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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Crocheting and Tatting

"Crocheting Tatting". That's the exact quote I used in Public Domain Explorer tonight, even though I can't crochet at all, and I don't have a clue what tatting is.

It just came to me to search for it since someone on a book publishing list mentioned tatting as a micro niche, and I thought, I wonder what the heck tatting is, and whether there are public domain books on the subject.

And then I noticed that one of the most popular Wordpress.com blogs is entitled "What Not To Crochet." And thats what the blog posts are about too, so I thought I'd throw crochet into the mix just for fun, since I was pretty sure the two were somewhat related.

I still don't have an answer to question one, but I found no shortage of books for my search terms in the public domain. There's a huge list even before the 1923-1949 section. Here's everything $25 and under on the list:

Title
Author
Year (Pre 1923)
Price

Mary Fitch #15 - Latest Yokes, Collars and Cuffs Sets in Filet Crochet & Tatting
Mary Fitch
1919
$6.95
Anna Valeire #7 - Dainty Yokes Made From Medallions
Anna Valerie
1912
$7.95
ABC #2 - Book of Crocheted Edges and Corners
ABC - Asmus Bradley Company
1912
$7.95
Mary Fitch #4 - Crocheted Yokes and Tatting
Mary Fitch
1915
$7.95
Mary Fitch #8 - Crocheted and Tatted Yokes and Collars
Mary Fitch
1917
$7.95
Anna Valerie #1 - Crochet & Tatting Craft: Edgings, Medallions & Insertions
Anna Valerie
1912
$7.95
ABC #1 - Book of Crocheted Edges and Corners
ABC - Asmus Bradley Company
1912
$7.95
ABC #4 - Book of Crocheted Edges and Corners
ABC - Asmus Bradley Company
1912
$7.95
Anna Valerie #2 - Tatting Craft: A Real Sampler of Over 100 Designs
Anna Valerie
1912
$7.95
ABC #3 - Book of Crocheted Edges and Corners
ABC - Asmus Bradley Company
1912
$7.95
Anna Valeire #6 - Finished Yokes of Beauty
Anna Valerie
1912
$7.95
Anna Valeire #4 - My Trousseau, Crochet for Lingerie and Linens
Anna Valerie
1912
$7.95
Home Needlework Magazine: April 1914

1914
$8.00
Richardson's Complete Crochet Book #2
Richardson's Silk Company
1916
$8.95
STAR YOKE BOOK BOOK NUMBER 1
American Thread
1921
$15.00
Royal Society Tatting and Crochet Lessons #5
Royal Society
1915
$15.95
Corticelli Lessons in Crochet #13
Nonotuck Silk Company
1920
$16.95
Priscilla Yoke Book - Tatting & Crochet
Priscilla Publishing Co.
1916
$16.95
Priscilla Tatting Book #2
Julia E. Sanders
1915
$16.95
Priscilla Tatting Book #1
Jesse M. De Witt
1909
$16.95
Young Ladies' Journal Complete Guide to the Work Table
E. Harrison
1895
$24.95
PLAIN AND FANCY NEEDLEWORK A MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO NEEDLEWORK, DRESSMAKING, MILLINERY, DECORATION AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD INTERESTS SEPTEMBER 1917

1917
$25.00
How to Use Florence Knitting Silk
Nonotuck Silk Co.
1885
$25.00
PLAIN AND FANCY NEEDLEWORK A MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO NEEDLEWORK, DRESSMAKING, MILLINERY, DECORATION AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD INTERESTS JULY 1917

1917
$25.00

I know it's an excruciatingly long list, but since I don't know anything at all about the subject, I'm not up to making a fool of myself by offering commentary on the available titles. After all, you don't want to hear that "Finished Yokes of Beauty" doesn't actually sound appealing. Nor does wearing crocheted lingerie. But what the heck... enjoy!


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Posted by Public Domain Explorer at 7:26 AM
Edited on: Friday, December 02, 2005 4:02 AM
Categories: Topic Research

Monday, November 07, 2005

The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker Part 3, Candles

Pickings are slim, it seems, for books about candle making.

The only book I could find that might fit the bill is The Candle Book; How to Make Decorate, Decorate With and Sell Candles by Laklan, Carli

In Google Print, I found An Outline of the Sciences of Heat and Electricity, which looks like it might have some relevant material.

At Project Gutenberg, an interesting series of lectures by Michael Faraday called The Chemical History of a Candle should also provide some good material.

Not too much to go on, so I thought I'd check the Library of Congress to see if there are many books that might eventually come available on candlemaking. And, as it turns out, there are not. It seems that there were very, very few books in English written about the subject prior to 1970.

A more likely place to find information on the subject, then, would be in books about homemaking and home economics from those earlier years.


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Posted by Public Domain Explorer at 1:42 PM
Categories: Topic Research