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MISSION STATEMENT: Provide the bibliography details and information necessary so that researchers and crafters can pursue excellence, as well as historical context, for their craft.


I began this project in 2003, when I went hunting for information on a doll crafting magazine("The Cloth Doll") at the Library of Congress' website. I was trying to figure out when it ceased publication so that I would know when I had a complete run. I was shocked to discover that not only does the Library of Congress not archive a copy of all periodicals, it isn't even aware of most craft magazines. I felt betrayed! When I queried, I was informed that "they don't concern themselves with women's hobbies." I admit it shocked me. Every English teacher I'd ever had informed me the Library of Congress collected everything ever put in print in the United States. I'd always envisioned an army of unpaid interns and an underground bunker full of metal desks each armed with a scanner, a microfiche reader(and then later a computer) and sharp-eyed Librarians passing among the desks to ensure their interns from the local colleges weren't sneaking in a game of pong on government time. The Library of Congress was my mecca for all our recorded history - ALL our recorded history. Of course, I exploded. Luckily my husband was nearby to contain the explosion just to our household. I still think it was a great idea to catch a train up to Washington to give them a piece of my mind in person. After all, an e-mail could have been deleted. The Betrayal!!! But my husband's more even temper prevailed. So I went searching elsewhere for bibliographies of various craft magazines - and came up with nada. Even Wikipedia is largely silent on the subject. (I have since discovered that the magazines "THREADS" and "PIECEWORK" keep searchable databases of all their issues(kudos to these awesome periodicals!!!) and that there are some women out there as dedicated to the dead publication "WORKBASKET" as I am - but there was no collective database of all of them as I'd hoped to find.)

I had also been discovering there were a great many magazines and newsletters out there that I'd never heard of, that had all sorts of wonderful information packed into their pages. Magazines for me are a source of patterns and recipes and inspiration for my own projects. I may not have made those leg warmers from "Workbasket" yet - but I know I will eventually - and it gives me a great deal of pleasure to know I can easily look up which issue and be able to go straight to the right box it's archived in.

Magazines both reflected and helped form our culture for nearly two centuries. They still have their effect - but the internet has been slowly leeching this power away, just as tv did to radio. One thing the internet cannot take away from old periodicals, however, is their permanence - which seems like a funny thing to say about a form of media that has always been considered as disposable as newspapers! Websites come and go like mayflies - the information they impart can be gone tomorrow without explanation. But I have magazines dating as far back as 1864! They will still be there when I die and this website is gone. My collection will go to a textile museum along with the database, so that it will continue to enlighten and inform on these small arenas of textile arts long after I am gone.

Between the books on Soft Sculpture I'd been finding and periodicals like "National Doll World" and "The Cloth Doll" I began to get a hazy picture of this huge renaissance in soft sculpture art that got started in the 60's and peaked in the '80's that I'd completely missed! I grew up in exactly this time period, sewing hundreds of (Barbie)doll outfits, making furniture for doll houses for my sister and cousins, making cornhusk dolls, applehead dolls, whittling articulated dolls, and designing stuffed animals that I could make out of my mother's scrap bag. I was completely unaware that there was this great movement going on at the same time. I was a rural kid, always too busy to be bored, but pretty insulated from the larger crafting community. My only contact was through books, which could be checked out for a week from the book mobile that came in from Grand Junction from the public library there. Did I mention that I was a (very) rural kid?

Which brings me to this long-winded point: 1) I felt that someone should be collecting, organizing(! - very important, that part) and archiving the documentation for this wonderful time period, 2) that most of it was quickly ending up in landfills as the generation before mine starts dying, and their heirs look at the amassed mountains of paper in the forms of patterns and magazines and catalogs(because we ALL buy and hoard more patterns and materials than we could ever use in ten lifetimes), and decide a shovel and industrial trashbin on the lawn is their best option for getting through the stressful mess, and 3) that the person who recognizes the problem is typically the person who should do something about it. So here I am. I have no formal training as a librarian or curator, and my research training was all geared toward lab work. I had to teach myself HTML and Javascript in order to build this website, so while it doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles(though I'm proud of my slideshow on this page!), I can make any needed changes myself - and of course, continue adding information! I'm not wealthy - not even well off. My husband owns a comic shop. Comic shops don't make money - they make back-issue comics. But we are happy, and I've learned so much working on this project. Of course it has been worthwhile, and it has only barely begun. There is still so much more to accomplish! The website will get "prettier" as I get more of the important stuff done. That likely won't be until 2025.

