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Antique Pattern Library is a project of New Media Arts, Inc., a nonprofit organization, tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3), EIN 27-2500171.
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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.


Beaded rondel


Lovely beadwork, probably meant for a pot stand but never actually used. Beautiful colors.

Images donated by ebay seller fresca1260. Charted by Sytske Wijnsma.







Thornton, J.P.

The Sectional System of Gentlemen's Garment Cutting

comprising Coats, Vests, Breeches, Trousers, &c. Price Twenty-Five Shillings.

Minister & Co., Limited, 46, Great Marlborough Street, Regent Street, London, W.

Extensive description of gentlemen's clothes patterns around the turn of the 20th Century.

Scans donated by Peter Ketels, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.






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 Yahoo 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!


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 Yahoo Group. We use this Yahoo group 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 Yahoo Groups link below to find out where to volunteer. Thank you!

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