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12-17: Crafts


Crafts, AKA Drawing and Decorative Arts, are located in the 740s. The section includes items on drawing and cartooning techniques, instruction on fiber arts such as weaving, crocheting, and knitting, along with books on all sorts of crafty endeavors such as beading, flower arranging, and origami. Your collection may look completely different from someone else's depending on what sort of crafts your community is into. And that's OK! But to keep your collection in top condition and up to date with the latest crafts, the CREW guidelines suggest that items be reviewed which meet X/3/MUSTIE. The publication date does not matter in this area. Items should be considered for removal if they have not circulated in 3 or more years and, of course, if they are MUSTIE. Keep your eyes and ears open for new and resurging crafts as they do tend to come and go in trends. I thought it was interesting that CREW recommends removing items on macrame which is actually coming back into fashion these days. Scrapbooking, which was very popular 10 years ago, has mostly disappeared as a hobby.

To search for items in this section using the PAC, try typing in 'drawing', 'crafts', 'handicrafts', or any number of individual hobbies, such as those mentioned above. But, actually, the easiest method for producing a comprehensive list for this diverse area is by using Simply Reports. In Report output columns, some criteria you may wish to use to create a useful list are Item Call Number, Item Lifetime Circ Count, Item Last Check in Date, Item Circ Status, MARC Title, MARC Author, and MARC Pub Year. Then in Item general filters, limit the Collection to Adult Non-Fiction and Material type to Hardcover and Trade Paperback. Under Item call number filters, check the box next to Classification number and fill in the boxes for the range 741 to 746.9999. Scroll back to the top of the page and click Submit.

All of the titles below are simply suggestions. Because of the diversity in handcrafts and communities, something may go out like gangbusters in one library while sitting quietly collecting dust in another. The point is to get in there, see what gets checked out, what needs updating, and what kinds of creative crafty people live in your community!

Suggestions for Weeding

  • You can paint pastels : a step-by-step guide for absolute beginners by Marie Blake, 2000 (0823059901)
  • 20th century drawings by Una Johnson, 1964 (cn 68174)
  • Adventure heroes : legendary characters from Odysseus to James Bond by Jeff Rovin, 1994 (0816028818)
  • American decorative arts : 360 years of creative design by Robert Charles Bishop, 1982 (0810906929)
  • 50 nifty beaded cards by Chris Rankin, 2008 (9781600591464)
  • 52 toys & puzzles for the weekend woodworker by John Nelson, 1994 (0806906448)
  • 601 great scrapbook ideas, 2007 (9781599630175)

*Any older versions of collectible and antique guides that are superseded by newer versions or do not circulate.

Suggestions for Purchase

  • 100 little Christmas gifts to make, 2016 (9781782214045)
  • 200 tips for jewelry making : tips, techniques, & trade secrets by Xuella Arnold, 2013 (9781770852037)
  • 75 Chinese, Celtic, and ornamental knots : a directory of knots and knotting techniques-plus exquisite jewelry projects to make and wear by Laura Williams, 2011 (9780312675318)
  • Architecture : super-quick techniques for amazing drawings by Liz Steel, 2016 (9781770857575)
  • Artist's drawing techniques, 2017 (9781465461742)
  • Beading : learn it, love it┬áby Jean Power, 2016 (9781438007588)
  • Crafting with nature : grow or gather your own supplies for simple handmade crafts, gifts & recipes by Amy Renea, 2016 (9781624141980)
  • Dare to sketch : a guide to drawing and sketching on the go by Felix Scheinberger, 2017 (9780399579554)
  • Crochet : the complete step-by-step guide : essential techniques, more than 80 crochet patterns, 2014 (9781465415912)
  • Knit yourself calm by Lynne Rowe, 2017 (9781782214939)
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