I started with the soft toy, doll and teddy bibliography page, and it sort of swallowed my undivided attention for the first eight years of this project. You'll see why when you get down to the magazine reviews. There is a catalog of all the soft toy books I am aware of, and reviews of those books in the catalog I happen to own(only about six hundred - don't laugh, to my husband and me, that is a paltry number!), and what has turned out to be the black hole for time consumption - the magazine bibliographies. I have since put serious time into putting together the tatting bibliography - hopefully, it shows with over 1,100 reviews! I also have the beginnings of bibliographies for candle making(because I owned a custom candle shop), polymer clay, and chainmail knitting. I have other bibliography pages in mind - I have a very wide ranging interest in crafts - but those are the five I've started with.

I delayed putting the website on-line until I had a certain checklist of things done, which included completed bib pages for key magazine titles - but I kept adding things to the list! I finally realized I would never get the bibliography up if I continued to wait until I had the list all checked off. So keep in mind that this bibliography project is a Work-In-Progress, and that I only have about 30 hours a week that I can devote to building it. I have a full-time job, and help my husband out at his shop on the weekends - and I craft. I'm currently doing a LOT of tatting for a cloak for next Fall. That has turned into needing to learn how to dye variagated thread, designing a pine cone pattern I will be satisfied with, and trying to find just the right weight of olive-colored wool...

I've put thousands of hours into the soft toy magazine bib and still have a great many titles to add. General craft/needlework magazines that carried doll and toy patterns are included here, so if you're hunting for other information you may well find it here. Ideally, I would like to catalog everything considered a women's magazine, and all hobby magazines. I'll never accomplish that goal, but it will be interesting trying. Donations of magazines are greatly appreciated - the older the better. I try to have at least three quarters of a run before I start building a full catalog page for any given magazine title, and I have a great many partial runs that I'm still working on filling in. Even so, I have a backlog of material that needs to be data entered that will take about seven years to catch up on at the rate I'm working! And every time I start getting smug about having a pretty complete picture of what's been published, I run across yet another title or well established designer I was completely unaware of.

I will post updates on what has been completed in the column to the right of this introduction, so you can check back periodically and see if there's anything new you are interested in.

Please read the FAQ if you have a minute - at least skim the questions in bold to see if any are questions you might have yourself. Yes, it's dry and unentertaining, but there's a good reason why it's called "Frequently Asked Questions!"

Feel free to drop me a note with any questions, suggestions or complaints. If you find errors, PLEASE let me know. I try very hard to be as accurate as possible, but I have no one checking behind me, and if there's a broken link or misspelled word, there's no one to blame but me. Taking a minute to send me a note is always appreciated! And of course, I love creative compliments. :)


FEBRUARY 1st, 2020:

The Quilting Bibliography is up and running.

I'm still working on the scanning and cropping and converting of the covers and tatting articles for NEEDLECRAFT. I about have the scanning done for the first decade(yay?), and have a friend who's also a collector naively agree to scan partial pages from her own collection to fix those pages in my own collection that are too damaged to read well. So I'll be getting out "Photoshop for Dummies" again to figure out how to cut and paste pages together. (and thank you, Martha - everyone is going to owe you big time for this. I hope appreciative tatters will buy you dinner occasionally to show that appreciation!)

If you need to contact me, use "akamoraih[at]gmail[dot]com" and you know to replace the "[at]" and "[dot]" with the appropriate symbols, right? Spammers look for those symbols when trolling for addresses to try - hence the dumb encryption. There's a mailing address on the contact page now, if you need to mail me stuff, and if you're having trouble figuring out the incryption, I'm fairly active now on www.Craftree.com under the name Moraih. I enthusiastically encourage people to check it out!

