francey - Thanks! That makes a lot of sense. I just have one more question: how do you know a stitch is in the public domain? Can I safely assume that anything in a stitch dictionary is fair game?
Probably. Look in the back to see if there are any credits/footnotes/etc... to see if authors are credited. I'm guessing that if they were copyrighted, the author would want some sort of credit for it in any published work that uses it. Also, look in the book to see if there are any copyright notices or anything i nthe front or back. If there aren't any, I'd assume it was fair game.