Mary often featured birds and other creatures in her designs
The redrawn graphs, diagrams and detailed instructions in this book make good crocheting simple. The stories of Mary‘s life, work and the social history of the era may appeal to general readers.
The chair cover designs include the Bird-on-the Nest and the Holly & Bird.
Some of her most loved tablecloths are in this book, namely the Wild Clematis, Daffodil & Wood Pigeon, Holly & Bird and Trellis designs
The runners and doyley sets include the Bird & Nest, Lyrebird, Peacock & Clematis and the Blue Bells & Cockatoos designs. No evidence has been found for the claim that this last set was designed by Mary.
The two luncheon sets in the Pond Lily and Lilypool designs are large and formal.
Of the two teacosy covers, the Lovebird design is the most popular.
Jug covers were important in Australian homes to protect food from flies. The Blue Wren, Kookaburra, Magpie and Swan designs are suitable for beginners.
The bedspread designs include the Swan & Iris, Apple Blossom, Poppy & Bird (centrepiece only) and the Australian one with an emu, kangaroo, kookaburra, possum, swan and cockatoo.
The Narcissus & Java Sparrow (Titmouse) mat shown on this page and the Blue Wren & Wattle pillow sham are favourites.