Woot for summer! But wait, it’s pouring rain outside today. Boo! What to do? Seek out Cathy Callahan’s Vintage Craft Workshop, our June Book of the Month.
Like many of us, Cathy Callahan’s role models are women who paved the way. Growing up with a mother that imbued a 60′s and 70′s DIY aesthetic into her home, Cathy was happily occupied throughout her childhood by kitschy craft projects. As an adult, she started collecting vintage craft books, like Make It with…Yarn ‘n Burlap, and became part of the current crafting community at local fairs and online. Through this tight-knit community, Cathy met talents whose works are included in this book.
Successful crafters, such as the editor of World of Geekcraft, Susan Beal, contribute their interpretations of projects from forgotten books and magazines. Seeing images of original pieces, like the cover of 1970′s Serendipity in HiStraw, not only bridges vintage crafts with modern, but it encourages you to interpret these projects as your very own. That’s exactly what I did with the “Citrus Slice Bulletin Board,” seen in progression below!
Vintage Craft Workshop is not just a collection of projects and steps, it’s an anthology. Best of all, sprinkled throughout the book are profiles of mid-century DIY heroines. For example, découpage wouldn’t be the same without Jan Meyerson Wetstone, the inventor of Mod Podge. The interior designer from Atlanta, GA, wanted a more efficient varnish and developed the mixture in her garage. Since 1967, Mod Podge has been the go-to goop for collages and more. Rock on, Jan Meyerson Wetstone!
Lastly, I must add that this book has got style. I’m so into the “Festive Gift Boxes’” model’s swingin’ floral shift and daisy cocktail ring — the shades of warm oranges and pinks, “flower child” prints, and cateye frames worn by crafty ladies (including Cathy herself) are enough to make me want to create a retro extravaganza from my closet to my kitchen.
Vintage Craft Workshop is not just for DIY’ers. It’s a great gift for your vintage-loving friend, especially one that insists she or he is not “crafty.” The projects are pretty easy — save the two projects that require the crafter to already know how to crochet, anyone can create something from this book. For the decorated cork board I made here, I did appliqué for the first time, which was way easier than I’d expected! Basic materials like burlap, felt, yarn, embroidery floss, and tissue paper are used in many of the projects, and are things that won’t break your bank. So, when it’s raining on your summer day, this book will definitely keep you entertained.
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