Needlecraft Series

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This page documents series of books that are probably clearable.

Copyright status of individual books, where known, are shown as

  • (c): Copyright Notice
  • (not c): No copyright Notice
  • (date; registration number): Copyright registration found; footnote shows location in LOC Catalog.

AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY: STAR BOOKS

No Star Books were renewed (and therefore, copyrighted books up to 1963 are clearable.)

Some later Star Books are undated. Books up to 1989 are clearable. Note that the ATC headquarters was in New York City until 1985, so any undated book showing the New York City address is clearable.

This list is incomplete in several dimensions. Any additional information--titles, dates, copyright status--is welcome.

Another list can be found at [somethingunderthebed]

STAR BOOKS THROUGH 1950

  • 1922
    • ??. Star Book of insertions and edgings (7Mar22; A675529--Rule 1)
  • Undated
    • 3. Star Book of Crochet Edgings
    • 4. Star book of Knitted and Crocheted Bedspreads
    • 10. The Variety Book of Crochet
    • 11. Star Book Bedspreads and Tablecloths
    • 13. (see 1942?)
    • 15. Star Book of Crocheted, Knitted, Tatted
  • 1941
    • 17. Star Afghan Book (6Oct41; AA190489)[6]
  • 1942
    • 13. Star book of 100 edgings (18Jan42; AA390470)[6] (should be 18?)[6]
  • Undated
    • 20 Babies are such fun to dress
    • 21. Star Variety Show of Knitted and Crocheted Models
    • 22. Star Book of Doilies
  • 1944
    • 28. Star Tablecloth Book (1Feb44; AA447889)[3]
    • 29. Bride's Book of home sewing (1Feb44; AA447887)[3]
    • 30. Tatted & crocheted designs (1Feb44; AA447888)[3]
  • Undated
    • 31. Star Gift Book
    • 32. Star Pot Holders
    • 34. Star Bedspreads
    • 38. Basic Sweaters
    • 39. Toys
    • 43. Baby Book
    • 46. Chair Backs (not C) PROJECT CREATED
    • 47. Slippers
    • 51. Rugs
    • 52. Afghans
  • 1948
  • 1949
    • 63. New Rugs for every room (15Jul49; AA125903)[5]
    • 64. Flower doilies and a new pansy doily (15Jul49; AA125904)[5] project created
    • 65. Flower Edgings (15Sep49; AA134380)[5] PROJECT CREATED
    • 66. Crochet and tatting. Heirloom edition (15Sep49; AA134381)[5] PROJECT CREATED
    • 67. For Your Baby (15Nov49; AA136093)[5]
    • 68. Spreads that are Different (c) PROJECT CREATED
  • Undated
    • 69. Pocket Potholders
    • 70. Hot Plate Mats
  • 1950
    • 71. Doily Bouquet (c) PROJECT CREATED
  • undated
    • 74 Fair and Bazaar Suggestions
  • 1950
    • 76. Beginner’s Manual of Crochet. (15Dec50, AA172319)[2] PROJECT CREATED
    • 77? Beginner’s Manual of Knitting. (15Dec50, AA172321)[2]
    • 78. Television and Radio Scarfs. (25Nov50, AA183104)[2] PROJECT CREATED

STAR BOOKS #80 (1951) THROUGH #150 (UNDATED)

