't scan well at all) but I'll try to get them to you as fast as I can....

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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2004 03:11:19 PM »

I'd be very interested in "Bookbinding made easy..." (but are you sure the pages won't scan well?.. I hate to think of all that typing...)  Tongue

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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2004 03:18:49 PM »

I tried scanning a few different ways..the paper is so old and yellowed and the binding is so tight that I get tons of shadow that is near impossible to clean up...

What I'll do is what I did for the Portfolio tutorial- type the text and scan the pics...

Look for it soon under paper crafts..lol...
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2004 08:08:17 AM »

Does the nun doll have a pattern for the habit, I had a Nun doll when I was little and I'd love to make a habit for one of my vintage dolls...I'd be willing to trade something for it, I collect doll patterns as well as vintage doll fashion patterns, the 18 to 22 inch fashion dolls.......

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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2004 10:05:05 AM »

wow that book sounds incredible!  If you ever  have mulitple requests for the knotting and/or netting chapters I would love to see them!  It sounds like quite an undertaking though.   If you make anything for the book please post a pic ! Smiley
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2004 02:18:34 PM »

i'd be interested in the dollhouse section, but I don't want to make you type it all - -is there any way to make copies and mail them? I'd reimburse for shipping, etc.
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2004 09:32:16 AM »

I have this book!!!  (Can't remember whether I got it at a thrift store when I was in college or if it was given to me by a friend who shares my interest in both old books and doing things by hand.)  Will check the copyright date but the title and chapters noted so far are the same and so are the photos.  Sure never expected to see it anywhere else!

Sounds like mine may be in better condition so I'll see if I can scan it, but it might be better photocopied.  Wouldn't want to copy the whole book, but if a few people wanted individual chapters....  (ritabelle, PM me with your address and I'll send you the dollhouse chapter.)
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2004 10:28:42 AM »

Thanks waterbaby! In my spare time  Huh I'm working on entering the info from 'book binding'..lol
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2004 12:53:33 PM »

will you please let me know if you scanned the nun pattern (or any of the projects for that matter)Huh?

I would love to see all!

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« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2004 09:30:11 AM »

Wow, that's really cool, I am super jealous. I'm really interested in the whittling stuff. But I wouldn't want to put you out. If you ever have any spare time, maybe.

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