Household Crafts and Tips (Foxfire Americana Library)

Household Crafts and Tips (Foxfire Americana Library)

Foxfire Fund Inc.

Language: English

Pages: 31

ISBN: 2:00217645

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A collection of how-tos celebrating the domestic arts of Appalachia, "Household Crafts and Tips" includes traditional advice on soapmaking and quilting, as well as in-depth instructions for making baskets, hampers, cornhusk brooms, and hanging gourds for purple martins.

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permission of Random House, Inc. “Purple Martin Gourds,” “Dipper Gourds,” “Brooms and Brushes,” and “Cornshuck Mops, Dolls, and Hats” all originally appeared in Foxfire 3, © 1975 by The Foxfire Fund, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Random House, Inc. eISBN: 978-0-307-94831-1 v3.1 Table of Contents Cover Title Page Copyright A Note About The Foxfire Americana Library Series Soapmaking A Quilt is Something Human Making a Hamper Out of White Oak Splits Making a Basket Out of White

wood, lean his chair back, and read th’Bible to us. I wuz th’oldest. Then he’d get his songbook and they’d set there and sing. We enjoyed it. We knowed t’behave. I think that has a lot t’do with our young people. Young people get into mischief, but you’ll think about what daddy and mommy said. I was married eighty-six years. I didn’t have no children, but I’ve always had children around me. I always tried t’give th’boys good advice. I got after a boy one day. I’uz a’settin’ here, and he cussed.

work was done around each piece in the quilt. Fancy or plain, however, the fact remains that quilts seem to us symbolic of some of our finer human qualities. Perhaps this revival of interest is a hopeful sign for us all. MAKING A HAMPER OUT OF WHITE OAK SPLITS Sitting on her front porch hammering away at the heavy white oak ribs, Beulah Perry looked as if she had been making baskets for a long time. Actually she had never made one before, but after years of watching her father, she knew

“store-bought” Red Devil Lye. The captions are actual portions of the tape recording made there. ILLUSTRATION 1 “You put two pints and a’half a’water and one can lye—Red Devil Lye—in your pot. You got to stir it til this dissolves good; then you got t’add th’grease to it. Then after you add th’grease, you got t’stir it for twenty minutes. “Lye’s dissolved now. Grease, this is th’grease. You just have water and grease and th’lye. This is breakfast bacon grease. You can have anything. I had a

keep the vine up on the fence. You know how they took to my clothesline up here—they’ll just go from one to another, and they’ll get around. [The gourds] just tie themselves to a fence or anything they can climb. Wherever the vine touches, it attaches itself. Then it goes a little further and ties itself again. You’ll have to break them loose, because they’ve done tied themselves—the wind won’t blow’em down. Sometimes a vine will blight, but not bad enough to hurt. I’ve never had any insects

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