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A Spring issue of Good Old Days Magazine in 1975 ran a full-page advertisement selling over 300 different handicraft things to make for $2.00. From a 2010 perspective, a look at this ad offers insights into the nature of crafting itself as well as reminds readers of hand-crafted items from the 1970s.

1970s Handicrafts Featured What People Did in Leisure Time

1970s Handicrafts Featured What People Did in Leisure Time
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A scan through the list of 300 items is a reminder of how people spent their leisure hours. Lots of people, especially women, spent time thumbing through Butterick’s or McCall’s catalogs at the dime store or fabric store, looking for sewing patterns for their next outfit. Hand-crafted gifts made just for them show up on the list: a mouse pincushion, yardstick caddy, hat pincushion, thimble holder and corner sewing basket.

A hand-fashioned knitting needle holder, crocheted neck choker, and yarn doll bring to mind harvest gold and avocado green yarns and textures, along with visions of Grandma’s bed doll made from felt circles tied with woolen yarn bows.

Hand-Crafted Items Tell Much about 1970s Lifestyle

Hand-Crafted Items Tell Much about 1970s Lifestyle
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The things made by young hippies, 70s hobbyists and moms help readers of today envision day-to-day life during the 1970s. Snapshot holders conjure up Swinger Polaroid cameras and Kodak Instamatics. Home-fashioned curler keepers bring to mind those huge, cylindrical curlers the size of orange juice cans for waist-length hippie hairstyles, not to mention ironing irons and boards set up to straighten locks too curly for current hair styles.

A favorite of 1970s crafters were bathroom items. Soap holders with ribbons, sequins, pearl-tipped straight pins adorned many a vanity, as did soap swans and crocheted tissue box covers. Toilet paper covers, towel racks, washcloth kittens frequently accompanied children home from Sunday School and Bible School classes, as did trash cans made from yarn, wallpaper and cardboard.

Crafts Changes As a Result of Newer Technologies

Crafts Changes As a Result of Newer Technologies
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Perhaps the biggest changes evident in perusing the crafts of the 1970s with today in mind are the differences that came about because of changing technology. Bulletin boards and chalk boards evolved into smart boards and white boards.

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What’s Missing in Craft Designs of the 1970s Advertising

What's Missing in Craft Designs of the 1970s Advertising
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Still, handicrafts then and now shed a nostalgic light and show how people, no matter what decade appear on the calendar, enjoy fashioning small gifts, mementos and souvenirs out of the most ordinary items. Whether they’re tapping on keys or handwriting on leaf print stationery, texting on a red-skinned cell phone or turning weeds into decorated note paper, it’s the creativity and thoughtfulness that endure, capturing the spirit of a generation.

Nowhere in a 1970s advertisement for craft ideas will readers encounter words like digital, computer, DVD, CD, laser and free, printables. Martha Stewart was still gracing a model’s runway or a stockbroker’s office.

A scan through the list of 300 items is a reminder of how people spent their leisure hours. The things made by young hippies, 70s hobbyists and moms help readers of today envision day-to-day life during the 1970s. A favorite of 1970s crafters were bathroom items. Perhaps the biggest changes evident in perusing the crafts of the 1970s with today in mind are the differences that came about because of changing technology.

From a 2010 perspective, a look at this ad offers insights into the nature of crafting itself as well as reminds readers of hand-crafted items from the 1970s.

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