Crazy and Not-So-Crazy Craft Patterns XI

Wow, this is the eleventh installment of crazy craft patterns.  I guess I don’t have to tell you that we are mad collectors of good and bad craft pamphlets and books.  This most recent installment is a Kathy find, but I scanned the plans, and decided that we all needed a break this week from our regular posts.

These individual sheets straight from the 1930s, or maybe slightly earlier.  Neither of us have seen any of these made—they are just that memorable—but they are mostly wood, so they could be out there if we looked hard enough.  We would love to hear from you if you have encountered one of these crafts—perhaps at your great-grandma’s house.

I’m sorry to report that the pages are just slightly longer than my scanner bed.  I still think that you could figure out how to make them even with a few sentences missing.

I’m not sure why you might want a bellman holding your toothbrush, but I’m probably 80 years too young:


The one thing I noticed with all the patterns is how labor intensive they are.  Even tracing the pattern onto a piece of wood looks hard.  You are told NOT to use carbon paper, but rather trace the pattern with pencil and paper, and then trace it onto a piece of wood.  You need to do a ton of sanding, before and after cutting the shape out with a coping saw.  Just in case you don’t know what that looks like, here’s a picture:

I don’t know about you, but cutting those intricate shapes with this saw looks like it would take some skill.  After cutting things out, there is the decoration, which would also take some skill.  I’m really glad that we have modern tools to make cutting shapes easier.

Of course, there is another problem with this project.  I’m not really sure that wood is the most hygienic material to use for a toothbrush holder.  It would get wet, and probably not dry before the next time you brush your teeth.  The American Dental Association would not approve!

I’m not even sure if I still have a whisk broom any more, but evidently it was a household staple:


I used to keep one in the car to sweep out messes, but somewhere along the line it disappeared never to be replaced.  I read online that people use them to brush their clothing, although they seem pretty stiff for that use.  Other uses were for cleaning a workshop, or light housework.  I think vacuum cleaners have pretty much taken over the housework piece of things.  Does anyone out there still use a whisk broom?  I think this holder is pretty darn cute with the broom tail.  Once again, you will need to break out your coping saw.

I like some of these shapes, but they are some pretty odd shade pulls:


I’m looking at you, chimpanzee and cockatoo!  The Egyptian woman is a little strange, also.  But, with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in the 1920s, there was a craze for Egyptian design and it was also incorporated in with Art Deco design, so maybe that shade pull was a current style.

Again, these look like quite a bit of work to cut out by hand.  Then there is all the sanding and painting.  I, myself, have always liked the crocheted or tatted pulls.  They seem a little easier to make and are pretty timeless in design.

These are neither timeless nor classic:


Why, why, why???  I’m not sure what these creatures are, but the leftmost faces sure look familiar.  The right hanger is too close to a clown for me to like, but the other ones aren’t great either.  Wouldn’t it just be easier to hang ties over a padded hanger?  I think that most dads would just look at you blankly if you made either of these for Father’s Day!

I could get excited about these garden markers:


At least they would be outside!  I’m just afraid that if I put the rabbit out in my veggie garden that the real rabbits, who thrive in the neighborhood, would view it as an invitation to visit.  I have complained a lot about how destructive the mule deer are in my gardens, but rabbits are just as bad, plus they chew on the drip tubing.  Give me a good old garden gnome any day!

I’m afraid the day of the handwritten letters is coming to a close.  This is a quaint relic of a time when people wrote to friends and loved ones to keep in touch:


Calling long distance was a big deal and expensive, but postage was pretty cheap.  I can see where it might be helpful to have a place to put letters until someone walked out to the mailbox or to the post office.  Or maybe you might put letters that you received but haven’t answered in there, keeping them together until you had time to write.

Last up are a timeless craft—coasters:


You can see the obligatory card suit coasters that you would whip out for bridge or canasta club.  There are a couple of good luck symbols, too, which would work for card or game night  But you tell me how an elephant and a bunny fit in with the rest.  Also, I think that you would have to seal the coasters up pretty well after painting them to deal with all the sweaty glasses that will be set on them.  I think that this might be the set that I could make with my trusty coping saw.  The shapes aren’t too tricky, and I’m positive that I could paint the heart, club, spade and diamond coasters.  Probably even the horseshoe and four-leaf clover would turn out recognizably, but I know my limits, so the elephant and rabbit are right out.  Of all the projects here, this is probably the most useful.  It’s funny that we haven’t come up with a better way to deal with glasses leaving rings on our wooden furniture in the 90 years these craft sheets have been around.  Someone should get on that!

Thanks for reading and if there is a craft project that you would like us to tackle, let us know in the comments.  I’m pretty sure we have examples of ALL possible crafts!

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2 Responses to Crazy and Not-So-Crazy Craft Patterns XI

  1. My dad had a jigsaw that he would let me cut puzzles out while standing on a box. Mom said, “what if she cuts off her fingers?”—I was 5. I don’t think I would have the nerve now, though….LOL.

    • kathy & deb says:

      You know, your dad sounds just like my dad! He always wanted to show us how to use his power tools and my mom would say the same thing! Life is sure different now, but probably a little safer. I have a coping saw, and I just might try to cut something out with it. No way would I feel comfortable using a jigsaw or router! Thanks for sharing.

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