UPDATE ARCHIVE for 2015
November 11th, 2015:
The Tatting Bibliography reviews have reached the 900 mark! This is due to the generosity of Carolyn Kotlas, who opened her library to me and provided many general needlecraft compendiums with a tatting chapter included, as well as my first chance to see Judith Connors' first book, and the one Sumi Fujishige I had never seen. I'm still looking for copies to buy for the collection - but at least we know what they look like now, and what we can expect to find in them! We have had so many wonderful additions this year, and completed magazine and newsletter runs I never thought I would. I have a great deal to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. You have my warmest blessings for your holiday seasons, and may they carry you happy and healthy into the new year.
October 30th, 2015:
I've completed "The Family Creative Workshop" catalog. This set of craft books from 1976 really grabbed me. It was published right in the middle of the creative explosion in fiber arts and consequently covers a lot of fascinating ground that people have largely forgotten already. If you're looking for some inspiration, tracking down this set could light the fire you're looking for.
September 5th, 2015:
Many of my friends are at Palmetto Tat Days this weekend. Anitra will be bringing back the latest crop of books, and from the talented Karey Solomon herself, the rest of the back issues of "Tatting Times Newsletter" so I may finish cataloging the run!
August 9th, 2015:
I've finished the review page and cataloging Teri Dusenbury's "TATbits Newsletter" . I'm very excited to add this bit to the big picture! THANK YOU for this amazing donation to the Bibliography Project! I have a bit of a craft crush for Teri Dusenbury's genius, so this was a true treasure for me.
July 18th, 2015:
I've finished updating Karey Solomon's "Tatting Times Newsletter" review page. A very generous friend has donated her issues to the Bib Project, along with a lovely stack of Teri Dusenbury's newsletter! I am deeply humbled by the gift, and hope I have done a worthy job of cataloging them for posterity!
July 10th, 2015:
We are now at over 800 reviews on the tatting bib page!!! I haven't counted them up yet, but I believe we may be over 1,000 entries - that's over 1,000 books and magazine titles that cover the subject of tatting!!! If someone had told me there were that many books on tatting in the world I'd have laughed and asked the person if I could have some too...
June 12th, 2015:
I didn't think it possible, but the tatting bib reviews count has passed the soft toy bib reviews count. That doesn't mean there are more tatting books than there are soft toys books. It means I've put more money and energy into putting together the tatting books - and it was my earliest collection of craft books, no matter the humble size.
May 19th, 2015:
Eeeeeh! I'm so excited! I love antique books and magazines, and it has annoyed me for years that I've been unable to acquire even a single Mdslle Riego book. The one time I came across one, I was outbid at an appalling amount of money(Whoever won it, please forgive me). I have one(1) reproduction from Iva Rose Publications - who does an excellent job and has an impressive catalog of available reproductions - but I like holding history in my own(cotton glove-covered) hands. I have one really cool English antique that was contemporaneous with Mdslle Riego... and I found a small hardcover book that predates the Riego's by six(6) years!!! Becky of the amazing keyboard fu was able to track down several references to it after we had the title and publisher, but I've never seen it mentioned anywhere until this copy was discovered at an estate sale. Becky has graciously given permission for me to add her research to the review page: "Embroidery On Muslin, Lacework, and Tatting" by An American Lady
May 6th, 2015:
The Tatting Bibliography now has over 700 REVIEWS!!! If someone had announced to me a decade ago there were so many tatting books in print, I'd have laughed and suggested they needed to stay out of the sun and not skip their meds. I'm grateful to IOLI(International Organization of Lace, Inc) and their lending library, and Anitra Stone, who has also been providing books from her personal collection for review and cataloging. Aaaand I still don't have the "Modern Priscilla" 's done. I've had so many books to add that I haven't had a chance to get back to the task of cataloging magazines! I will hopefully be able to get back to them shortly. I have, however, added more issues to the "Lace Crafts Quarterly" catalog. I don't know when that run ended, so I don't know how many issues I'm still short. I am at the very least missing one issue- the Spring 1990 when they changed the title to "Lace & Crafts". Can anyone enlighten me?