JANUARY 15th, 2020:

The Quilting Bibliography is up and limping.

I'm still working on the scanning and cropping and converting of the covers and tatting articles for NEEDLECRAFT. I about have the scanning done for the first decade(yay?), and have a friend who's also a collector naively agree to scan partial pages from her own collection to fix those pages in my own collection that are too damaged to read well. So I'll be getting out "Photoshop for Dummies" again to figure out how to cut and paste pages together. (and thank you, Martha - everyone is going to owe you big time for this. I hope appreciative tatters will buy you dinner occasionally to show that appreciation!)

If you need to contact me, use "akamoraih[at]gmail[dot]com" and you know to replace the "[at]" and "[dot]" with the appropriate symbols, right? Spammers look for those symbols when trolling for addresses to try - hence the dumb encryption. There's a mailing address on the contact page now, if you need to mail me stuff, and if you're having trouble figuring out the incryption, I'm fairly active now on www.Craftree.com under the name Moraih. I enthusiastically encourage people to check it out!

OCTOBER 09th, 2019:

I've started serious work to get the Quilting Bibliography up and running. I'm not doing a quilting bibliography because I don't think there are plenty of resources for quilters - it's one of the most popular crafts out there - but because my mother, an avid quilter, has passed away this year, leaving me so many quilts and tops I haven't had time or strength to count them all. I'll be putting up a slideshow of her work along with the bib page in order to commemorate a lifetime of work and her achievements as an artist, because I believe all quilters are artists. Just the logistics of photographing all of her quilts and tops is going to be a serious achievement on my part. Her very first quilt was made for me, with matching curtains and dust ruffle for the bed, when I was five years old. She let me pick out the fabric - and I chose this really bright yellow and orange cotton that can damage adult retinas if stared at too long. I still have the complete set, tucked away in my cedar trunk, and as loved today as it was when I was five. Mom left me her quilting library, which consisted of about 400 books and 2,000+ magazines. I had no idea how many magazines she had. They were in two storage units she had rented in Kansas(I brought her to live with me in North Carolina) and we never got the money put together to move them from Kansas. I had her pickup truck and drove to Kansas for the funeral, picking up my brother on the way. He, my younger sister, and I went through those storage units in three days, completely filling two large industrial waste bins, hauling truckload after truckload to the local thrift shops, and getting the aid of my mom's quilt guild PRAIRIE QUILT GUILD , who gamely came with multiple pick-up trucks(multiple times) to haul away all the fabric to the Mennonite Central Committee in North Newton. They do awesome charity work all over the world, and will use my mom's jaw-dropping stash of fabric as she'd wish it to be used. I naively thought I could get everything into a pick-up truck that needed to go back with me to NC. We were debating how to get the magazines back with me when the sky decided to open up and pour water down on everything we'd pulled out of the units. The magazine boxes were 2x2x2 foot cubes that the Egyptians would have been proud to have for one of their pyramids, were heavy clay content magazines considered a suitable building material, and we were all exhausted, hurting, and overheated(it was August) by that point. Needless to say, I lost all but three of the magazine boxes, and that makes me tear up every time I think about it. I know it's not about the magazines. I'm crying because I lost my mom, but it's a trigger for all those awful feelings of grief and loss and it paralyzes me from doing anything for a while. There is still so much to get done... Anyway, I'm working on it. I'm nearly to the end of the "B's".

I'm still working on the scanning and cropping and converting of the covers and tatting articles for NEEDLECRAFT. I about have the scanning done for the first decade(yay?), and have a friend who's also a collector naively agree to scan partial pages from her own collection to fix those pages in my own collection that are too damaged to read well. So I'll be getting out "Photoshop for Dummies" again to figure out how to cut and paste pages together. (and thank you, Martha - everyone is going to owe you big time for this. I hope appreciative tatters will buy you dinner occasionally to show that appreciation!)

