Rumpelstiltskin (A Whitman Giant Tell-A-Tale Book)


I love fairy tales, I love Whitman Tell-A-Tales, but did you know I also appreciate good embroidery?  

And here we combine all three.

I couldn't find much information on Virginia Tiffany, other than the fact she stitched illustrations for children's books, mostly for Whitman and Golden books in the '60s and '70s.  Danielle Thompson shared some wonderful photos of Tiffany's Selections from A Child's Garden of Verses on her blog a couple of years ago.  Here are a few more on Amazon.  And check out this signed copy of my book on eBay!

Rumpelstiltskin
Retold by Stella Nathan.
Stitchery by Virginia Tiffany.
Racine, WI: Western Publishing, 1968.






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  1. oh WOW- that is incredible. my sis does beautiful embroidery... me, not so much. I should learn. I want this book! very cool. :)

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    1. I love the details. The stitching around the text boxes, for example. So intricate. :o)

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  2. This is GORGEOUS! I wish that Virginia Tiffany had done patterns, it would be awesome to be able to embroider some fairy tale panels to hang in the book corner. Thanks for sharing:)

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    1. Wouldn't those be awesome??? I need to get more of her books. The prices had dropped on eBay, last time I looked...

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  3. BEAUTIFUL!!! Oh this is so cool! I gotta go find this princess book I've been meaning to post about for ages, it's got a ton of embroidered pix too. AAAH, so many books, so little time....xoxoxoxo

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    1. OOooo, I want to see! xxxxoooo I'm glad everyone's enjoying this one. It's one of my favorites.

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  4. This is AWESOME. I am a total sucker for embroidery.

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    1. And it's funny - all this work went into her books, which were basically cheap books, not pretty jacketed hardcovers. So cool.

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  5. Oh wow, that's pretty impressive! I love it! It's beautiful and somehow it seems so fitting that this particular fairy tale would have stitched illustrations, with all the straw spinning and gold weaving that's going on...

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    1. Oh gracious, that's so true! I hadn't thought of that. It is the perfect fairy tale for stitching!

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  6. Ooooh, pretty. I have a book that looks very similar but it's poems about cats. Could be the same embroiderer. Embroiderist? Whatever. Anyway, I love it, it's one of very few books that survived my childhood. I had no idea there were others to seek out!

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  7. Paula, is it Tell Me, Cat? That one looks awesome, and it is by the same embroidery artist. I want to click "buy," but I really shouldn't spend the money at this time...

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    1. Yes, it is. Couldn't think of the name earlier, and I was too lazy to go upstairs and look for it! I didn't appreciate the embroidery when I was little, I just had a LOT of cat books for some reason. In fact, I distinctly remember almost donating it at one point years ago (before having kids and before childhood nostalgia kicked in) because I thought it looked too dated. Thank goodness it had a Valentine's Day inscription from my parents, so I didn't have the heart to get rid of it!

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    2. Cool! I think it looks like fun. I always had a ton of cat books, too. Probably because, growing up, we always seemed to have a ton of cats...

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