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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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Antique Pattern Library

A project of New Media Arts Inc

  Battenberg Lace     Beading     BerlinWork     Bookbinding     Calligraphy     Carpentry     Crochet     Cross-stitch     Cutwork  

  Drawing     Dressmaking     Embroidered net     Embroidery     Filet     Filet crochet     Flower Arranging     Glass     Hardanger  

  Irish crochet     Knitting     Knotting     Lace     Macrame     Paper     Point Lace     Quilting     Ribbonwork     Sewing     Tatting  

  Tulle embroidery     Various     Waxwork     Woodworking  


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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Delamotte, F.

The Book of Ornamental Alphabets

Ancient and Medieval.

London, Crosby Lockwood and Son, 7, Stationers' Hall Court.

51 plates of various alphabets, initials and symbols, taken from medieval and renaissance manuscripts. Advertisements for the other books on this subject, and a short introduction.

Scans donated and edited by Sytske Wijnsma.







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Wolf & Dupeyron, ed.

Le Filet Ancien au Point de Reprise III

192 Modeles artistiques inedites

Wolf & Dupeyron, editeurs, 104 Faubourg Poisonniere, Paris

Volume 3 from the well-known Filet Ancien series.

Scans donated by Tamara Tiekstra, charted by Franciska Ruessink.







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Ornate antique beadwork firescreen


One of two beaded firescreen banners. Victorian, part embroidery, part beadwork, in monochrome and gold beadwork and shades of blue embroidery.

Donated by ebay seller brought-to-life-again, charted by Sytske Wijnsma.








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Hough, Helen and Ruessink, Franciska

Design Elements of Renaissance Embroidery 2

Series: Charted Embroidery Patterns of the Renaissance

James G. Collins & Associates

Very extensive inventory of renaissance embroidery design elements. 165 pages of charts, a list of sources, and a guide for people who want to create counted designs but don't want to use specialized software - if you have a spreadsheet program, that's sufficient.

Permission to publish given by Helen Hough. Images charted and edited by Franciska Ruessink.








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Redtenbacher, M.

Farbige Vorlagen fur Stickerei

Patrons colories pour tapisserie

[Karlsruhe : J. Veith, 1894]

Folder with handcolored patterns for tapisserie embroidery, from unknown sources. Many look like they might be 16th-17th Century. Loose patterns in a folder, incomplete.

Photographed and published by permission of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Photos made by Franciska Ruessink, edited and charted by Sytske Wijnsma.





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Kim Brody Salazar ak Janthe d'Averoigne

Ensamplario Atlantio

Being a Collection of Filling Patterns Suitable for Blackwork Embroidery.

Black Rose Press, Arlington

A digital publication in four pdfs, a treasury of blackwork filling patterns. The New Carolingian Model Book, a previous publication no longer in print, contains similar patterns, but this work will satisfy every embroidery lover who does not wish to shell out anything from 100 to 1600 USD for a used book.<br>The link refers to the official download page for the book; the download links are at the bottom of the page.<br>

Permission to link given by Kim Brody Salazar.







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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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