The Mary Frances and Little Girls Series

The Mary Frances books as seen in "Victoria Magazine"

With wit and charm "Adventures Among the Thimble People," as this little guide is subtitled, teaches budding seamstresses everything they need to know to make a variety of outfits and accessories. The Fairy Lady, tommy Pin Cushion, and Sewing Bird are just a few of the "talking" implements that offer Mary Frances advice in charming verse. A cross-stitch sampler is the first project they work on; a complete wardrobe for a 16-inch doll follows. In addition to instructions on page, there are many actual patterns in back---for an "automobile" coat and bonnet, a party dress, a "lady's work bag," even a wedding dress---33 in all

Though learning to sew is the book's focus, gentle life lessons are woven throughout its ages---a typical custom of the day. Sage words like "patience brings reward" and "try try again" from Sewing Bird and others encourage young hands when tedium looms.

Order ItemTHE MARY FRANCES FIRST AID BOOK, Jane Eayre Fryer. $28.00

Mary Frances and her dolls convey the first aid remedies for accidents and emergencies with humor and the best contrmporary advise (1916). ISBN 1-891656-29-5. 144p (h)(LE93)

Order Item THE MARY FRANCES SEWING BOOK or ADVENTURES AMONG THE THIMBLE PEOPLE, Jane Eayre Fryer. $28.00
An exceptionally clever and fascinating story of a little girl who wanted to sew and how her grandmother's sewing bird and all their other sewing tools show her how. Lessons include the making of a complete wardrobe for a 16" doll including a wedding dress. Full size patterns included. Designed to capture the imagination of every lille girl who will find the pleasures and rewards of this too neglected part of learning. A reprint of the 1913 book of the same title. Heirloom edition. ISBN 0-916896-85-4. 270 pgs. (h) (LE26)


Order Item THE MARY FRANCES KNITTING AND CROCHETING BOOK, Jane Eayre Fryer. $28.00
Instructions, through a delightful story, teaching children how to knit and crochet all kinds of garments for their dolls through the guidance of Crow Shay, Yarn Baby and Wooley Ball. Heirloom edition. Illustrations by Jane Allen Boyer. Reprint of 1918 book of same title. ISBN 0-916896-90-0. 270 pgs. (h) (LE39)

Order Item MARY FRANCES HOUSEKEEPER, Jane Eayre Fryer. $28.00
The story of the Paper Doll Family of Sandpile Village where Mary Frances learns proper etiquette and the fundamental principles of good housekeeping. Written against the contemporary background of the time, 1914, the story offers a valuable insight into the social graces of this period. Includes full color cut-out dolls and the furniture for every room of the house. ISBN 0-916896-90-0. 256 pgs (h) (LE42)


Order Item MARY FRANCES COOKBOOK, Jane Eayre Fryer. $28.00
A cook book in story form, this is the tale of how Mary Frances learns to cook because she wants to help her mother when she falls ill. With the help of the Kitchen People, Tea Kettle, Rolling Pin, Toaster Man and all their friends, who talk to Mary, she soon learns the necessary skills. Receipes are given in the simplest words, every operation described, with enough mistakes included, to make any little girl quite comfortable in this new adventure. ISBN 0-916896-96-X. 176 pgs (LE50)

Order Item THE MARY FRANCES GARDEN BOOK or ADVENTURES AMONG THE GARDEN PEOPLE, Jane Eayre Fryer.$28.00
In helping to make things grow, Mary Frances and her friends share the pleasures of the land; finding joy, appreciation and understanding of nature's wonders in their garden adventures. ISBN 1-891656-01-5. 384pgs (h) (LE58) 


Order Item THE LITTLE GIRL'S KNITTING & CROCHETING BOOK, Flora Klickmann.$20.00
From simple stitches and patterns to the more advanced to make numerous doll garments and accessories combined with delightful illustations and photos. "Instructions for making many articles-for Dolly, for Baby, for Mother, and for Auntie...useful things that a small girl will love to make." ISBN 1-891656-36-8. 128pgs (h) (LH10)

Order Item THE LITTLE GIRL'S SEWING BOOK, Flora Klickmann. $20.00
"Pretty things that a little girl can make including an outfit for dolly's wardrobe, furnisjhings for dolly's cottage, presents for mother and auntie, and handy things for herself." Delightful illustrations and photos. ISBN 1-891656-37-6. 128p (h) (LH11)

Order Item THE LITTLE GIRL'S FANCY WORK, Flora Klickmann.$20.00
"To teach girls how to de Needlework that shall be Good Craft as well as "Fancy"...to show them how to turn their handwork to useful account, and apply it to the practical things of everyday life." Cross stitch, hem-stitch, hardanger, embroidery, knitting. Delightful illustrations and photos. ISBN 1-891656-38-4. 128p (h) (LH12)

Order Item MARY FRANCES CARD SET (15). $12.00
A note card set consisting of 3 each of 5 color plates from the book, THE MARY FRANCES SEWING BOOK. Includes 15 envelopes and gift box. (LE30)

SEWING BIRDS:
An exact replica of the 19th c. original, the one found in Grandma's basket and who introduces Mary Frances to the thimble peope in THE MARY FRANCES SEWING BOOK. Used in the same fashion as a "third hand" the bird clamps to a table while the beak holds the fabric that is being worked on. Forged from solid brass, the bird is a useful as well as a decorative accessory. 4.5" high Bird is packed in a padded gift box. (LV10) Order Item $28.00 for Brass finish, (LV11) Order Item $40.00

Order Item BUTTONHOLE SCISSORS. $18.00
A 4.5" adjustable buttonhole scissors with notched blade and set screw to control length of hole. A high quality reproduction of the 1865 Henry Sears & Son classic. The same scissors used by Mary Frances in THE MARY FRANCES SEWING BOOK. (MY76)

Order ItemCLOTH DOLL PATTERN FOR MARY FRANCES. $5.00
Pattern for a 16" cloth doll suitable for the wardrobe that Mary Frances makes. Doll has jointed arms and legs and contoured facial features. Includes some basic garments. (LE34)

Order Item MARY MARIE WIG. $14.00
A combable wig specifically designed for the Making Memories Mary Marie doll. (LE47)

Order ItemMARY FRANCES "Marie Marie" Doll Pattern. $12.00
A 16" cloth doll pattern, specifically designed by Ellen Thompson to accompany the book THE MARY FRANCES SEWING BOOK, where Mary Frances makes a complete wardrobe for her "Mary Marie" doll. Doll has bendable joints and dimensional facial features. Wig available separately (MA56)

Order Item MARY FRANCES COMBINATION PATTERN. $10.00
After sewing the clothes for her doll, Mary is ready to make full size garments for herself. This pattern is designed to fit girls from 10 to 12 years. (LE43)

Order Item PORCELAIN "MARIE MARIE" 16" DOLL. $30.00
Mary Frances's charming doll, "Marie Marie", with the big floppy hair bow suitable for the the vast wardrobe that Mary Frances makes in the MARY FRANCES SEWING BOOK. (LE40)





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