SEPTEMBER 09th, 2019:

I'm so excited to get the Quilling(paper filigree) Bibliography up and running. This particular discipline really appeals to me because of the lacy effect that the curled paper strips give. This particular discipline dates back several centuries - I saw a wall candle sconce that dated back to 1725. I have only found about 200 books on the subject so far - and have been able to review only the small double handful that I actually own a copy of. I'm sure there are many many more, but like the majority of craft disciplines, print runs for individual books will have been very small and poorly distributed. I ran across this problem with tatting books, and know it to be a serious problem for the bobbin lacers and leathercrafters as well. Quilters, knitters and crocheters have it a bit easier, but even they have grails to be sought in vain. I will continue to add information to the quilling page(and finally try this out for myself!)

The issues I have of NEEDLECRAFT(1909 - 1941) have been catalogued, and I am in the process of scanning the covers and tatting articles. PDFs of the tatting articles will be imbedded in the catalog so that they may be downloaded at will. This lovely magazine is no longer under copyright. I work on this for a couple hours every day - but it's a slow slog. The magazines are oversize, the paper is usually pretty tanned, and quite a few of my issues are not in great shape, so there's a lot more work to be done to get the pdfs up to a useful quality. It doesn't help that the paper is also fragile, and I'm trying hard not to do any harm as I support the portion of the magazine that doesn't fit on the scanning bed, press down on the book that is helping to remove the fold across the center from how they were mailed back then, and pressing buttons to start the scanning process. It's going to take me some time, so be patient...

I've been organizing my mother's quilt books and have begun cataloging and reviewing them. I hope to have the quilter's bibliography page up by January!

JULY 09th, 2019:

The brand new Leather Working Bibliography is now up and running - sort of. I have no books reviewed on this page yet. I have the catalogs started for The Leather Craftsman and Make It With Leather, and I've started a catalog for The Leather Crafters and Saddlers Journal(of which I have only a small handful so far). I will fill out more of this bib page as I come across more materials.

The TIME LIFE BOOKS PAGE has just been updated.

And I've finally started work on "Needlecraft: Home Arts" run of women's magazines that ran from 1909 to 1941! These older magazines were done in very small crowded type face that are hard for me to read, so it's going to be a very long hard slog. I don't have any issues before 1912, but I keep looking. I've already cataloged what I have of "Priscilla" from the same time period, and am still working on piecing together runs of "American Needlewoman," "Hearth & Home," and "Star Needlework Journal," among others. "Needlecraft" in particular supported tatting very well, as you'll soon see. Something I'm going to be adding to the antique magazines are pdfs of patterns embedded in the catalog since they are long fallen out of copyright. This means it's going to take even longer than usual to get the catalog done, so bear with me, please.

JULY 03rd, 2019:

The brand new ELIZABETH HIDDLESON page is now up and running. If you don't know who I'm talking about, and are a crocheter, then this page is a must see. I believe we have the most complete catalog of Mrs. Hiddleson's work, along with a brief biography provided by Jennie Gaskin and Becky Clark. Jennie also still has a large stock of the books and single patterns of Mrs. Hiddleson's for sale! Jennie can be reached through her website at: http://www.countryyarns.com and she has a blog at: http://countryyarnscrochet.wordpress.com/. I was able to fill in the holes in my own collection without a problem, and for a very reasonable price. She made it her business to keep these books available by buying up all the stock from Mrs. Hiddleson's granddaughter(several tons of material!) when Shirley decided to retire. If you have an interest in Mrs Hiddleson's work, I'd take advantage while I could.

MAY 31st, 2019:

The brand new CROCHET BIBLIOGRAPHY PAGE is now up and running. You no longer have to pick through all the entries on the Tatting Bibliography page to find what I have cataloged for crochet. I hope to have the Elizabeth Hiddleson page up on the new crochet bib soon. HUZZAH!!!

I also have the catalog up for Make It With Leather. I'm missing a handful of issues from this periodical.