  • 1951
    • Hats, Bags, Beanies, Slippers, Gloves. (15Mar51; AA183104)[2]
    • 80. Crochet Gay and Fifty Ideas (30Apr51; AA185764)[2]
    • 81. Edgings (1Jun51; AA194043)[7]
    • 82 Beautiful Beautiful Afghans (3Aug51; AA195959)[7]
    • 83 Crochet for Christmas (15Jul51; AA195960)[7]
    • 84 Dolls and Dolls (8Aug51; AA195961)[7]
    • 85. ABC of embroidery stitches (15Sep51; AA195962)[7]
    • 86 Stoles and Shawls (c) (1Dec51;AA203080)[8]
    • 87. Doilies Doilies Doilies (1Dec51; AA204721)[8]
    • 88. Star Baby Book #: Wardrobe Tricks from 1 to 6 (2Jan52;AA210984)[8]
  • 1952
    • 89 Gallery of Crochet and Knitting (8Jan52;AA204720)[8]
    • 90. The Big Top in Crochet (1Apr52; AA210985)[8]
    • 92. Sweater of Nylon or Wool
    • 93. Crocheted Rugs
    • 94. Crochet for Christmas
    • 97. Handbags and Hats
  • 1953
    • 98. Suggestions for Fairs and Bazaars (c)
    • 99. Nylon (1Jun53 A94901)[1]
    • 101. Pot Holders. (1Aug53 A137216)[1]
    • 102. Handkerchief Edgings (1Sep53; A137217)[1]
    • 103. Stoles and Shrugs (1Oct53, A137216)[1]
    • 104. Doilies (1Nov53, A137219)[1]
  • 1954
    • 105. Crocheted Chairbacks (1Feb54, A137220)[1] PROJECT CREATED
  • Undated
    • 106 Crocheted Rugs
    • 107 Hats, Bags, and Bulky Sweaters
    • 109 Bedspreads and Tablecloths
    • 112 New and Old Afghans
    • 115 Today’s Crochet Book
    • 116 Crocheted Fashions
    • 117 New Hats
  • 1955
  • undated
    • 121. Crochet Suggestions for Fairs and Bazaars (not c) PROJECT CREATED
    • 122. Beginners Manual: Knitting Crocheting Tatting Hair Pin Lace PROJECT CREATED
    • 124. Doilies
    • 126. Crochet Treasures You Asked For (no c/d)
  • 1956
    • 128. Doilies (not c)
  • undated
    • 130. Crochet for your Baby and Knit Too!
    • 133. Stoles (no c/d)
    • 135. Gift Items
    • 137. Doily Book
    • 141. Smart Fashions
    • 142. Make it Yourself for Christmas
    • 143. Ruffled Doilies (not C)

STAR BOOKS #150-236 (UNDATED)

(I find no evidence for numbers above 236.)

AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY: OTHER SERIES

These may represent parts of series; I've included price as a guide to date, and copyright information as a suggestion of what other books in the series might be clearable. There is a series starting with 400 and another starting with 500; I suspect all these are post-1963 copyrighted.

  • Book 402: Full Figure Fashions (c 1977) (50 cents) (not clearable)

There is a short series (8 books?) with no date or copyright so far. I suspect mid-late 70's but have no idea why these aren't in the 200 series with which they would be contemporary.

  • Book No. 002: Children 2-6 (35c) (bibliographic record only)
  • Book No. 003: Babies (35c) (bibliographic record only)
  • Book No. 006: Bulkies (no c/d) (35 cents)

ILLINOIS YARN COMPANY

Copyright status and approximate date are unknown for most of these. At least some of them are uncopyrighted.

This is partly based on a list of publications online: https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/49155

  • Undated
    • 3. 5 Easy to Make Fashions from Rochelle's mohlon
    • 4. 6 Easy to Make Fashions from Rochelle's mohlon
    • 5. 6 Easy to Make Fashions from Rochelle's mohlon
    • 6. 6 Easy to Make Fashions from Rochelle's mohlon
    • 7. 6 Easy to Make Fashions from Rochelle's mohlon
  • 1964
    • B21: Easy to Make Fashions from Rochelle's mohlon
    • B22: Easy to Make Fashions from Rochelle's mohlon (not C) PROJECT CREATED
  • undated
  • 1973
    • 40. Sweaters to knit and crochet in Mohlon and Fluffaire yarns
    • 41. Afghans to knit and crochet in Mohlon and Fluffairé yarns by Rochelle
    • 42. Accessories to knit and crochet in Mohlon and Fluffaire yarns
    • 43. Shawls and Stoles to knit and crochet in Mohlon and Fluffaire yarns by Rochelle

SCOVILL "CRAZY DAISY"

All I have found so far are undated (and therefore without valid copyright), but appear to date from the 1960's or early 1970's. This may not be a large series: perhaps a dozen books.

