Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dennison Crafts

The next booklet is "The New Book of Dennison Crafts" unsure of copyright date (40's?).   It is collection of stuff you can make from crepe paper!  The most interesting projects are wearables:
A crocheted paper hat.

A flouncy collar bow.  I can not believe that this thing would be comfortable.  

My favorite idea is crepe paper toy critter making.

To make most everything in this booklet a tool called a Dennison Crepe Paper Twister is needed, as seen below (not mine, just an image I found):

These Twisters can still be found on ebay. 
I have never considered wearing a paper hat out on the town unless I was doing it for a laugh. I don't think I could bring myself to putting that much energy into this hat beforehand with all the paper twisting and then crocheting it.  I would have to be having one really bad hair year.  But with it only costing 15 cents to make, it certainly was cheap.  I can see it would be something that would intrigue crafters as a challenge, turning paper into a yarn and then making a fairly classy hat that certainly does not look like it is made out of paper streamers.  That's some serious bragging rights.

There are a few other projects in the booklet a bit more far fetched...such as directions to make paper curtains with decorative paper tie backs and tassels!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just bought a vintage Dennison crepe paper twister (made out of wood no less), on Ebay, and I'm looking forward to making cords with it. Making an entire hat would be a little beyond my abilities, I think!