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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.

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N. Alexandre & Cie (publ.)

Alphabets Varies

No. 186

N. Alexandre & Cie, Rue St. Martin, 241, Paris.

Small hardcover booklet, 8 pages, 2 alphabets for whitework.

Scanned and edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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LB01H

Alphabet

Embroidery

whitework

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France
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Mertens-Goetjes, C.

Die Kreuzsticharbeit

verbesserte auflage

MEZ A.G., Freiburg

Softcover book, 90 numbered pages. Short description of how-to execute different cross-stitch variations and then 68 color plates of antique cross-stitch patterns newly executed. Some close-ups and charts included. Pattern sheets were to be sold separately and are not present here.

Scans donated by Ruby Struiksma, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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LB01G

Embroidery

Charts

Cross-stitch

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German
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Trube, P

7865

265361148318 Antique Hand Painted Pattern Berlin 1800's P. Trube Needlework History !

P. Trube, Berlin

Handpainted repeating pattern on greyish paper. Grid size 90x74.

Images donated by ebay seller joan10605, charted by Sytske Wijnsma. Pattern from her grandmother's needlework studio in Manhattan, LaMer's Studio, from 1909-1967, where she taught needlework and did work for musea and famous customers.

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BerlinWork

Embroidery

Charted

Cross-stitch

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German
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Modern Handcraft, Inc. (publ.)

The Workbasket Vol. 11 No. 2

Home and Needlecraft for Pleasure and Profit Ideas for the Bazaar, the Home, Gifts and Sparetime Moneymakers - with Many Inexpensive, Easily Made Articles that find a Ready Sale

Kansas City, Modern Handcraft, Inc.

8 pages, folded strip of paper. Crochet: Crocheted Pineapple Apron, Pansy Chair Set, Crocheted Compact Covers. Knitting: Lace-stripe Knitted Scarf or Muffler.

Scans donated by M. Leigh Martin, edited by Sytske Wijnsma. Published with kind permission of F+W Media, the current copyright holder.

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LB01E

Crochet

Knitting

Knitting

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United States
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The Priscilla China Painting Book

Containing full instructions for decorating in flat color and enamels, lustre and gold. Also, a number of designs shown in actual size for tracing.

1923, The Priscilla Publishing Company, Boston, Mass.

40 pages not including cover. Stapled softcover. Subtitle says it all. Most designs by Elizabeth Mackenzie Roth.

From the collection of Folva Miller, donated by her grandson Charles Kite, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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Drawing

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United States
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Calendar 1927

Rubáyiát of Omar Khayyam

Bi-weekly calendar of the year 1927, with on each page three verses of the Rubáyiát of Omar Khayyam. This calendar is suitable for the year 2022. On the back a small calendar for the year 1928.

From the estate of Frans Wijnsma, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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LB01B

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United Kingdom
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The Wildspur Way

Agents - C. Swatton & Co., Drapers, PURLEY

Stapled oblong softcover booklet, 12 pages including covers. An advertisement leaflet with nine items illustrated in color, showing possible use of Wildspur embroidery threads. The actual traced patterns aren't included, but could be obtained from the supplier. Table centre or tray cloth, Orchid tea cloth, May Flower cushion, border designs, djibbeh for a young girl, tea cosy, explanation of embroidery stitches.

Booklet donated by Peggy April, scanned and edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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LB01A

Embroidery

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United States
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Spool Cotton Company (publ.)

Tatting - Luncheon sets, Doilies, Collars, Edgings

Book No. 183

1942, The Spool Cotton Company

24 pages including covers. Luncheon sets containing centerpiece, place doilies, bread and butter plate doilies, and even glass doilies. Bread tray doilies, a tatted corner for a linen doily, collars and cuffs, kerchief edgings, flower spray and boutonniere, T-square tablecloth insertion, motifs for household linens, curtain pulls, doilies, edgings suitable for towels and other purposes.

Book donated by Janet Porsche, scanned and edited by Sytske Wijnsma. Transferred to Rijksmuseum Research Library.

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LB019

Tatting

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United States
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Kuehn, Heinrich (publ.)

Moderne Stickvorlagen - No. 774

Dessins de Broderies Modernes

Heinrich Kuehn, Berlin

Leporello with on one side six patterns pages in two colors: five wide corner designs, five medium corner designs, three very narrow ones and three narrow borders, as well as one all-over repeating floral pattern. On the other side three alphabets known from other Heinrich Kuehn publications, the curly-letters on three pages, the gothic alphabet on two pages, and the remaining page italic capitals.

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

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LB018

Alphabet

Embroidery

Charted

Corner

Edge

Cross-stitch

Beading

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German
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The Workbasket Vol. 11 No. 1

Home and Needlecraft for Pleasure and Profit Ideas for the Bazaar, the Home, Gifts and Sparetime Moneymakers - with Many Inexpensive, Easily Made Articles that find a Ready Sale

Kansas City, Modern Handcraft

8 pages. Knitting: Spiderweb Fascinator. Sewing: Apron From a Towel. Crochet: Bandeau, Brooch and Earrings, Frills, Snowflake, Curtain Tie Back and Napkin Ring in "Crocheted Needlepoint" (with a charted alphabet), Crocheted Dish Cloth, Crocheted Hot Dish Mats.

