Crafts of the 60's
The Crafts of the 60's Convinced Me I Was NOT A Crafts Person
I started this lens on the Crafts of the 60s with the picture of a Tie-Dye Peace Sign because Tie-Dye is the only thing I tried to do that with which I had some success . During the 60's everyone was into crafts. You could say that Crafts was a Fad during the 60's.
Why did so many people do crafts in the 60's? In my opinion, It was for a variety of reasons. Some did it to have the latest things to decorate their "pad". Some did it to sell their hand-made items for a few coins. Some did it to be able to sport the latest fashions. Some did it to fit in with the crowd. That is my reason! All of my friends were doing crafts and I wanted to be a part of their activities; so I decided to be a crafter as well.
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But I am sure that my thougts of being a true hippie would have fallen into the same realm as my thoughts of being a true crafter. Marked for failure. But I pretended to be both! I still believe that can do pretend much better than reality.
But some of these things are coming back. I saw a tie-die tee shirt in an online catalogue the other day and then I saw someone selling macrame plant holders at our Farmer's Market. Perhaps I could try again.
Feeling Groovy in the 60's
I was a much better listener to 60's music than I was a doer of 60's crafts. Listen to the tune below while you read the rest of this Crafts of the 60's lens. Feeling Groovy is a good thing.
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“Blessed is the generation in which the old listen to the young; and doubly blessed is the generation in which the young listen to the old”
A Great Kids Birthday Party Idea from the Crafts of the 60's
Have a Tie Dye Party
To each generation, the "'old times" means a different time period. Today's parents of school-aged children view the 70s and 80s as the "old days." Grandparents remember back to their childhood in the 50s or 60s. Great-grandparents go back even further, into the 40s or before.
I had a friend of mine call me the other day laughing as to the request she had from her granddaughter. She and I were in school and Girl Scouts at the same time and each had struggled with the whole crafts thing. But she was like me; she did master the tie dye T-shirt thing.
The granddaughter asked her Grandma if she would help her Mother put together a Tie Dye Birthday part for her with her friends. My friend and I chuckled - remembering the old adage: "what goes around, comes around". But what fun to have a birthday party revolving around one of the crafts of the 60's."
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n the 1960s and early 1970s, arts and crafts of many types enjoyed widespread popularity, and decoupage again was "in". In addition to traditional items, modern artists also produced decoupage collages -- pictures made with a number of overlaid scraps to create an abstract design. Some artists produced Warholesque pieces using soup can labels and the like.
Decoupage can be useful to cover defects on damaged thrift-store finds. Objects such as lamps, trays, old picture frames, planters, and furniture can be given new life with decoupage applications. Because it is versatile, requires few materials, and can be done by beginners.
Don't believe everything you read. Decoupage could not be done by this beginner. My kids would love at my attempts and then, worse yet, at my finished product. And I was so good in high school covering my notebooks with stickers for all the dances.
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One Craft Project of the 1960s I Could Do!
OKAY---Here is one 1960s craft project I was able to do. The problem was that I couldn't find anyone who wanted me to give them my love beads. Wish I still had them; I bet they would want them now! I would!
So I am going to pass on to you some some great information on how to make love beads. Give it a try; and then see if you can share your love.
How to Make Love Bead Necklaces
By Laine Doss
eHow Contributing Writer
Love beads were made popular in the 1960s by hippies, who made them and wore them, sometimes by the dozen. Long necklaces made from whatever random beads were found, love beads became so popular that in 1968 the term "love beads" was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Love beads made with semi-precious beads are now sold in boutiques and high-end department stores. Make your own at home with traditional seed beads or any bead that strikes your fancy.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
* Nylon beading string (.38mm or thinner)
* Beads in assorted colors
* Strong glue
Measure out and cut a length of nylon bead string. Love beads are generally long, so the necklace should at least hit the bottom of your ribcage. Tie a knot on one end of the string, leaving about 3 inches of string at both ends.
Bead your necklace. Love beads used to be made from seed beads in random colors. Make a traditional love bead necklace out of multicolored seed beads or go for a modern take on the love bead necklace by using round gemstone and wood beads. String the beads randomly or create a pattern.
Leave about 3 inches of string unbeaded. Tie a knot on the end of the string, ending the necklace. Double-knot the ends together. Snip off the excess string and gently tuck the ends into a bead on each side. Place a drop of strong glue on the knot and allow it to dry fully.
Tips & Warnings
* Experiment with different beads, color combinations and necklace lengths. In the '60s, hippies wore multiple love beads at a time. Try to stick with natural beads, like stones, wood and seed beads. While crystals are beautiful, they may be too sparkly for a hippie-inspired look.
* Throw a '60s-themed lunch or cocktail party and make love beads for everyone as a party favor.
* Seed beads are small to work with and easy to lose. Work on a piece of felt or a dish towel so the beads don't roll away if dropped or spilled.
* The smaller the bead the harder the work is on your eyes. Make sure your workspace is well lit and take breaks, if necessary.
If you have to bug out, come back soon, ya hear. We'll have a groovy place to hang loose and bring you info that is outta sight man!
Can you dig it? Sorry, that had nothing to do with crafts; but I got caught up in the whole 60's gig.
Were you making crafts in the 60s or did you inherit some "treasured" items from your parents or have you just decided that you want to try to make some of these groovy items. Let us know.