MAY 24th, 2019:

I've just finished cataloging the run of The Leather Craftsman I'm missing all issues after Sept. 1968, but at least was able to cover the first decade. I'll fill in more as I find them, and will work on cataloging "Make It With Leather" next. I'm trying to get the bib stubs started for several other crafts - Quilling, Leather Work, Crochet, Knitting, and Costuming. I have extensive skill in the costuming department, basic skills in the leatherworking, and an abiding interest in the other three. Have some patience - it takes a huge amount of work and time compiling and coding the entries of the main bib pages, and the only one of the new five categories that I have a solid library for is the Costuming.

APRIL 15th, 2019:

My buddy Zendelle won a handful of BAMBINI, a small doll magazine that I've been searching in vain for issues of since I first started this quest. She won them in a raffle, and sent them to me! (Thank you!) .

MARCH 18th, 2019:

I've filled in more of Burda's ANNA, but still have a long ways to go. I believe they stopped publication in 2016. They appear to hold their value really well(for good reason) and not only have yearly articles on tatting, but also have tutorials and patterns for bobbin lacers as well! I will continue to fill in as I can find issues within by budget's striking range, but this one will likely be a slow slog. A shame, since I think it is one of the more more brilliant mixed discipline periodicals ever put out...

JANUARY 19th, 2019:

I've been asked to help get the word out on the tatting classes being offered this year at the IOLI Convention in Spokane, Washington(July 21-27, 2019). I'm happy to help! If you are a lace maker of any stripe - including crochet or knitting - you should check out IOLI. Their lending library alone is well worth the price of admission. Here's the information for tatting at this year's convention:

Tatting teachers are: Mimi Dillman, Karen Bovard Sayre and Natalie Rogers

International Organization of Lace, Inc., (IOLI) Convention

July 21-27, 2019

Spokane, Washington

(click on the black box in the upper right corner marked “Convention Info” )

Here are the classes:

Mimi Dillman will teach:
A502 De-Mystifying Cluny Tatting— Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Mimi Dillman) Mimi will show you how to make leaf tallies, called “clunies” in most tatting circles, on your hand with tips and tricks for leaf shaping and uniformity. While she makes them on her hand, Mimi will also introduce looms while you practice making the class projects. Shuttle and needle tatters welcome.

P602 Elements of Beanile Lace—Intermediate to Advanced Tatters but new to Beanile (Mimi Dillman) BEANILE Lace, invented by Nina Libin, is a unique lace beading technique using the structure of tatting to support the openwork. Most commonly made with metallic thread, the worker places beads on both the working and core threads, resulting in a lace made almost completely of beads.

While BEANILE is primarily a shuttle tatter’s technique, needle tatters can make the same pieces too with some extra patience and by choosing beads large enough to fit over the needle. Projects will be usable jewelry pieces ranging from single shuttle to others requiring 2 shuttles to make. We will explore common bead placements and joining methods while learning to read BEANILE pattern notation.

Karen Bovard Sayre will teach:
A513 Modern Tatting for Modern Tatters—Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Karen Bovard Sayre) Four Days of classes equals four different classes. Day 1: Karen’s Keltic Tatting features a different, simple way to create dimensional “Celtic Tatting” featuring two ways to capture/encapsulate chains within rings. Day 2: Three-Dimensional Split Ring Boxes will allow you to create a true tatted box in one round. Info will be given as to how to manipulate the basic design principle to create boxes of different sizes and dimensions. A two-color box will challenge the more advanced tatter. Day 3: Mignonnette/Granny Square Pouch features the basics of Mignonette Tatting to create squares and the triangular-shaped pouch flap, Split Ring Technique to join the squares together to form a pouch, and the use of a needle instead of one of the shuttles for the Split Ring round to facilitate joining. Day 4: Greek Key Split Ring Tatting. Create Greek Key designs utilizing split ring tatting in one of two ways to use two colors in a piece. This class is a fun way to combine colors in tatting.

