NORMA BENPORATH(pronounced benPORath)
1900 - 1998

Judith Connors was able to compile a comprehensive list of all the places where Norma Benporath published her patterns, with Norma's help, before Norma passed away in 1998. Judith was a long-time friend of Norma's, and became the conservater of her estate. I'm deeply grateful she shared the list with me so I could begin this page. It is a long list, and we may never complete filling in all the designs she published between 1929 and 1952. She did not publish many books, but I have a few of them, and all that I know of are listed below in the bibliography of her work. This page would not have been possible without Judith Connors' gracious help. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Norma has a huge volume of published work, and like Myrtle Hamilton's designs, most are scattered across many different periodicals. Norma did have a few collections she did for thread manufacturers that were used to help promote their threads, and unlike Myrtle, did produce one very special book, "Every Woman's Complete Guide to Tatting, Illustrated", published in 1952. This was the capstone to her design career. This was the only work she did published under her own name and not as work for hire for a periodical or thread manufacturer. This book is still under copyright, although it was mistakenly reprinted in the US by Barbara Foster, who wasn't aware that Ms. Benporath was still quite well and living in Australia at the time. Here's a link to Judith Connor's short bio: https://www.craftree.com/wiki/Benporath,+Norma

There is a sample of work and a scrapbook collection of her published articles at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences: https://collection.maas.museum/object/319288

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Bibliography Entries

SEMCO Art Needlework Instruction Book No. 4, by Norma Benporath (TPB:1920)
Notes: 32 pages; Language: English; Publisher: SEMCO, Australia; ISBN: None;
     

Tatting Designs and Instructions: The Australian Home Beautiful Tatting, Book No. 4, by Norma Benporath(pronounced benPORath) (TPB:1932)
Notes: 34 pages; Language: English; Publisher: Caulfield, Australia; ISBN: None;
      This book is a compilation of all her articles in the magazine "The Australian Home Beautiful"

New Idea Book of Tatting Designs, No. 1, by Norma Benporath (TPB:1936)
Notes: 17 pages; Language: English; Publisher: Fitchett Brothers, W. Melbourne, Australia; ISBN: None;
     

New Idea Book of Tatting Designs, No. 2, by Norma Benporath (TPB:1937) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 32 pages; Language: English; Publisher: Fitchett Brothers, W. Melbourne, Australia; ISBN: None;
     

SEMCO TATTING For Experts and Beginners, Book No. 7, by Norma Benporath (TPB:1940) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 32 pages; Language: English; Publisher: SEMCO, Black Rock, Australia; ISBN: None;
      This was kindly donated to the bibliography project. There are variations between editions, so I've included ToC of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions...

SEMCO Tatting For Beginners and Experts, Book No. 16, by Norma Benporath (TPB:1940)
Notes: 32 pages; Language: English; Publisher: SEMCO, Black Rock, Australia; ISBN: None;
     

SEMCO Tatting Instruction, Book No. 21, by Norma Benporath (TPB:1945ish) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 20 pages; Language: English; Publisher: SEMCO, Black Rock, Australia; ISBN: None;
      I'm still looking for an original edition of this...

SEMCO Advanced Tatting Designs, Book No. 50, by Norma Benporath (TPB:1945)
Notes: 16 pages; Language: English; Publisher: SEMCO, Australia; ISBN: None;
     

Every Woman's Complete Guide to Tatting Illustrated, by Norma Benporath (HC:1952) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 164 pages; Language: English; Publisher: Colorgravure Publications, Melbourne; ISBN: None;
      Barbara Foster republished this book in 1994, making it much easier(and cheaper) to find

HERITAGE PATTERNS: Tatting Designs of Norma Benporath, by Queensland Division Inc. (TPB:1995) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 16 pages; Language: English; Publisher: Queensland Div. Inc., Australian Lace Guild, Australia; ISBN: None;
     

CATALOG OF MAGAZINE ARTICLES BY NORMA BENPORATH
1929 - 1952

  • THE AGE & THE LEADER HANDBOOK OF NEEDLEWORK
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  • THE AUSTRALIAN HOME BEAUTIFUL
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  • AUSTRALIAN NEEDLEWORK
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  • AUSTRALIAN NEEDLEWORK & KNITTING
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  • EVERYLADY'S JOURNAL
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  • FASHION AND HOME
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  • MAGAZINE TITLE
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  • NEW ZEALAND NEEDLEWORK
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  • THE QUEEN, LONDON
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  • SHUTTLE ART
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  • SOUTH AUSTRALIAN HOME & GARDENS
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  • WOMAN'S WORLD
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CATALOG OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES BY NORMA BENPORATH
1929 - 1952

  • THE AGE(Australian)
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  • THE SUN NEWS-PICTORIAL(Australian)
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CATALOG OF ARTICLES BY NORMA BENPORATH IN WEEKLY ISSUES
1929 - 1952

  • THE AUSTRALASIAN
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  • THE LEADER
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  • THE NATAL MERCURY(S. Africa)
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  • THE NEW IDEA
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  • THE NEW ZEALAND FREE LANCE, WELLINGTON
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  • THE NEW ZEALAND WOMENS WEEKLY
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  • THE QUEENSLANDER
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  • TABLE TALK
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  • TASMANIAN ILLUSTRATED MAIL
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  • THE WEEKLY TIMES, AUCKLAND
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  • THE WEEKLY TIMES, MELBOURNE
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