INTRoduction

I've heard it said that a carpenter with a hammer sees nails everywhere. I say a crafter with imagination sees handcrafts everywhere. I know I do.

I see sparkling bracelets in a scattering of beads, keepsake journals in sheets of handmade paper, and jointed dolls in a lump of clay.

An ever-present part of my childhood, handcrafts were playthings. They were part of my home education. I was encouraged from an early age to express my ideas freely, and I took readily to arts and crafts materials, which were supplied in abundance....

Illustration of clover bracelet by Christina Haskin.

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