It must've been a weird time for crafting back in the early-'70s. Women were trying to shed the stereotypical role of housewifery, and lumped in with that were those crafts — womanly arts — that were closely associated with being a woman, like knitting and sewing. But at the same time, a D.I.Y. movement was burgeoning. So what was a feminist to do? According to this volume of Woman Alive, the answer was to engage in alternative crafts that didn't have the "stigma" of femininity attached. So a host of different crafts became popular in the '70s…and they pretty much stayed there. Do you know anyone weaves baskets or creates "natural collages" out of beans and seeds just for shits and giggles? After the jump, we look at some crafts that time forgot (because they were too ugly to remember).
OK, let's start off with this: What the fuck is it? And why? And how? Unfortunately, Woman Alive never tells us. One of the big themes of this book is weaving, whether it's with beads, paper, straw. The only thing I know about weaves is what I've learned from Tyra Banks, and this isn't anywhere near as fabulous. Also, bead weaving looks like a waste of time, energy, money, etc. Especially because you have to build your own fucking loom from scratch! To make what? A bunch of crap that's gonna end up at the Salvation Army? This woman is supposed to be modeling off a patchwork bag. But she looks so out of place. She should actually be bitchily painting her nails while Al Pacino watches TV from his sunken bathtub in their opulent bedroom. Patchwork is just gross. I think I rank it up there with ric rac as one of the most detestable textiles in crafting. Further more, I've never come across an outfit like this… …that didn't smell of hoagies trying to be masked by patchouli oil. Now it's time for something called "quilling," which in the '70s, was experiencing some kind of revival. i don't know why, because all it is is a bunch of twirled pieces of paper glued to wood. The one I liked the most, and can actually see myself doing and enjoying is colorful canvas work. They actually provided a great detailed chart with specific instructions.