Crochet Designs by Elizabeth Hiddleson book, volume 46

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This is volume 46 of Mrs. Hiddleson's classic thread designs. Patterns in this volume include: Mountain Home (35" in size 20 thread)
Sam (filet peacock?, 13 x 15 in size 40 thread)
Square Pineapple (17" in size 10 thread)
Lady's Dress Collar (size 20 or 30 thread)
Miniatures (5 doilies, motifs)
A Stop to Smell the Roses (filet runner 13 x 36 in size 10)
Wagon Wheel (18" in size 10 thread)
Changing Times (18" in size 20 thread)
House and Home (filet, looks to be about 12 x 15" in size 10 thread(
Small Doily (7" in size 20 thread)
Please note that she didn't chart her filet patterns as we do today. Rather, she had a good close-up of the piece and you can count blocks/spaces from that.

She published 50 volumes in all, including a small edgings booklet that I think she blended in with her edging book volume 15 (?) in later years. Mrs. Hiddleson began designing back in the 1930s or 40s, and had many designs in books from Lily Mills, Coats & Clark, and American Thread. Unfortunately, their focus was on the threads they sold so they didn't include the designer's name. According to an article in her local newspaper, Mrs. Hiddleson said, "Call it vanity, but I wanted to see my name beside my designs." So she started self-publishing in the 1950s. Her printer, Rita Burke, told me that the first thing she printed for "Betty" was a pattern sheet that was put in a weekly newspaper (sounds like the Grit to me) for $.25 and the 1,000 copies printed sold out within 2 weeks! Some of her volumes were sold by Mrs. Hiddleson in northern California, and some of them were sold by her daughter and then granddaughter in southern California. Since they sold different volumes, the patterns didn't overlap. She always had really good white-on-black photos of the pieces, and the books were sold all over the world even in non-English speaking countries because the photos were easy to "read" for crocheters.

I purchased the Hiddlesons' remaining stock from her granddaughter Shirley Siracusa, then bought more stock being stored with the printer, and finally went up to Arkansas and bought the rest of Mrs. Hiddleson's stock from her son. I also have permission from the Hiddleson family to reprint any missing volumes and pay them royalties on the reprints; we've done volume 3 and volume 24 so far. All her books are still under copyright, and I am honoring that copyright by not copying anything without paying them the royalties that are due the family. The books were so popular that Mrs. Hiddleson had them each reprinted several times, and also Lily Mills would have reprints made (and royalties paid) back in the day when you could find a needlework section in every large department store.

Please note there there are no returns on books, because they can be copied before returning. I found this out in my shop years ago!

Postage to US addresses is $3.75 first class or $6.45 priority. I am more than happy to combine and deeply discount postage. I also accept orders sent to foreign countries but check with me first for rates!

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Great transation. Wonderful patterns. Thanks very much.
Aug 19, 2017 by Michelle
Great condition, fast delivery. Thanks
Sep 9, 2014 by pluto46jn

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