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Josefina's Craft Book: A Look at Crafts from the Past with Projects You Can Make Today (American Girls Pastimes) Paperback – September, 1998


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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Series: American Girls Pastimes
  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Pleasant Company Publications (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156247670X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562476700
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Robert on June 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
Is your daughter wandering the aisles of the craft store with you, looking for her next weekend craft project? If your daughter is also a Josefina fan or is interested in New Mexico history, this is the book for her! There are fifteen crafts for a variety of abilities and interest levels, and all of them can turn into something a girl would be proud to have made. Crafts are divided into different sections: "Around the Rancho", "Spanish and Mexican Traditions", "Indian Traditions", "A Stitch in Time", and "Frontier Fun". The Straw Broom, Glass-Bead Necklace, clay Coil Pot, and Cornhusk dolls are quick crafts. Crafts like the Stamped Leather Bookmark require special tools. Making a Colcha embroidered Place Mat or a Hen Pincushion take some previously learned skills. But projects like making a Fringed Shawl or Sash could turn out well enough to show off to friends! Whichever craft you choose, the directions are well written and have a materials list and clear pictures for each step. The format and the pictures are so well done, that girls will eagerly want to browse through it to find their next craft project.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Rogers on January 22, 2014
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My daughter and I have made 4 shawls so far! They made wonderful Christmas gifts. But it did require my help, I am not sure if she could have finished it on her own.
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During the 1820’s life on a New Mexico ranchero was busy from dawn to dusk. Girls like Josefina helped their mothers and grandmother with all the sewing, cooking, gardening and weaving. The young girls had to be creative and use their sewing skills to make games and beautiful things to wear. You can learn about Josefina and what it was like for her as she grew up, and when you learn about the crafts she made long ago it will help history come alive for you. In Spanish, “j” is pronounced like “h”, so be sure to pronounce her name “ho-she-FEE-nah”.

Since this is a craft book it starts out with twelve craft tips to make it a safe and successful experience. Be sure to work with an adult. Even though this book is for 10 year olds and most 10 year olds can read well it is important to follow the directions. If you can’t find all the materials you need at a craft store try to think of items you have around the house that will work for the projects. One of the first projects she creates is a small wooden box that looks inlaid as she has seen the craftsmen do. She paints a box black and then pastes or appliqués on bits of golden grass and dried cornhusks.

Lots of good crafts to try!
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By Jill Pacheco on November 20, 2013
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Our club is finding this book very helpful in learning about the time period and how to reuse many items
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