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Antique Pattern Library

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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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American Thread Company

Crochet Gay and Gifty Ideas

Star Book No. 80

American Thread Company

16 pages, copyright 1951. Rose Doily, Pansy Handkerchief, Crocheted Edge for Plate, Forget-Me-Not Handkerchief, Carnation, Doll's Clothes, Nut Cup and Saucer, Apple Blossom Corsage, Chrysanthemum, Hot Plate Mats or Covers, Tea Cozy, Corn Pot Holder, Terry Cloth Laundry Bag, Rose Pot Holder, Hosiery Hanger, and a Plant Holder, all crochet.

Scans donated by Kathryn Roloff, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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Crochet

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F. Muller

941

Antike-Stickvorlage-handcolorierter-Kupferstich-um-1850-aus-Wien-Federvieh-400816358021

Vienna, F. Muller

Embroidery pattern showing chickens outside, with little chicks and three grown birds.

Image donated by ebay seller dacopy, edited and charted by Sytske Wijnsma

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Embroidery

Charts

Cross-stitch

BerlinWork

Tapestry

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German
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Cousine Claire

Les Jours a Fils Tirees

Albums de Travaux de Cousine Claire

Publication Francois Tedesco, Paris

Drawn Thread work, from the beginning to more complicated patterns.

Scans donated by Sytske Wijnsma, edited by Judith Adele.

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Embroidery

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France
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Hooper, Luther

Tablet Weaving

Weaving with small appliances, Book II [2]

Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd. London, Bath, Melbourne, Toronto

Second book in the series of weaving with small appliances. An explanation of tablet weaving for beginners; how to set up a tablet warp, loom for tablet weaving, designing patterns, and a number of illustrated examples.

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

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Weaving

Various

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United Kingdom
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Magasin des Demoiselles

Geometric band in brown, green, and blue with yellow highlights

Atel. Formstecher, Fr.es a Paris.

Bureaux du Magasin des Demoiselles, Paris, Rue Laffitte, 51.

Abstract pattern in brown, green, and blue with yellow highlights and a white outline. Suitable for tapisserie and cross-stitch.

Scan donated by Renko Kuperus, edited and charted by Sytske Wijnsma.

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Embroidery

Cross-stitch

Tapestry

BerlinWork

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France
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Album 48

Muster fur Kreuzstichstickereien, Perl-Arbeiten und verwandte Techniken

Album with patterns for cross-stitch embroidery, beading, and similar techniques. Small leporello with six outdoor scenes, windmills, ships, houses, canals, all in shades of blue.<br>Probably around 1900, when Dutch motifs were in fashion. The windmills were designed by someone who actually saw them.

Scans donated by Iva Innocenti, charted by Sytske Wijnsma.

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Charts

Cross-stitch

Beading

Embroidery

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German
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Silk pouch with lace and silk ribbons

646870147 antique-silk-crochet-lace-pouch-french

Lovely silk pouch, light blue background fabric, over which bobbin lace and silk ribbons have been woven. Quilted on the inside. Probably for handkerchiefs. The silk ribbons are nearly worn through, showing some construction detail.

Images donated by etsy seller BarcelonaDecoLab.

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Ribbonwork

Lace

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France
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Vere Foster

L1 - Rustic Figures

Embracing every description of drawing, with paper for copying

Blackie and Son, Limited: London, Glasgow, and Dublin

20 pages including covers. Twelve half-page and two full-page drawings, with empty space to copy them. Part of Vere Foster's Drawing-Book series. An explanation and tips on the inside front and back cover. Drawn by Edward Duncan.

Scans donated by Seya Wijnsma, edited by Sytske Wijnsma. Transferred to Rijksmuseum Research Library, 2018.

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Drawing

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Conover, Isabel deNyse

Complete Course in Dressmaking in Twelve Lessons:

Lesson VII [7], How to Make Boy's Clothes

New York, Edward J. Clode, 1921, 20 pgs

From the earlier, much shorter Complete Course of Dressmaking. 20 pages on cutting out and sewing of boy's clothes. Description of making a blouse, trousers, bloomers, buttoned-on trousers, Russian blouse suit, sailor suit, underwaist and drawers. Drawings illustrate the details of sewing and the lay-out of pattern pieces.

Scans donated by Sytske Wijnsma, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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Sewing

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Journal Des Demoiselles

Five purses

Journal Des Demoiselles, Paris

Vingtieme Annee, ca. 1863. Five designs for embroidered purses of various shapes. Suitable for cross-stitch, tapisserie.

From the collection of Marleen Van Horssen, edited and charted by Sytske Wijnsma.

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purse

Embroidery

Charts

Cross-stitch

Tapestry

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France

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!

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 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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