Mar. 28th, 2015:
I've got reviews and a partial catalog up of two of the self-published tatting newsletters: 1) Mary McCarthy's "Knots!" Newsletter and 2) Karey Solomon's "Tatting Times Newsletter" . Loved them both - and for different reasons. Mary was so helpful, and sent me what indexes she could dig up - that was several computers ago, so she put some real time and effort into helping out.(Thank you, Mary!)
Mar. 14th, 2015:
KERSTI and Becky of http://www.Craftree.com/ fame have been exchanging information with me to help complete both our bibliographies(Thank you, Kersti and Becky!). I've added about 50 new entries to the tatting bib page! And you'll be seeing my reviews in the Craftree library! That means more books to look for review copies(false sigh). Maybe Anitra has them? Anitra Stone has also been providing a steady stream from her personal library - so "Modern Priscilla" still isn't done. Sorry about that, but I want to get Anitra's books back to her as quickly as possible.
Mar. 2nd, 2015:
Anitra Stone has very generously given me access to her massive tatting library! I can fill in quite a few blanks for books I've never been fortunate enough to run across myself. This is a really big deal to me. These books are irreplaceable or I'd have them already! Reviews on books from her library will be marked as such. I will continue to look for copies of my own of those books, but at least the bib info about them will be available to everyone right now! Thank You Thank You Thank You, Anitra! You ROCK!
Feb. 16TH, 2015:
The sale at the shop went well, but I was exhausted - so I spent the week fiddling with format in the tatting bibliography and moving sets of books to their own pop-up pages. All of the tatting material is still accessible from that page - you just won't have to scroll past endless numbers of "Coats & Clark", "American Thread Company", etc. to get to other books. I've moved all sets to their own pages that seemed reasonable, and a few authors with large numbers of publishing credits to their name like Mdlle Riego, and Karey Solomon. I can't believe I've actually reached 600 reviews on the tatting bibliography too. Three Cheers for Obsessive Compulsion! Now it's back to my beloved "Modern Priscilla"...
Feb. 4TH, 2015:
I've reached the 600 review milestone in the tatting bibliography!!! I'm really happy and excited. I've also been working steadily on the "Modern Priscilla" magazines and have gotten up to 1921 in my run. I'll be taking a break this week to help Rick get ready for his pre-St. Valentine's Day sale at Foundation's Edge in Raleigh(his comic shop). If you live in the area, feel free to stop in and introduce yourself. We're a friendly crowd. I also want to give a personal THANK YOU!!! to Anitra Stone for taking the time to go through her pattern book collection to pull bib details for me for the tatting page. I knew there was a lot of stuff I had no clue about, and she has been proving it with the list she sent me of just half-size booklets I'm missing. STILL a work in progress...
Jan. 4TH, 2015:
I've finally got the batch file uploading sorted out on the new computer, so I can get all the work I've done that's been piling up added to the bibliographies! I've also discovered that what works in test on my computer doesn't necessarily work once I've got it uploaded, so bear with me as I go through all the bibs and review pages I've uploaded to find and fix any problems. There are now well over 1,000 pages, so it's going to take me a while. It's mostly scans of covers that aren't showing up. If you come across a link that isn't working, please do let me know so I can get it fixed asap. I'll post a notice when I believe I've got all the other problems fixed. After that, if you see anything else - missing pictures, info errors, etc., you'd be doing me a great service by notifying me.
Jan. 1st, 2015:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! You have my warmest wishes for all your creative endeavors. I am still working on the "Modern Priscilla" run. The more I get done, the more I really wish I had them all! It's a marvelous magazine, with a plethora of articles on a wide variety of vintage needlecrafts. I'm also excited about getting a complete run of "Bead & Button" up to June of this year!!! I am still working on getting a handle on the new computer and upgraded software. I have a ton of stuff that I need to get uploaded - 100s of files are piling up that I've done work on. My server host has excellent tech support, so hopefully if I can just spend a large enough block of time at the computer, they can get me straightened out.