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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.  PDF 


Jutsum, Captain J. Netherclift

Knots and Splices

A very Complete Work

1920, The Nautical Press, James Brown & Son, Glasgow

The Interlacings Shown in Separate Colours. With Tables of Strenghts of Ropes, Etc., and Wire Rigging. All about ropes, whipping the ends, knots in all shapes and forms, splices, purchases (not buying things, but hoisting loads with blocks and tackles), and odds and ends such as the decorative Turk's Head, how to fit flags together (for signaling purposes), barrel slings and mousing hooks. All used for nautical purposes but some items quite familiar to needleworkers.

Scans donated and edited by Sytske Wijnsma.






United Kingdom  PDF 


Sajou (publ.)

No. 112

Sajou, Paris, 52 Rue de Rambuteau, 52

Square repeating filet pattern with roses and leaves and some smaller flowers. Three medals are shown at the top, the latest 1849. Sajou is described as producer of patterns for tapestry, embroidery, and various other crafts.

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








Filet crochet



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 group, or send a mail to the info address above. Thank you!

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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 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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