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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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Jones & Co., William (publ.)

Rug Making at Home

A Pleasant, Useful and Profitable Indoor Ocupation

William Jones & Co., Wool Merchants, Bridgnorth

Small stapled 12 page booklet, covers included. One page (6) of actual instruction, all others about how to order wool, special offer packages, testimonies of customers, offers of employment and other advertising content. No publication date or mention of copyright, but customers are referred to as ladies which indicates an early 20thC date at the latest. Also an inlaid leaflet, blank on one side, showing a knotted rug

Scans donated by Sarah Hartwell, edited by Sytske Wijnsma

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Börner, Bruno (publ.)

Rose Border

Bruno Börner in Berlin

Handpainted Berlin woolwork pattern on grey cardboard. The repeat is shorter than the actual pattern; only one repeat has been charted. The pattern has been clipped but the maker is known as Bruno Börner in Berlin. The pattern number is not known.

Scan donated by Iva Innocenti, edited and charted by Sytske Wijnsma.

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Modern Handcraft Inc. (publ.)

The Workbasket Volume 12 Number 3 December 2-935

Modern Handcraft Inc.

Folded strip of paper, 8 pages. Crochet: "King's Crown" medallion, handkerchief edgings, "Ripple Stripe" crocheted rug. Knitting: versatile sweater. Tatting: Good Luck tatted star. More crochet: Chair Set, Wheel of Fortune Medaillion.

From the collection of Sarah Dalton, scanned by Seya Wijnsma-Spek, edited by Sytske Wijnsma. Published with kind permission of F+W Media, the current copyright holder.

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La Brodeuse (publ.)

Filet pattern of a chair seat, in green and white.

La Brodeuse, à Paris, Rue Richelieu, 92.

Partially cut-off printed pattern on cream paper in dark green ink. Filet chart of a chair seat with a flower bouquet surrounded by a floral border. Dated January ???

Scan donated by Matthijs Ufkes, edited and charted by Sytske Wijnsma.

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The Spool Cotton Company (publ.)

Chair Sets

Clark's and J&P Coats O.N.T. Book No. 223

The Spool Cotton Company, 745 Fifth Ave., New York 22, N.Y.

Stapled softcover booklet, 16 pages, dated 1945. Thirteen crocheted chair sets, and one that is knitted.

Scans donated and edited by Kathryn Roloff.

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Kuehn, Heinrich (publ.)

Two corner designs

14459

Heinrich Kuehn, Berlin

Handpainted Berlin woolwork pattern on cream cardboard. Publisher is not mentioned, but the prize medals at the top belong to Heinrich Kuehn in Berlin. The pattern shows two corner designs with geometrical elements and small pink and red flowers.

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

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Peterson's Magazine (publ.)

Travelling Satchels

Peterson's Magazine

A torn-out page, one from several from Peterson's Magazine though this is not mentioned on the page itself. Two patterns for embroidery or woolwork, in three colors. One has an all-over repeating pattern with an edge design for the flap, and the other has a shield with an initial in the middle, and a border on three sides.

Scanned by Seya Wijnsma-Spek, edited and charted by Sytske Wijnsma.

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Sajou (publ.)

Dessins de Broderies

Ouvrages de Dames Album No. 324

Paris, Sajou, [1880], accordion foldout

Small brown leporello with three cross-stitch alphabets, one on a single page, the second on three pages, the third on four pages. Intricate designs mostly for decorative purposes.

Scans donated by Priscilla Cailly, edited and charted by Sytske Wijnsma

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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 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 Metaverse Libraries, a nonprofit corporation domiciled in Canada. Registration as charity is in progress.
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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