All of today’s projects were scanned from the Fall-Winter 1963-64 issue of McCall’s Needlework & Crafts. I have a few of these old magazines, and McCall’s always sticks to the same formula. They put the all the relatively normal, knit & crochet projects up front. However, the deeper you get into the magazine, the…odder…the projects become.
For example, this crocheted rose muff and headband set is right up front:
That is adorable. I’d totally rock this if it wasn’t a million degrees in Florida all the time.
But, then there are projects like this:
McCall’s refers to her as the “Market Woman Planter.” But, I can’t look at this project without thinking Hedwig. Which only makes me want to make one even more.
And, who wouldn’t want a Puppet Pal Purse, that “provides droll entertainment as well as totes?” Yeah, I’m going to take a pass on this one:
While we’re frightening children, why not let them make a few crafts, too? You know, like an irate lunch tray face – or a scary one-eyed clown:
*shudder* Let’s move on to greener pastures…
I was glad to see that as early as 1964, upcycling was already a trend in crafting. Check out this ad for a fabulous garbage poodle:
Or, how about a prancing pink Circus Pony made out of an old Wesson oil bottle? (The instructions were very specific in name-checking Wesson). You fill the pony with after-dinner mints for the holiday tablescape. I REALLY want to make one of these. C’mon a pink pipe cleaner tail? How can I not?
So, what do you guys think? Which of these crafts would you want proudly displayed in your home? Yes, you have to pick one.