Who knew there were over 1,000 books published about tatting. If someone had told me this just a few years ago, I would have laughed and told them to pull the other one. But it's true!!! There are more than a 1,000 books world-wide that at least had a chapter dedicated to the art of tatting, or included tatting patterns in its needleart offerings. Magazine titles each count as one(1) in the count, so in spite there being about a 1,000 patterns over the course of "Workbasket"'s run, I only count "Workbasket" once. But I also include any Coats & Clark booklet that included tatting patterns, even if it was primarily a crochet book. Subtract all of those, and we are still over 1,000. I find that mind-blowing. And of course there are more and more new books being published every year. I do my best to keep up, but my husband and I really love to eat. Sad, but true. I know, if I were really dedicated, I'd give up that silly habit.My tatting bibliography started with what I had on my shelves, with entries for things that I was aware of(there's still a lot of stuff floating around I don't know about). THIS BIBLIOGRAPHY IS NOT COMPREHENSIVE - but we're getting close! The vast majority of tatting books are self-published with small print runs of as little as a 100 or less. That means they were instantly rare upon publication. I am constantly running across small gems that I had no previous inkling existed. I've only in the last few years connected with the general community where these gems got disseminated - and there are so many talented designers scattered across many different countries(most of which aren't English speaking). My bibliography's main claim to fame(hee) are the magazine reviews - NO ONE has a database as large as I do of women's craft magazines. They may have larger collections(I have no idea), but no one has been dumb or crazy enough to sit down and catalog all the table of contents of all the issues along with a scan of the cover for reference - then turned it into HTML for the public to use as reference. I've made a habit of doing at least a couple of issues a day, so I'm not fast. But even slow as I am, the pile of cataloged stuff is becoming pretty impressive. I often pat myself on the back for this until a gaze upon all the boxes I haven't gotten to yet...It will always be a Work-in-Progress. Thanks to the hard work and generosity of Becky Clark, Carolyn Kotlas, Georgia Seitz, Anitra Stone, and the IOLI lending library, the tatting bibliography page has gone from a measly 600 reviews to over 1,000 over the course of 2015/16. Who knew there were that many tatting publications loose in the world! I expand the bibliography as I have time to hunt down information on other titles. Want to be my friend for life? Send me information on titles I don't have all the details for. Any information I don't have to hunt for is time I can spend getting more information entered into the bibliography! Books are organized by author/designer, NOT by title, then by copyright date for each designer(so that you can track the history of that designer's published work). If a book or magazine entry has a button, it means I own it or at least have access to it and have put up a page for it with the usual scan of the cover, table of contents, and brief review. I don't typically put up reviews of books I don't have access to, because then I can't answer questions about them. It's a quick way to tell whether I can answer further questions on a given book. The most important part of the bibliography is the magazine section - there is no other accessible database of this nature out there! Magazine reviews are collected at the bottom of this page in alphabetical order by title, with catalogs of the issues I have below the review. I still have several runs of magazines to add to this section, but they can take many months to do one title. "Workbasket" and "Old Time Crochet" have the most tatting patterns of all the magazines I own. I'm a less able tatter than I am a soft toy designer/maker, so keep this in mind when reading my reviews - Always take them with a healthy dose of skepticism. What bugs me may be no concern at all to you. What I wax enthusiastic about you may look at and think "Meh". I consider myself a very well practiced beginner! I will try and relate what the instructions look like(whether there are good diagrams or photos of the projects,instructions are readable, etc.), if I've tatted patterns out of the book, whether there are lessons or if it's straight patterns - you get the drift. The Table of Contents(ToC) are provided with each review so you can see what sorts of patterns are in that book. I have over 1,300 reviews up on this page now! I will continue to add more as I have time and acquire new books and magazines. Any designers who wish links put up to their websites may feel free to send me the links and I'll add them to the bibliography to help fellow tatters. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. WHY I AM A CRITIC IMPORTANT REMINDER This is a free biblio information service, NOT a free pattern clipping service. I try to provide enough information so you can decide whether to pursue a legal copy of your own. I don't mind people making their own bibliographies and wishlists from my lists(in fact, I sorta expect them to) - but I greatly mind people helping themselves to any part of my reviews without citing their source!!! I've started finding chunks of my reviews in listings on e-bay with depressing regularity - which would be flattering if they told people who they were quoting. My magazine catalogues seem especially appealing to pirates. Please, if you are going to excerpt my pages, tell people where you got the information. It costs you exactly nothing to do so, and it keeps you inside the lines of copyright law. I do not own the articles and patterns(except the copy I have that allows for private use), but I DO own the catalog of them that took so much time and expense to put together and make accessible to you. Respect my efforts and don't strip the copyright notice. Give the website address when you use information from my website. Read my FAQ if you aren't clear on what you can use for your own purposes. If that doesn't clear up your questions, feel free to contact me and ask. I am quite reasonable and happy to help when I can.I respect copyright laws, But if it is an impossibly rare or orphaned article that you need access to, read my FAQ. I make specific exceptions. You'll notice that not all the books listed are tatting books - some are crochet, bobbin lace and knitting. Some designers published books in several disciplines. I've included mention of their other (nontatting) books for the sake of completeness where I could. It can be instructive to know what other disciplines a particular designer pursued. I review all the Coats & Clark, American Thread Company and several designers(Cordet, Farnes, Fitch, LaCroix, Snow, Valeire) from the late 1910's/1920's whose booklets I've come across as much to warn treasure hunters which ones don't have tatting patterns in them as opposed to the ones that do(they often added a token tatting pattern to many of their crochet books). I've moved all the booklets(even the ones with tatting patterns in them) to their own pages with a link in this list. I thought about splitting them up, but decided to keep it simple. Those people who have no interest in these lines of books won't have to scroll endlessly to get past them, and those who do can easily open the pop-up page to take a look and close it again without disturbing the main bib page. I find the older books fascinating, and hope to have accumulated enough of them at some point I can start putting together some meta-data on the cycle of popularity tatting has gone through over the last two centuries. I've started creating pages for designers whose published work was either mainly in magazines instead of books(Norma Benporath, Myrtle Hamilton, Selma and Ed Morin) so that I can compile lists of their articles for the interested, or that have published so many books they really needed their own page. I've also started creating pages for specific types of patterns, starting with Pineapple tatting, and Monogram sets.HAPPY TATTING!
AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY I've moved these booklets to their own page so that you don't have to scroll so much to get past them. Not all of them have tatting patterns in them, and most have a mix of different disciplines(knitting, crochet, tatting). With the considerable help of Becky Clark, we've pieced together a list of nearly all the booklets they published! So if you were ever curious, you can now take a look in one simple click of your mouse. I'd been piecing this list together for over a decade, and Becky filled in all the blanks in just a few days. Hers is definitely the superior Keyboard Fu! In order to bring up the pop-up page, just click: AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY
ANNIE'S ATTIC I've moved all the Annies Attic books that weren't published under a single designer's name to their own page. Annie's Attic does publish tatting books, and in the 1990's into the early 2000's, pushed Cro-tatting in order to satisfy their much larger crocheting audience with the look of tatting but using the tool they were more comfortable with. In order to bring up the pop-up page, just click: ANNIES
ARDERN'S CROCHET COTTON came from the Hazel Grove Mills in England. They put out a line of crochet, knitting and tatting leaflets to help promote their threads. The one picture of their threads I was able to find looked like a pearl cotton. I've managed to snag a couple of their tatting leaflets, and have begun a page for this thread mill. In order to bring up the pop-up page, just click: ARDERN'S CROCHET COTTON 2b1af7f3a8