The Craft Movement Pioneers


Before the internet, cable TV, Martha Stewart, and Pinterest there was Women’s Household – a wonderful little magazine published on newsprint in the mid sixties. It featured articles on sewing, knitting, gardening, cooking and crafts. They included a column where readers exchanged recipes, searched for pen pals, fashioned purses out of plastic bleach bottles, and discussed their hobbies.


The cover story is not about Elvis devotees, but a group of ladies who fabricated handmade rugs. They sold 325 rugs in their first year – one even graced the floor in President Lyndon Johnson’s boyhood home!


When the editors weren’t busy concocting catchy article headlines, they were writing crafting tutorials on making your own hand puppets – a bit crudely illustrated, but I think it adds to the charm!

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