Scans donated by M. Leigh Martin, edited by Sytske Wijnsma. Published with kind permission of F+W Media, the current copyright holder.

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LB017

Charts

Alphabet

Knitting

Crochet

Sewing

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United States
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Spool Cotton Company (publ.)

Doilies

Book No. 184

1942, The Spool Cotton Company

24 pages, stapled softcover, copyright 1942. Crocheted and knitted doilies, some filet crochet charts. Irish Crochet Doily, luncheon sets, table runners. Chic Circles, Rose o'Summer doily, Two-in-One, Williamsburg doily, Doily Drama with flower motif, Flowerstrewn runner with flower motifs,Scallop Shell small doilies and centerpiece, Midsummer Day runner, Hero's Salute filet crochet with eagle and shields, As You Like It tray doily, Staff of Life bread tray filet crochet doily, Lazy Susan filet crochet placemat, Hemlock Ring knitted doily, Starry Night knitted doily, Marlborough crocheted luncheon set, Flower Spoke crocheted doily, Chatelaine luncheon set, doilies in four sizes, Please Check It checkerboard patterned runner, Heart's Ease, floral doily, Whirl-a-way crocheted pinwheel doily, Pinwheel Trio doilies.

Book donated by Judith Parrish, scanned and edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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LB016

Charts

Crochet

Filet crochet

Irish crochet

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United States
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Stella d'Italia

No. 25

Oblong softcover stapled album, 16 pages not including covers. Approx. 1920 (estimate seller). Two alphabets, border and corner designs, several names and on the back cover embroideries for redwork or similar. The backcover originally had a purple background, now white, to make the patterns more legible.

From the collection of Iva Innocenti, scanned and edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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LB015

Alphabet

Embroidery

whitework

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Italy
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American Thread Co. (publ.)

Crochet For Christmas

Star Christmas Book No. 94

American Thread Company

16 pages, stapled softcover. Small crocheted items for Christmas: St Nick yarn doll, Cornucopia, Snowman, Tree Top Angel, Christmas Tree Ornaments, Snowflakes, Christmas bells, Shade Pulls, Christmas Lapel Ornaments, Christmas Tree Potholder, Bun Warmer, Glass Jacket, Santa Claus Doll, Mary Christmas Doll, Fairy Princess Doll.

From the collection of Orna Smith, scanned by Seya Wijnsma-Spek and edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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LB014

Crochet

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United States
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American Thread Co. (publ.)

The Variety Book of Crochet

Book 10

American Thread Company, 260 West Broadway, New York, NY

Stapled softcover, 32 pages including cover. Designs by Cecilia Vanek. Curtain pulls, pot holders, filet scarf with squirrels, bread tray doily, hot plate mats, filet square motifs, star doily, two other round doilies, curtains, curtain tie backs, tea cloth, luncheon set, dressoir scarf, chair sets, face cloth, carnation dish cloth.

From the collection of Orna Smith, scanned and edited by Sytske Wijnsma. Transferred to Textile Research Center in Leiden.

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Charts

Crochet

Filet crochet

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United States
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The Spool Cotton Company (publ.)

Sewing for Babies

Book No. S-12

1943 The Spool Cotton Company

24 pages including covers. Wartime publication about how to sew a baby layette, all basic necessities for baby care. Most patterns referred to were sold separately by different publishers, a list is given with each item. Applique baby quilt and terry cloth toys for which patterns are included.

From the collection of Orna Smith, scanned and edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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LB012

Sewing

Quilting

OS

United States
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Album Roma

N. 34

Stapled softcover, oblong, 16 pattern pages. No date or maker given. All whitework embroidery patterns, no charted designs. Two alphabets and various borders and motifs, some including other initials and names. Probably around 1910.

From the collection of Iva Innocenti, scanned and edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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LB011

Alphabet

Embroidery

whitework

II

Italy
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Spool Cotton Co. (publ.)

Choice designs in Crochet

Book 69

The Spool Cotton Company

28 pages including covers. Lace Frill Jabot, Cluny Collar and Cuffs, Cowl Yoke Blouse, Fedora Hat, Regal Turban, The Co-Ed, Bellhop Hat, Debonnaire, Knot Stitch Frill Collar and Jabot, Peter Pan Frill, Waistcoat, Eton Tailored Collar Set, Shirtwaist Blouse, Chain Link Belt and Pocket Set, Dolman Two-Piece Dress, Dotted Crocheted Cardigan, Edgings, Popcorn Trail Bedspread, Flower Field Mat, Hailstone Medaillion Table Mat.

Book donated by Orna Smith, scanned and edited by Sytske Wijnsma

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LB010

Crochet

OS

United States

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!

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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

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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

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