I invite anyone to join me at any point in the reading and hands-on experiments. I'll post here my thoughts about the readings as I go and I hope others add comments. If there's a book that you think should or should not be on the list, please comment also.
- A rash of crochet books were published in the 1970's with terms like "New", "Creative", "Discovery", "Adventures", etc. in the titles. What were the truly fresh ideas of the time? How have they matured?
- Are there stitches and techniques in these books that I think deserve rejuvenating for the 21st century?
- Which of these books will become essential classics for my own library?
The Reading List:
Most of the books I already own but haven't gotten around to reading. Some are on order from places like www.half.com or www.alibris.com . A few aren't available at all but I might locate a copy at a library later. I'd like to read them in fairly chronological order. On the Core list, I own the first book but the next 2 haven't arrived in the mail yet. I'm thinking I'll give myself until Jan 9 to read the first one, New Design in Crochet by Clinton MacKenzie. Then I expect to pick up speed with the rest. I don't know yet if I'll be making use of the supplementary books. Maybe to skim briefly and randomly.
The Core List so far:
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|1972||MacKenzie, Clinton D||New design in crochet||0442350694|
|1972||Feldman, Del Pitt||Crochet: discovery and design||0385051336|
|1972||Standing, Dorothy||New Ways with Crochet|
|1974||Brock, Delia||The Adventurous Crocheter||0671217550|
|1976||Feldman, Annette||Crochet and creative design||0883653346|
|1978||Dittrick, Mark||Hard Crochet||0801532795|
|1978||Hubert, Margaret||One-Piece Knits That Fit: How to Knit and Crochet One-Piece Garments||0442235674|
Supplementary Reading List:
|1969||Horne, Caroline||Fashion Crochet||0263707369|
|1969||Rathbone, Iris||Crochet: a modern guide to an ancient craft;||0707101611|
|1972||Taylor, Gertrude||AMERICA'S CROCHET BOOK|
|1972||Vogue guide to crochet||0812814339|
|1973||Edson, Nicki Hitz||Creative crochet,||0823010406|
|1973||Rathbone, Iris||More crochet||0877494312|
|1974||Ventre, Mary Tibbals||Crochet; a basic manual for creative construction (The Crafts series)||0316899607|
|1975||Feldman, Annette||Handmade Lace and Patterns||006011231X|
|1975||Standing, Dorothy||Using Crochet Motifs||0263053660|
|1978||Bonando, Wanda||Stitches, patterns, and projects for crocheting (Harper colophon books)||006091095X|
|1979||Jacobs, Shanie||Shanie Jacobs' Crochet Book||0672523817|
|1979||Calder, Louisa||Louisa Calder's Creative Crochet (Penguin Handbooks)||0140463704|
|1979||Parkinson, Francesca||Knit and crochet your own designs||0668041269|