CLARKS AND COATS / AMERICAN SPOOL COMPANY

This is a large series, with many pre-1964 numbers copyrighted. I do not have even an incomplete bibliography. Booklets in bold are available in scans or hardcopy.

There were NO RENEWALS for Coat and Clark's or American Spool Company EXCEPT 6 "Priscilla" books and one other book, all from 1927-28.

  • 1941
    • 173. Old and New Favorites (c; no registration found)
  • 1946
    • 233. Learn to Crochet (c)
  • 1948
    • 202. Chair Sets (c)
    • 234. Learn to Knit (10Nov48;AA105671)[b]
    • 244. Bedspreads (24Nov48;AA105677[b]
    • 246. Classic Sweaters from 3 to 6. (18Nov48;AA105676)[b]
    • 247. Classics from 8 t0 16. (16Dec48;AA105675)[b]
    • 248. Women's Sweaters (9Dec48;AA105673)[b]
    • 249. Men's Sweaters (18Nov48;AA105672)[b]
    • 250. Socks for Men and Women (11Nov48;AA105674)[b]
    • 251. Tablecloths: Heirlooms of Tomorrow (9Dec48--in notice:1949;AA110107)[b]
    • 252. Pineapple Pageant (30Dec48;AA110106)[b]
  • 1949
    • 253. Ruffled Doilies (27Jan49;AA113659)[b]
    • 254. Edgings. (24Mar49;AA118888)[b]
    • 255. Ideas for Gifts (5May49;AA118887)[b]
  • 1950
    • 264. Pillow Cases Decorative Crochet (c)
    • 265. Bathroom Beauties: Decorative Crochet for Bath Towels, Guest Towels, Face Cloths (c)
    • 267. Quick Tricks in Crochet (c)
    • 268. see under 1952
  • 1951
    • 275. Fluffy Ruffles (c)
    • 278. Crochet Money-makers for your Bazaar (c)
  • 1952
    • 286. Hand Knits for everybody (7Apr52;AA217159)[a]
    • 287. The Pick of the Pineapples (16Jun52;AA217157)[a]
    • 289. Afghans (25Aug52; AA22710)[a]
    • 291. Everyone wears sweaters (25Aug52;AA227105)[a]
    • 292. Presenting dolls from old American Songs (22Sep52;AA227106)[a]
    • 292. Accessories in wool for men, women, children (25Aug52;AA227102)[a]
    • 293. Quick tricks in crochet (13Oct52;AA227107)[a]
    • 296. Stoles and Blouses (c) (not in [a]--may be in 1953 LOC book.)
    • out of order
      • 268. Edgings for all Purposes (25Aug52;AA227104)[a]
  • 1954
    • 306. Ruffled Doilies (c)
    • 308. Old and New Favorites (20Dec54; A171987)[d]
    • 309. Smart Chair Sets (20Dec54; A171986)[d]
  • 1955
    • 310. Hats and Bags (7Mar55; A188040)[d]
    • 311. Handkerchief Edgings (7Mar55; A188041)[d]
    • 312. Pot Holders (4Apr55; A188042)[d]
    • 313. Cottons You'll Love (25Apr55; A188043)[d]
    • 314. Pineapple Squares featuring 15 New Designs (14Mar55; A188044)[d]
  • 1956
    • 324. Priscilla Doilies to Crochet (c)

COAT AND CLARKS: 500 SERIES

  • 1952
    • 502. Baby Book No. 502: Knit and Crochet in wool, cotton, nylon (7Apr52;aa217160)[a]
  • 1954
    • 505. Afghans and matching pillows. (9Aug54;A171988)[d]
    • 506. Style Parade (20Aug54;A179340)[d]
  • 1957
    • 516. Crochet Featuring New Woven Crochet (c)

