Several months ago I stumbled across a set of books titled The Family Creative Workshop published in 1976 by Plenary Publications International, Incorporated out of New York, NY.
The series of 23 books covers a very eclectic range of topics from making your own vinegar to building a canoe, very creative stuff for your family. The cover art of the books comes straight from The Brady Bunch which honestly I find comforting because not only did I grow up during the 70’s but also because I really love books.
The internet is great but a book is better by a mile, there is nothing better than picking up say a volume from an encyclopedia and spending hours browsing page after page.
My set of The Family Creative Workshop is missing volumes #5, #7, #20 and #21. I’m really curious as to what treasures those four books contained.
1. Acrylics to Batik
2. Beach Combing to Bottle Gardens
3. Boxes to Card Tricks
4. Carryalls to Confections
6. Embroidery to Gingerbread
8. Hooked rugs to Lace
9. Lamps and Shades to Maps and Pathfinding
10. Marmalades and Preserves to Mosaics
11. Music Making to Papier Mache
12. Parades and Festivals to Piñatas
13. Pin Striping to Puzzles
14. Quilting to Rope Knotting
15. Rose Maling to Scrimshaw
16. Sculpture to Silhouettes
17. Silversmithing to Sprang
18. Square Dancing to Sugar Shapes
19. Sundials to Tatting
22. Vinegars to Winter Sculpture
23. Wire Assembly to Zoetrope Toys
Now I ask with all seriousness where else would you find a collection of books covering such a diverse range of topics. The Family Creative Workshop is a true treasure from the 70’s.