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Title: Creative Hands
Edited by: Beverly Hilton
Format/Publication Date: HC:1975
Publisher: Greystone Press, NY
Language: English
Page Count: 110/volume, 22 volumes
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- This set of "how to" needlework instructions is a compilation of the 75 issue run of "Golden Hands" from the late 1960's/early 1970's. Organization is really haphazard(i.e.- I couldn't detect any), but the "Golden Hands" were a fabulous run of full color instructions broken down into quite edible bites of useful instruction in all the most popular needlearts. Here are the categories covered: Dressmaking(Elisa Boness), Basic Wardrobe Knitting & Crochet(Rae Compton), Embroidery & Needlepoint(Eileen Lowcock), tatting(Mary Konior), Net Embroidery(Ann Mary Pilcher), Toymaking(Pamela Peake), Macrame, Bobbin Lace, Home Sewing, Hooked Rugs, Patchwork, and Caring for your fiber arts. If you love the wild colors and retro '60's and '70's fashion scene, then these are a marvelous find. A lot of the fashion dates, but there is a lot of other work in here that is timeless, and of course the basic instructions are well done and easy to follow. All 22 volumes have the same cover, with the spine being the only clue which volume the book is. While I may have been disappointed in the organization and packaging, I still think this is a useful set of books for anyone wanting to pick up the basics in any of the disciplines listed above. You'll just have to hunt for what you want, and have fun with the funky fashion sensibilities of the early 1970's.