1960s

Fun and easy ornament making with this beautiful starch and salt dough! -- My Workbasket
Craft Projects Kids Crafts

Salt and Starch Clay Ornaments- Fun Clay Ornaments for Kids

A 1965 issue of Ladies Home Journal featured this fun salt and starch clay in their special Christmas issue. I was determined to make it, because why not really, and we now have some finished ornaments to show you and share the recipe! The recipe is pretty easy but does take one special ingredient. Don’t […]

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Three different colors of the 1967 Beanie. A free hat knitting pattern! -- My Workbasket
Craft Projects Free Patterns

The Ribbed Beanie- A 1967 Redo

The 1967 Knit Beret did NOT work up like the picture showed but the finished result is beautiful and the pattern is here for free.  Since I wanted a ribbed hat I did the obvious thing and designed my own! This pattern is a little harder than the beret but still uses only basic stitches. Both […]

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The 1967 Beret, a great hat, with a simple knitting stitch. FREE pattern!-- My Workbasket
Other Posts Not about Crafts

The 1967 Knit Beret

In the September 1967 issue, one pattern I started immediately was this beret. Just one problem. At first, I overlooked the original stitch pattern and looked up an alternative. Turns out the stitch pattern IS there, but it isn’t actually right! The stitch pattern listed makes a beautiful stitch that I just adore, BUT it […]

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Craft Projects Free Patterns

Free Placemat Pattern- And it’s Not Broomstick Lace!

When I first saw this pattern in the 1967 February magazine I thought it was broomstick lace, which I’ve always loved but can’t remember ever trying. Spoiler alert- It’s NOT broomstick lace! It’s actually a very easy knit lace pattern that mimics broomstick. It’s called the Estonian Shell stitch, and it’s actually very beginner friendly! […]

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A hot pad made from the vintage Palm Loom tool
Craft Chatter Craft Projects Old Ads

The Palm Loom – Prize-Winning Rugs

I love an old ad. And this 1967 issue had a great one! Palm Loom, “Make Prize-Winning Rugs.” It was right there in the February issue, tucked between 40 yards of lace for $1, and a “Female-Dri” belt. So, I tracked down the Palm Loom on ebay, and after some browsing, watching, rebrowsing, rewatching, and […]

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Craft Projects

I’ve Been Hooking- Rug Hooking

I promised to try rug hooking this month and I did! The February 1967 issue featured an article on rug hooking purses, and the sample was cute! I’ve wanted to try rug hooking for several months and already had a frame, and then recently got some tools in an ebay lot. The lot contained a […]

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Gingerbread Pancakes from a Vintage Recipe
Recipes

Kid Approved Gingerbread Pancakes

One feature in many Workbasket issues with “With The Cooks,” which has a variety of recipes on a similar theme. This February 1967 issue the theme was pancakes! I know to some people pancakes are a weekend food, but not to us. We’re as likely to have pancakes on a random Tuesday as on a […]

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Craft Projects Old Ads

Snack Hound

When I saw the ad on the back of the January 1967 issue I became infatuated with the Snack Hound. The National Handcraft Society,  aka The Fad of the Month Club, was a long running craft club that has lots of advertisements in the Workbasket over the years. What I found interesting is that there […]

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Craft Tips

Easy Non-Slip Grip

One thing I hear lots of people say about homemade slippers is that they are too slippy. I personally love to slide around on my laminate floors, but if you have little kids or prefer to act like a grown up, maybe you’d like to make slippers nonslip.  I’ve heard people using chaulk and a […]

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