ANNE ORR

Anne Champe Orr(b.1875-d.1946) was a very popular designer in the 1920's, '30's and '40's, and has been kept in continuous publication since the 1970's. For tatting, she is credited with having invented the split ring, which is so instrumental to modern design now. It was Mary Sue Kuhn who popularized it, however, with "The Joy of Split Ring Tatting", and showed us why we should all have been paying better attention.

The books Anne Orr wrote for J&P Coats and American Thread Company are not numbered contiguously with the books Anne Orr Studios published. There are also numerous reprints of her books done by House of White Birches and Dover Publications. I am separating the series out by publisher, then adding the reprints I'm aware of at the bottom, so you'll get the American Thread Co. series first, then the Coats & Clark books, then Anne Orr Studios, then the reprints. This page is still a work in progress. If you have more information to add, please use my contact page to get in touch.

Ms. Orr also published in the magazines Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping and Southern Woman's Magazine. I do not have a list of the articles or issues as of this date(March 2017). I got the magazine names from an article Georgia Seitz wrote concerning one of my heroes, Myrtle Hamilton: http://georgiaseitz.com/2005/myrtle.html.

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AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY
Bibliography Entries


I don't know if this is all of them...

Star Book of Crochet Designs, Book No. 1, by Anne Orr (TPB:1935) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: American Thread Co., NY; ISBN: None;
No Tatting patterns in this one...

Star Book of Tatting Designs, Book No. 2, by Anne Orr (TPB:1935) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: American Thread Co., NY; ISBN: None;
This has been reprinted by Dover Publications as Tatting With Anne Orr(1989)

Star Book of Crochet: Edgings, Insertions and Medallions, Book No. 3, by Anne Orr (TPB:1935) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: American Thread Co., NY; ISBN: None;
No Tatting patterns in this one...

Star Book of Knitted and Crocheted Bedspreads, Book No. 4, by Anne Orr (TPB:1936) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: American Thread Co., NY; ISBN: None;

Star Book of Table Settings, Book No. 5, by Anne Orr (TPB:1937) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: American Thread Co., NY; ISBN: None;
Only one(1) tatting pattern in this one...

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COATS & CLARK
Bibliography Entries

J&P Coats' Crochet Book of Gown Yokes and Boudoir Caps, Book No. 1, by Anne Orr (TPB:1916) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 31 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;

J&P Coats' Crochet Book No. 2, by Anne Orr (TPB:1917) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 31 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;

J&P Coats' Yokes and Gifts Crochet Book No. 3, by Anne Orr (TPB:1919) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;

J&P Coats Filet Crochet, Book No. 4, by Anne Orr (TPB:1920) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;

J&P Coats Edgings, Insertions and Medallions, Book No. 5, by Anne Orr (TPB:1920) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Inc., Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;

Little Tots' Articles, Book No. 6, by Anne Orr (TPB:1920) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;

Sweaters, Yokes and Boudoir Caps, Book No. 7, by Anne Orr (TPB:1920)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;

Embroidery and Hot Iron Patterns, Book No. 8, by Anne Orr (TPB:1921) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;
My copy of this issue is missing some of the transfers stapled into the middle of the book...

Cross-stitch and Crochet, Book No. 9, by Anne Orr (TPB:1921) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;

Sewing Book for Children's Clothes, Book No. 10, by Anne Orr (TPB:1921)
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;

Embroidery, Monograms, Initials and Handkerchiefs, Book No. 11, by Anne Orr (TPB:1922) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;

General Embroidery With Hot Iron Patterns, Book No. 12, by Anne Orr (TPB:1922) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;
This book should have transfer sheets included with it, but they are not part of the page numbering. My current copy is missing those sheets...

Crochet, Cross-stitch and Tatting, Book No. 14, by Anne Orr (TPB:1923) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;
This is the earliest book I have of Ms. Orr's where she gives instruction for the split ring - only she calls it "reverse stitch"...

Centerpieces and Edgings, Book No. 16, by Anne Orr (TPB:1923) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;

Household Decorations in Embroidery and Crochet, Book No. 17, by Anne Orr (TPB:1924) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;

Popular Edgings, 125 Choice Patterns, Crochet Book No. 18, by Anne Orr (TPB:1924) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 25 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: J&P Coats, Pawtucket, RI; ISBN: None;
I have the revised edition of this book. The first edition may have been 35 pages...

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ANNE ORR STUDIOS
Bibliography Entries

Cross-stitch Designs, in black and white, Set A(book 1), by Anne Orr (TPB:1914)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Cross-stitch Designs, in Color, Set B(book 2), by Anne Orr (TPB:1915)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Cross-stitch Designs, in color, Set C(book 3), by Anne Orr (TPB:1915)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Cross-stitch Designs, in Alphabets and Monograms, Set D(book 4), by Anne Orr (TPB:1915)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

A Book of Centerpieces and Lunch Sets, Book No. 5, by Anne Orr (TPB:1915)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Gown Yokes and Alphabets in Crochet Work(book 6), by Anne Orr (TPB:1915) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 22 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Children's Caps and Designs for the Nursery in Crochet Work, Book No. 7, by Anne Orr (TPB:1916)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Filet Crochet Designs and Their Appropriate Uses, Book No. 8, by Anne Orr (TPB:1916)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Edgings, Insertions, Corners and Medallions, Book No. 9, by Anne Orr (TPB:1917) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Gown Yoke Book No. 2(book 10), by Anne Orr (TPB:191?)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Knitted & Crocheted Bed Spreads, Book No. 11, by Anne Orr (TPB:1915,1948revised) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Center Pieces and Luncheon Sets, Book No. 12, by Anne Orr (TPB:1915) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 25 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Tatting: Book No. 13, by Anne Orr (TPB:192?) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 14 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;
This has been reprinted by Dover Publications as Tatting With Anne Orr(1989)

