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Welcome!

This ongoing project is an effort to scan craft pattern publications that are in the public domain, to preserve them, so we can keep our craft heritages in our hands. Most of these scans have been graphically edited to make the images easier for craft workers to see, and to reduce file sizes. They are available, for free, to anyone who wants them, for educational, personal, artistic and other creative uses.

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Tamburi, Ines (ill.)

Il Corredo di Bébé

Insegnamento Pratico Illustrato Per La Confezione

Casa Editrice Sonzogno, Milano

32 pages, stapled. Elaborate cradle covers, clothes, baby caps, bibs, sleeping bag, baptism dress, shoes and booties, all embroidered and lace-edged. It'll look fantastic, if not really practical. Illustrations are signed Ines Tamburi, no other author mentioned

Scans donated by Matthijs Ufkes, edited by Sytske Wijnsma

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KA027

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Sewing

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Alphabets for Embroidering on Canvas

No. 33

Small leporello with two tall and narrow folded pages, each containing half of the alphabet. Very like the copper templates for linen marking, but the letters are much larger. Fraktur script, suitable for cross-stitch and beading.

Scans donated by Jackie Isler, from the collection of her grandmother Helen Balmat Gorman. Charted by Sytske Wijnsma.

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KA026

Alphabet

Embroidery

Charted

Cross-stitch

IS

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A. Crespel (publ.)

Le Filet Brode n. II

200 Modeles, 4 Planches en Couleurs

A. Crespel, 38, Boulevard Carnot, 38, Lille, France.

40 pages including covers. Filet squares, edgings, oval patterns, triangular corners, and a very large coverlet made up of lots of small squares. Also, four pages of color images of antique filet work, with the patterns on the subsequent pages.

Scans donated by Iva Innocenti, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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KA025

Embroidery

Filet

II

France
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Antoinette, Marie

How To Crochet Cluny Laces

Book 12

Chicago: Novelty Art Studios, 1915, 16 pgs.

16 pages including covers. Crocheted laces to imitate a French bobbin lace that typically has leaf or petal shapes connected by bars. Marie Antoinette later published under the name Hees. Lace caps, insertions, piano scarf, yokes, edgings.

Scans donated by Tamara Tiekstra, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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KA024

Crochet

Lace

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United States
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American Thread Co. (publ.)

Afghans, Crocheted & Knitted

Star Afghan Book No. 154

American Thread Company, 260 West Broadway, New York 13, N.Y.

Softcover stapled booklet, 32 pages including cover. Afghans made from blocks sewn together, striped afghans, embroidered afghans - something for everyone! Part of the embroidery example is missing, but if you study the photograph it'll be easy to reconstruct - or else let your fantasy take over.

Scans donated by Sandra Bejster, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

K-SB003

A

KA023

Crochet

Knitting

SB

United States
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Valley Supply Co. (publ.)

Conventional Embroidery Motifs for Tracing or Stamping.

Book No. 15 of the Adeline Cordet Series

1922, Valley Supply Co., St. Louis, Mo

8 page booklet, very thin paper, with embroidery motifs. These Designs Can Be Applied To Dresses, Aprons, Scarfs, Centers, Curtains, Borders, Pillow Tops, Etc. Book No.15. of the Adeline Cordet Series.

Scans donated by Seya Wijnsma-Spek, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

H-WS011

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KA022

Embroidery

whitework

Beading

WS

United States
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Kuehn, Heinrich (publ.)

Moderne Stickvorlagen No. 242

Heinrich Kuehn, Berlin.

Small leporello with 10 sheets, 20 pages. One side borders and motifs in two shades of blue, indicated by filled squares or striped squares. Other side alphabets in red. Printing quality so-so, some patterns changed slightly because of obvious errors.

Scans donated by Jackie Isler, from the collection of her grandmother Helen Balmat Gorman, charted by Sytske Wijnsma.

F-IS114

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KA021

Alphabet

Edge

Embroidery

Charted

Cross-stitch

IS

German
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The Workbasket Vol. 9 No. 11

Home and Needlecraft for Pleasure and Profit Ideas for the Bazaar, the Home, Gifts and Sparetime Moneymakers - with Many Inexpensive, Easily Made Articles that find a Ready Sale

Kansas City, Modern Handcraft, Inc.

8 pages. "Diamond Trail" crocheted bedspread, fabric hat and bag set, Mock Orange quilt, shower clogs, crocheted hat and bag set, hand-knotted cord.

Scans donated by M. Leigh Martin, edited by Sytske Wijnsma. Published with kind permission of F+W Media, the current copyright holder.

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KA020

Crochet

Sewing

Slipper

Knotting

ML

United States

Cataloguers needed!

We badly need trained librarians or scholars in humanities, to help make our catalog useful and conforming to standards, and teach other volunteers how to do this. If you have some training in cataloguing, we'd be very glad for your help. As many or as few hours you would be willing to spend on it, it all would help. Contact Judith or Sytske via the groups.io/g/antiquepatternlibrary group, or send a mail to the info address above. Thank you!

Who we are

Antique Pattern Library is a project of New Media Arts, Inc., a nonprofit corporation tax exempt under IRC (501)(c)(3). EIN 27-2500171.
Your donations may be tax deductible, depending on your tax status and tax jurisdiction. Please consult a tax professional in your country. Click  HERE  to donate. Thank you!

Licensing

These works are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. To view a copy of this license, visit Creative Commons licenses or send a letter to Creative Commons, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305 USA.

Conditions of Use

By downloading the files, you are agreeing to the following conditions: The files are scans of books which are now in the public domain. Although the originals have no copyright, the scans are the works of the owners or scanners of the books and, as such, are copyrighted. The owners of the books give permission for you to download and use these file for educational and personal use. You are free to copy and distribute the scans, as electronic or hard copies, free of charge and to make derivative works under the following conditions:

  • You must attribute the borrowed elements to the original title and author of the publication

  • For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of these works

  • Any of these conditions can be waived if you get written permission from the copyright holder (the current owner of the original book)

  • You do not have permission to sell these copies in any format. You may give copies away, you may not sell them.

There is more information on the library at The Antique Pattern Library forum at groups.io. We use this forum to email newsletters when we add new books to the library, to post information about donating book scans, website space, or time to the project, and to help organize volunteers.

How You Can Help

Cash donations are always welcome, they pay for our website hosting and other library costs. If you have a book you would like to scan for the library, please see these guidelines (follow the link below). We are always looking for old craft books! We also need volunteers to do graphics editing and to help proofread our catalog listings. Please see the User Forumn link below to find out where to volunteer. Thank you!

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