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The National Handcraft Society
Welcome The National Handcraft Society
This page is dedicated to all who seek information about The National Hand Craft Society, also known as The Fad Of The Month Club.Here you will find information about the Handcraft Society and the products it had to offer.
If you are an old schooled crafter like me, and wonder what ever happened to this fine organization, fellow handcraft club members, and whether or not any craft kits are still in existence, you will find the answers here.
History of The National Hand Craft Society
The National Handcraft Society was established in or around 1947. The Handcraft Society was comprised of members who joined to receive the surprise craft kit of the month.
A Note From Club Secretary Nancy Lee
Each month, members received a letter from club secretary, Nancy Lee who would touch base with members with the latest notes about their Fad Of The Month Craft Kit, along with instructions.
National Handcraft Society Membership Information
As a member of The "Fad Of The Month Club," you were deemed the privilege of being a member of the National Handcraft Society. The craft kits were as shown in the catalog published by The National Handcraft Institute of Des Moines, Iowa.
Membership was available in two forms: The $7.50 Membership was ($6.00 for 6 Surprise Kits plus $1.50 to cover postage, handling, and insurance) for six surprise kits plus one FREE PRIZE. The second membership available was $12.50 ($10.00 for 10 Surprise Kits plus $2.50 to cover postage, handling, and insurance) for 10 Surprise Kits plus TWO FREE PRIZES.
The surprise kit was like the Forest Gump Box of Chocolates -- You never knew what you were going to get. But when that little box arrived, you knew you were getting a kit that included everything from start to finish to complete it. The package was well prepared, and often came with a full set of instructions, and a full color postcard of how the kit would look complete and on display. Of course, a member's satisfaction was of utmost importance. Members were protected with an UNCONDITIONAL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.
Regardless of which membership package one chose, the FREE GIFT was the first item one would receive, along with a "Welcome" letter from Nancy Lee. The welcome letter also provided the means for enabling one to earn premium gifts by enrolling friends on the Special Membership Agreements. One could also provide Nancy Lee with names and addresses so friends could receive an invitation anonymously.
The Garden Medley Apron Kit
Gift Craft Catalog from The National Handcraft Institute
Thanksgiving In The Handcraft Institute Catalog
Make Your Own Cork Board
This is a very practical cork board kit that will help inspire those who save wine bottle cork.
Steam Punk Antique Cars Fad Of The Month Craft Kit
Where To Find Fad Of The Month Club Kits
Members of The National Handcraft Society will probably remember the joy in receiving a surprise box once a month in the mail. In the early 1970s, I was a member of The National Handcraft Society, and once a month I received a surprise craft kit. Members who were faithful for a whole year received a National Handcraft Society Pin.
For collectors of the antique National Handcraft Society kits, look for items available for sale on eBay, estate sales, garage sales, newspaper classifieds, Craig's List, and social networks online.
Christmas In The Handcraft Society Catalog
Fad Of The Month Craft Kits were always themed with the season, and everything you needed was always provided. This is an example of a seasonal craft kit that is available on Amazon.
The Posy Place
Fun Handcrafts From The Fad Of The Month
Members Of The National Handcraft Society Unite
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Custom Textiles For Craft Projects and Home Decor
The Hancrafter's Note
All the information contained herein is from my own National Handcraft Society kits and personal experience. Based on how difficult it was (and still is) to find relevant information about "The Fad Of The Month Club," this page was constructed for the benefit of all who have inquiry about the hand crafting group that existed for more than twenty five years and disappeared without a trace. The purpose of this page, most importantly, is to assemble information about the National Handcraft Society to be shared with all for historical purposes.
If you were a member of The National Handcraft Society (Fad Of The Month), your knowledge and information are welcome here. I would love to hear about your crafting experience, craft kits, and how the National Handcraft Society was part of your life. Also, if anyone knows whatever happened club secretary, Nancy Lee, it would be great if you could share your information here with fellow former members, as well.
It is amazing how many links to the National Handcraft Society are obsolete, or non existent. This page was designed to provide you and the internet with a real and relevant source of information about this topic. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit this page. May all who visit feel welcome, and may all who seek information about this topic find it helpful.
© 2010 Tonie Cook