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Threadbared: Decades of Don'ts from the Sewing and Crafting World

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A hilarious look at the home-sewing and crafting crazes of the last several decades, Threadbared is a parade of pictures of the “fabulous” clothes and “darling” decorative items that sent people rushing to their sewing machines, knitting bags, and local notions shops. These vintage photographs from instruction booklets and patterns may bring a smile to your face, but the s ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by Three Rivers Press (first published 2006)
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melydia
May 16, 2011 melydia rated it it was ok
As a longtime fan of James Lileks's Institute of Official Cheer, this sort of snarky commentary on vintage items looked right up my alley. And yes, it's decently funny, but I only chuckled aloud a handful of times. The pictures range from amusing to creepy, but it just seems to be lacking something intangible. Maybe color - several of the pages made references to the (generally godawful) colors in the photos, which of course were printed in black and white, and on a few occasions made the jokes ...more
Kerry
Mar 31, 2009 Kerry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is absolutely hilarious!! It's all about poking fun at the patterns from the 60's and 70's. I'll just give you the last line from the book:

"Laying bare the hideous history of homemade treasures, Threadbared leads crafters, wannabes, and don't-wannabes alike to ponder the age-old question: Did anyone really think this stuff looked good?"

My particular favourite is the blankets that can crawl up the stairs!
Phyllis
Jan 08, 2015 Phyllis rated it did not like it
Shelves: humor
A website turned book collection of quips designed around pictures from old crafting and sewing booklets from the 1940s to the 1970s. I buy these booklets to make collages sometimes, and the photos in them can be really, really weird, but this book is a must-read only if you think Gilligan's Island references and finding the word GAY hilarious regardless of context are cutting-edge humor.
Bookworm
Jan 04, 2013 Bookworm rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, own, loaned-out
I, too, am a fan of James Lileks, and this book is in a similar vein with his humorous culture-of-the-past books. I do think their range of humor is more limited than his, which hurts my assessment some, but I did definitely find it amusing. And some of those crafts are eye-poppingly unbelievable!
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Best.Holiday.Present.Ever! Completely cracking me up!
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Just like the website!
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