P613 A Bounty of Tatted Delights—Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Karen Bovard Sayre) In keeping with the spirit of how our host state, Washington, is number one in the country in the production of many fruits and vegetables, this class is devoted to reproducing some of these wonders in tatted lace form. First we will create a Cornucopia utilizing two techniques (Interlocking Rings and Interlocking Chains) that will produce a visual textural effect that mimics a basket or horn-of-plenty.

Since Washington produces more apples than any other state in the union, we will create a “Spokane Beauty” apple using Split Ring Tatting Technique and introducing various ways to add-in/subtract-out areas of color to effectively “paint with thread.” (Fact: Washington is number one in the country in the production of apples, pears, red raspberries, spearmint oil, and sweet cherries.) Because our host lace group is the Walla Walla Lacy Lacers, we will also create the famous “Walla Walla Sweet Onion” in tatted form. We will create a tatted “hop,” as well as tatted grapes out of respect for the fact that over 77% of the U.S.’s hops for beer are grown in Washington’s Yakima Valley and Washington is the nation’s No. 2 premium grape-growing for wine production region. Any one up for a wine and beer tasting outing? Karen has some “acquired” expertise in the beer-tasting/appreciation arena.

W707 Teneriffe/Sol Lace—Beginner (Karen Bovard Sayre) In this class we will learn the basics of Teneriffe/Sol Lace, specifically the “how tos” of the technique. The class project features a more intricate center motif with simpler satellite motifs—all the basics of the technique. Instruction will be given in how to attach the sols together. We will be using plastic canvas forms as our “looms” to quickly create the lace. You will be introduced to different ways to manipulate the technique of Teneriffe/Sol Lace to use other forms of looms and how to create custom looks that will allow you to construct unique shapes and sizes of Sol Lace, including edgings. Nanduti Lace, the cousin of Teneriffe Lace, will be discussed, pointing out distinguishing characteristics, as well as how it is constructed.

Natalie Rogers will teach:
W712 Garden Blossoms—Mixed (Beginner to Advanced) (Natalie Rogers) Tat a lovely selection of blossoms from your garden. Patti Duff’s Sunflower will allow you to explore the beading techniques of raised beads and surface beads to create sunflower seeds. Creating the thistle will teach you a Turkish tatting technique that fills in rings with lengths of bare thread. I will provide a loom to help with this process. The rose’s stem will allow you to play around with encapsulation and the vapour stitch.

JANUARY 15th, 2019:

We've waved goodbye to 2018 and plunged into 2019. I have several exciting big projects to accomplish this year. My buddy and finder extraordinaire, Becky, was able to contact the family of Myrtle Hamilton and get permission to scan and make available to everyone her huge catalog of patterns and articles on tatting! I've long been a firm fan of Mrs. Hamilton's work. This is a huge coupe for the tatting community and one I greatly look forward to completing.



(In Alphabetical Order, not in order of contributions)-

These are the wonderful people who have gone way above and beyond the call to provide obscure materials, solid advice and indispensible expertise. Thank you, one and all.

Karen Cabrera- Has joined the ranks of highly skilled agents contributing her knowledge and savvy to the Bibliography Project. Her facility with Spanish and impressive research skills have made her the obvious choice as Head Agent of the Spanish division. Her knowledge and insights have added substantial value to the BP. She provides excellent tatting tutorials and an entertaining blog at: http://entrelanzaderas.blogspot.com/

Becky Clark- has introduced me to the wonders of Excel in 2015 - and shared her Excel spreadsheets of the bibliographies(mine, Georgia's and IOLI's) with me as well as sharing her own research into what had been published in the way of tatting in Norway, Denmark and Sweden!!! She is a lot more conversant with WorldCat and those particular languages than I am, and dug out a tremendous amount of information I would have remained ignorant of. She is smart, knowledgeable and funny, and I am so glad to have gotten to know her. She's done an amazing job of entering books and links into Craftree's library, and has done a lot of badly needed proofreading for me. Becky is AWESOME!