COAT AND CLARKS: OTHER NUMBERING SCHEMES

  • 1959
    • 112. Filet Crochet, 1st ed. (15Jan60--in notice 1959;A444791)[c]
    • 113. Color Crochet, 1st ed. (15Jan60--in notice 1959;A444793)[c]
    • 114. Sweaters, 1st ed. (15Jan60--in notice 1959;A444794)[c]
    • 115. Woolies for babies. (15Jan60--in notice 1959;A450589)[c]
    • 170-B. Learn How Book (Revised) (14Sep59;A444792)[c]
  • 1961
    • 124. Old and New Favorites (14Aug61; A553420)[e]
    • 125. Ruffled Doilies (14Aug61; A553421)[e]
    • 126. Jiffy Accessories to Knit and Crochet (14Aug61; A553422)[e]
    • 127. Afghans Knit and Crochet (14Aug61; A553423)[e]
    • 128. Lightweight bulkies in orlon sayelle (14Aug61; A553424)[e]
  • 1962
    • 129. Embroidery (29Jan62; A553425)[e]
    • 130. Knit and Crochet for Babies (29Jan62; A553426)[e]
    • 131. Sweater Fashtions for Men, Women, Children (29Jan62; A553427)[e]
    • 132. Quick Tricks (29Jan62; A553428)[e]
  • 1963
    • 140. Sweaters and Accessories

From here, clearable only in Canada

  • 1965
    • 156. Fashions for Men (c)
  • 1968
    • 168. Gift Bazaar (c)
    • 190. Learn to Knit (c)
    • 210-B Learn to Crochet (c)

From here, not yet clearable anywhere

  • 1970
    • 200. Knit and Crochet for Babies (c)
  • 1971
    • 211. The Sweater Story (c)
    • 213. Fashions for Baby (c)
    • 216. Accessories (3ed c)
  • 1972
    • 223. Creative Afghans (c)
  • 1973
    • 232. Accessories (c)
  • 1974
    • 238. Afghans (c)
  • 1975
    • 246. Americana (c)
  • 1976
    • 253. Sweaterama (c)
  • 1977
    • 262. Fashions Sizes 18 To 46 (5ed) (c)

NOTES

  • [a] Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third series, 1952, p. 1053
  • [b] Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series, 1949, p. 299
  • [c] Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1960, p. 150
  • [d] Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1955: January-June, p. 130
  • [e] Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1962: January-June, p. 168

COLUMBIA-MINERVA (JAMES LEES AND SONS COMPANY, DAVID TRAUM COMPANY AFTER 1954)

  • 704 Fashions in Quick Knit and Crochet (c, not registered or renewed)

Note: Volume numbers 700 through 749, maybe 753, are pre-1964 and probably clearable. I've found no renewals for any of them.

PRISCILLA BOOKS

("The Modern Priscilla" was a magazine with needlework and housekeeping tips, and also published books.)

NOTE American Spool Company renewed a lot of Priscilla books, so rule 6 clearances may not be feasible for this series.

INDIVIDUAL TITLES

FROM THE STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK ART INSTITUTE LIBRARY

(Note: This collection on TIA also has LOTE books on needlework. Only English titles listed below so far.)

BARBOUR'S PRIZE NEEDLEWORK SERIES

(Unfortunately, not able to find book 1).

(Interesting note - they had problems with one because the 1893 Boston fire destroyed all the material they were planning to include in the book.)

COPYRIGHT REGISTRATIONS

  • [1] Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1954: January-June, p. 36
  • [2] Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1951, p. 16-17
  • [3] Catalog of Copyright Entries. Part 1. [B] Group 2. Pamphlets, Etc. New Series: 1944, p. 59
  • [4] Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1948, p. 329
  • [5] Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1949, P. 362
  • [6] Catalog of Copyright Entries. Part 1. [B] Group 2. Pamphlets, Etc. New Series: 1942, p. 85
  • [7] Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series, 1951, p. 366
  • [8] Catalog of Copyright Entries: Third series, 1952, p. 28

UNCOPYRIGHTABLE SERIES

These series are too recent, have copyright notices, or perhaps were renewed.

  • LEISURE ARTS: all post-1963, and probably all copyrighted
  • GRANNY'S ATTIC: all post-1963, and probably all copyrighted
  • AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY: Star Books, 400 and 500 series, 1970's or later and probably all copyrighted.