There was a time not so long ago when craft magazines (although there were not that many) covered a wide range of crafts, articles on the history of various crafts and on crafters.
Then came the rise of cardmaking (please don't get me wrong I like making cards) and favourite magazines such as PRACTICAL CRAFTS and POPULAR CRAFTS disappeared. I still have some old copies of these titles. PAPERCRAFTING boomed and all other crafts appeared to fall by the wayside (jewellery, knitting and crochet have been sneaking back in). I have purchased and enjoyed many of vast number of magazines about Cardmaking, Scrapbooking and Papercraft even though I kinda started to make cards by accident. Some years ago I promised to send someone something through the post every day. My life was not so exciting that I had enough stuff to write a letter every day so I made cards. My early efforts were not very good but years of practise and advice given in the many, many cardmaking magazines Had made quite a lot of improvement to my skill levels.
But now it is really really nice to see a revival of all manner of wonderful crafts and with them the return of POPULAR CRAFTS http://www.popularcrafts.com/( possibly better than it was before) as well as new publications - SIMPLY HOMEMADEhttp://www.practicalpublishing.co.uk/simplyhomemade/ and CRAFTS SELLER http://www.cardmakingandpapercraft.com/magazine/craftseller. All of them taking us out of a cardmaking rut (although I love the way that many of the skills learnt can be used on so many different projects) and back to a wonderful diversity of crafts and ideas. So much to inspire us