Antique Pattern Library

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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 


Modern Handcraft Inc. (publ.)

The Workbasket Vol. 11 No. 12- September 1946

Home and Needlecraft for Pleasure and Profit

Modern Handcraft Inc., Kansas City, MO

8 pages. Crochet: luncheon set, child's muff and beanie, collar, dainty daisy motif. Tatting: hexagon tatted doily. Knitting: knitted scarf.

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.








United States  PDF 


Kuehn, Heinrich

Two trees and a rose bush


Heinrich Kuehn, Berlin.

Handpainted Berlin woolwork pattern on cream cardboard. Shows two potted evergreen trees with red fruit or flowers, a rose bush between them, and a potted plant with blue flowers above the rose bush. Can be extended to a border by copying the middle piece.

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










German  PDF 


Low, Frances H.

Queen Victoria's Dolls

1894, London, George Newnes, Limited. 8, 9, 10, 11 Southampton Street

The collection of dolls that Queen Victoria played with and dressed when she was a child, early 1800s. Theatrical personages and ladies of the Court were represented. There were 132 dolls, about half of them are shown. here. Very, very rare book.

Scans donated and edited by Hope Wright.






United Kingdom  COLOR 


Eight traditional German maxims

Eight single sheets, probably from one booklet, printed in red and green on a green grid. Each has a traditional maxim, about food (give us today our daily bread, clean kitchen and good wine cellar means a tasty meal, a happy face is the best dish, drink and eat and do not forget God), about the clean linens (grown in sun and wind and bleached on green grass it lies now in the locker as pride for the German housewife), about the house (sweet home is happiness only), about patience (do not hurry, good things will wait), and about work (work is an ornament to people - blessing is the reward of effort). Some damage to the bottom of a few patterns, but missing parts have been reconstructed.

Image donated by ebay seller Doris Klapp, edited and charted by Sytske Wijnsma.








German  PDF 


Wicht, Carl F.W. (publ.)

Slipper top

125640277730 Antique Berlin Hand Painted WoolWork Pattern F.W. Wicht 7.25 x 4 78

Berlin, Carl F.W. Wicht

Handpainted Berlin woolwork pattern on light grey cardboard. Slipper top with leaves in autumn colors and red stalks on a black background. Pattern looks symmetrical, but isn't.

Image donated by ebay seller tokisantiques, edited and charted by Sytske Wijnsma.













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!

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.
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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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