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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The Spool Cotton Company (publ.)

Pot Holders to the Rescue

Book No. 164

U.S.A., The Spool Cotton Company, 1941, 15 pgs.

24 pages, including covers. Fanciful crocheted potholders. Square Dance, Apron Strings, Mittens, Pastry Board, Fish Story, Hot Plate Mats, Hot Spots, Sugar Cookie, Sweet, Hot, Three Little Maids, Sugar and Cream, Pettycoat Fever, Midnight Snack, Hot Tamale, Country Tea, Popcorn, Chef, Frying Pans, Kiss the Cook, Up pops the Devil, Humpty Dumpty, Clock, Three Piece Set, Big Top, Merry-Go-Round, and four unnamed pot holders.

Scans donated by Jeanine Harmon, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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Patons & Baldwins, Ltd. (publ.)

Supplement to Rugcraft

Autumn 1936

Patons & Baldwins, Ltd.

Four pages, including covers. Twelve rug designs shown in color thumbnails, an advertisement for the Patwin Rug Wool Cutter, a rotary cutter to cut the wool to uniform predetermined length.

Scans donated by Sarah Hartwell, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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Patons & Baldwins, Ltd. (publ.)

Book of Turkey Rugs

237

Patons & Baldwins, Ltd.

12 pages including covers.No copyright notice or publication date given. Instructions for knotting wool rugs and finishing the edges and fiver examples of modern rugs, four rectangular and one half round, with their materials listed but no detailed patterns. The patterns shown are not complex and can probably be made with just the images as guideline. Five crocheted rug designs and instructions for making them, two rectangular, two half round, one oval.

Scans donated by Sarah Hartwell, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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Knotting

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The Spool Cotton Company (publ.)

Home Decoration

Book 76

1936, The Spool Cotton Company

28 pages softcover including covers. Crochet, filet crochet, and sewing. Chair sets, table cloths and placemats. Pattern elements also suitable for other uses. Original book in deplorable condition, some damage still visible in edited images. Patterns are named Star Bright, Chariot Wheel, Moderne, Sunset, Hexagonal, Davenport Set, Peasant, Flowery, Casement Chair Back, Snow Crystal (looks same as Chariot Wheel), Checker Filet, Grapevine, Queen Anne's Lace, Moderne Mesh, Stained Glass.

Scans donated by Peter Ketels, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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Filet crochet

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The Spool Cotton Company (publ.)

Bedspreads Book No. 166

To Knit And Crochet

US, Spool Cotton Company, 1941, 32 pgs

32 pages including covers. Fourteen bedspreads, two knitted, three filet crochet, nine crocheted. Most are constructed from square, hexagonal or round elements. Of course the individual elements can be used for other purposes (think of placemats and pincushions). All made with white or ecru yarn. .Pineapple Popcorn, Traditional, Keepsake (filet crochet), West Wind (knitted), Cockle Shells, Nosegay, Cameo (filet crochet, Irish Melody, Coquette, Golden Age (knitted), Quick Work (filet crochet), Land o' Cotton, Maker of Magic, Dawn o' Day.

Scans donated and edited by Clara Bruning

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Bedspread

Knitlace

Knitting

Filet crochet

Crochet

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United States
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American Red Cross (publ.)

Woman's Coat Sweater

(or Cardigan Sweater)

American Red Cross (publ.)

Single sheet, marked ARC 400-13E Rev. Mar. 1941 Code K-19. Printed instructions for a sweater with buttons in front, ending with directions for folding and bundling. Three sizes are given, small, medium, large.

Scans donated by Becky Gillespie, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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Cordet, Adeline

Crocheted Gift Novelties

With Complete Instructions

Valley Supply Co., St. Louis, Mo.

Stapled softcover, 16 pages including covers. Lots of small items suitable for gifts, from aprons, bags, caps and yokes to flower neckties and pincushion covers.

Scans donated by Seya Wijnsma-Spek, edited by Sytske Wijnsma

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Filet crochet

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J.F. Ingalls (publ.)

Instructions for Patchwork

J.F. Ingalls

Oblong stapled softcover, 32 pages not including covers. 13 pages contain images of embroidery stitches, some quite clumsily drawn, mostly point russe stitches. Next a few actual examples, Block of Crazy Patchwork, Embroidery of Darning Stitches, Table Scarf (felt with blocks of patchwork at either end and fringed), Borders for Crazy Patchwork, Quilt of Silk Patchwork, Decorated Band for Fancy Work, and then some blocks for the more familiar types of patchwork.

Scans donated by Sandra Bejster, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

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Embroidery

Quilting

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United States
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Modern Handcraft (publ.)

The Workbasket Vol. 11 No. 11 - August 1946

Home and Needlecraft for Pleasure and Profit

Modern Handcraft, Kansas City, Mo.

8 pages, page 4 and 5 combined to one. Crochet: Oval doily. Knitting: Baby sweater with mitts Crocheted weaving: Hot mat. Embroidery stitches. Knitting: Luncheon set. Tatting: Pretty Leaf.

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. Transferred to Rijksmuseum Research Library, 2017.

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Knitting

Crochet

Tatting

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United States
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Musee des Familles, Modes Vraies (publ.)

Valance pattern

Musée des Familles, Modes Vraies, rue St Roch, 29

Single sheet, litho. Valance in cross-stitch, tapisserie or possibly beadwork.

From the collection of La Muse Francaise, edited and charted by Sytske Wijnsma.

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Charted

Cross-stitch

Tapestry

Embroidery

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France
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The Narrow Fabric Co. (publ.)

Nufashond Rick Rack Book

Volume 3

Reading, Penn., The Narrow Fabric Company, 1917, 28 pgs.

Stapled softcover, 24 pages not including covers. How to use rick rack for decorative edgings, doilies, pin cushions, handkerchiefs, collars, aprons, shawls. Substantial overlap with volume 1. One page with tatting combined with rick rack.

Scans donated by Hope Wright, edited by Sytske Wijnsma

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Tatting

Sewing

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United States
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Nähfaden-Fabrik vormals Julius Schürer (publ.)

Schürer's Häkel-u. Stickmuster

Gratis-Beilage zu Schürer's Hakelgarn

Nähfaden-Fabrik vormals Julius Schürer, Augsburg

Stapled oblong booklet, 28 pages including covers. 14 pages of crochet examples, 7 pages of cross-stitch or filet patterns, 5 of whitework embroidery. No text, one is supposed to figure it out from the illustrations. Original printed in turquoise ink on yellowish paper.

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

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Alphabet

Charts

Crochet

Cross-stitch

whitework

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German

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 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 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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