Kristy Effinger- Colette Wolff's biggest fan and a fellow collector of all her patterns - Kristy has been a huge contributor to the CW bib page - it would look very thin without her contributions!

Jennie Gaskin- Jennie has been very generous with her time and knowledge of the amazing crochet designer Elizabeth Hiddleson. She was instrumental in making the page as informative and complete as it is. She also still has a large stock of the books and single patterns for sale! Jennie can be reached through her website at: http://www.countryyarns.com and she has a blog at: http://countryyarnscrochet.wordpress.com/.

Phyllis C. Keller(In Memoriam, Oct 12, 1918 - Jan. 7, 2011)- Doll Making and collecting were her hobbies and passion for 40 years. Her loving husband Bob donated most of a decade of "Doll Castle News" and "Dolls" to the bibliography in her memory, enabling me to put both titles on the list of bib pages I can set up! In memory of this lovely lady and her generous husband, you have my heartfelt thank you.

Carolyn Kotlas- I think of her as a renaissance woman - superb at anything she puts her mind to. She was finally convinced to submit some of her work for competition at the state fair this year(2015), and came home with a stack of blue and red ribbons - Not surprising at all for those of us who know her. She opened her tatting library to me so that I could expand the tatting bibliography - and her generosity has taken the review count to over 900! Carolyn made that possible. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Barrett and Susie Lagerquist- started sending me quilting books and magazines in 2019, while I was getting through the first round of my mom's big library and I'd started ordering books to fill in some holes mom had. They didn't just send me the books I ordered, but other stuff as well that they thought would be useful. It's 2020 now - and they're still sending me little gems! They clearly love books as much as I do, and have an extensive collection. I'm deeply grateful for their willingness to share it with everyone.

Marian Lynn(In Memoriam)- Her loving daughter, Linda, passed on her mother's collection of "The Toy Trader" spanning from January 1954 to March 1972 to the bibliography. Linda's words about her mother- "My mother was kind and generous. She started her first doll collection when she traveled through Europe with my Dad, and upon her return gave the collection to her friend’s daughter who was starting to collect dolls. Later she started collecting dolls again. She taught (us) her children to share and that good deeds are a reward in themselves. She would be happy to know that her collection of The Toy Trader Publication went to someone who will appreciate them." Linda is also a fellow tatter along with being an accomplished knitter and crocheter. Thank you for your generosity, and for allowing me to help keep memories of your mother's many kindnesses alive in thought and memory. It is an honor to acknowledge her living legacy - the family she clearly cherished. Best wishes to you and yours, Leigh

Anitra Stone- Has been a mentor and friend for several years now - shoulda added her name to this list a long time ago for all the information she has hunted down for me and funneled my way. I'm so deeply grateful. I remember I was very excited to meet her for the first time. I already knew her for years, you see, from the eye-catching Captain's Wheel tatting pattern she published in my beloved "Workbasket"! She is a very talented designer we hope to encourage to put out her own books. Anyone who has seen her array of birds can attest. Her help with the tatting bibliography has been substantial and long running. Her friendship and patience have been deeply appreciated. Thank you.

Ruth Wilson- Librarian extraordinaire and another fellow Colette Wolff fan - also clued me in and introduced me to Joan Chiara Cigler's amazing work, gives advice freely on this arcane business of documenting and archiving vintage materials, and has helped complete several runs of important doll magazine titles from her private collection. Lovely lady, you Rock!

Hope Wright- Yet another goddess of tatting information disguised as a Librarian Without Portfolio who out of the blue contacted me with so much information it's going to take me a while to add it all! I've started with her complete list of all the tatting references found in the pages of the famous Godey's Lady's Book of the 19th century.

Zendelle- Donated an obscure run of "Milady In Miniature" out of the blue after seeing my website during the first time I was able to put it up - the only issues I've ever been able to locate of this title. Zendelle is a veteran doll collector and very knowledgeable in this field. She's had to take her original website down, but she has a blogspot: https://vintagedollcollector.blogspot.com/ and has some educational videos up on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSc1GqCu4B83wGMpSM3OVCw

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