Filet Crochet, Second Book, with Cross-stitch Designs, Book No. 14, by Anne Orr (TPB:192?)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Yokes and Sweaters, Book No. 15, by Anne Orr (TPB:192?)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Lingerie and Gifts, Book No. 16, by Anne Orr (TPB:1919) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Filet Crochet, Book No. 17, by Anne Orr (TPB:1919) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 31 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Centerpieces and Luncheon Sets, Book No. 18, by Anne Orr (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Sweaters and Lingerie, Book No. 20, by Anne Orr (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Transfers, Embroidery, Patchwork and Alphabets and Monograms, Book No. 22, by Anne Orr (TPB:1920s?)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Transfers for Handkerchiefs, Book No. 23, by Anne Orr (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Miscellaneous Needlework, Book No. 24, by Anne Orr (TPB:1923)
Notes: 32 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Transfers for Cutwork, Book No. 25, by Anne Orr (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Transfer Designs for Nursery, Book No. 26, by Anne Orr (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Transfers for Handkerchiefs, Book No. 27, by Anne Orr (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Transfers for Cross-stitch, Book No. 28, by Anne Orr (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

New Crochet Designs, Book No. 32, by Anne Orr (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Crochet Designs, Book No. 33, by Anne Orr (TPB:1935) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 31 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Crochet Designs, Book No. 34, by Anne Orr (TPB:1935) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 31 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Tatting: Book No. 35, by Anne Orr (TPB:1935) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 31 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;
The original 1935 edition has a centerpiece and three doilies reprinted courtesy of The American Thread Company's "Star Book of Tatting Designs No. 2". There is a full-page ad advertised as an article in the June 1940 issue of "Good Housekeeping"

Crochet Edgings and Medallions, Book No. 36, by Anne Orr (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Decorative Bedspreads- Knitting, Book No. 37, by Anne Orr (TPB:1941) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 31 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

New Afghans For Summer and Winter, Book No. 38, by Anne Orr (TPB:1937) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 31 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;
Patterns are for cross-stitching and crocheting, with one knit afghan...

Needlepoint(19 Full Color Illustrations), Book No. 39, by Anne Orr (TPB:1938) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Laces For Every Use, Book No. 40, by Anne Orr (TPB:1939) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 31 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;
This book is entirely crochet...

Crochet Designs(Revised), Book No. 41, by Anne Orr (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Crochet Designs- Doilies, Spreads, Chair Seats, Book No. 42, by Anne Orr (TPB:1942) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Tatting: Book No. 43, by Anne Orr (TPB:1942) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Knitting- Spreads, Doilies Edgings, Book No. 44, by Anne Orr (TPB:1942) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;
No tatting patterns in this one...My current copy is badly damaged and needs to be replaced.

Crochet Designs, Book No. 45, by Anne Orr (TPB:1942) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;
No tatting patterns in this one...

Alphabets(for Cross-stitch and Crochet), Book No. 46, by Anne Orr (TPB:1942?)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Needlepoint- Full Color, Book No. 47, by Anne Orr (TPB:1940s?)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Tatting: Book No. 48, by Anne Orr (TPB:1950) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

Cross-stitch(Full Color), Book No. 49, by Anne Orr (TPB:1950) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Anne Orr Studios, Nashville, TN; ISBN: None;

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DOVER PUBLICATIONS REPRINTS

Crochet Designs of Anne Orr, by Anne Orr (TPB:1978)
Notes: 48 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Dover Publications Inc., NY; ISBN: 0486236218;

Anne Orr's Charted Designs(filet crochet and embroidery), by Anne Orr (TPB:1978) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 40 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Dover Publications Inc., NY; ISBN: 0486237044;
these patterns are all reprints drawn from a great many different books, but mostly the books she created for J&P Coats

Favorite Charted Designs by Anne Orr(filet crochet and embroidery), by Anne Orr (TPB:1983) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 33 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Dover Publications Inc., NY; ISBN: 0486244849;
these patterns are all reprints drawn from a great many different books, but mostly the books she created for J&P Coats

Full-Color Charted Designs by Anne Orr(embroidery), by Anne Orr (TPB:1984) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 32 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Dover Publications Inc., NY; ISBN: 0486247325;
these patterns were charted from handpainted original designs owned by Anne Orr's granddaughter

Classic Tatting Patterns, by Anne Orr (TPB:1985) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 31 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Dover Publications Inc., NY; ISBN: 0486248976;
this is a reprint of Tatting: Book No. 35

Anne Orr's Filet Crochet Designs, by Anne Champe Orr (TPB:1986)
Notes: 48 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Dover Publications Inc., NY; ISBN: 0486251039;

Anne Orr's Afghans to Crochet and Knit, by Anne Champe Orr (TPB:1987)
Notes: 48 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Dover Publications Inc., NY; ISBN: 0486254402;

Crocheting With Anne Orr, by Anne Orr (TPB:1988)
Notes: 32 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Dover Publications Inc., NY; ISBN: 0486256723;

Tatting With Anne Orr(Abridged), by Anne Orr (TPB:1989,2017) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 32 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Dover Publications Inc., NY; ISBN: 048625982X;
This is an altered and abridged republication of Tatting, Book No. 13, published by Anne Orr Studios, and the Star Book of Tatting Designs, Book No. 2, published by the American Thread Company in 1935. Things have been rearranged, some supplemental text has been removed, and "The photograph of and instructions for one item, and two additional photographs, have been omitted from the Star Book of Tatting Designs"

Quilting With Anne Orr, by Anne Champe Orr (TPB:1991)
Notes: 32 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Dover Publications Inc., NY; ISBN: 0486263258;

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HOUSE OF WHITE BIRCHES REPRINTS

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