Well, two of them have been up for some time, but it was publish or publicity, so few people knew...
First, a beaded rondel. I don't know the style of the design, but I do rather like it. After obtaining permission from the seller, I put a bid on it (don't tell on me, please) and it so happened that I won it. But the strange thing is, the ebay photos were much better than my attempt to make a decent scan and so it has been charted off the ebay photos. I had to guess a bit about the empty patches. Thank you, fresca1260!
The second item is a donation of Iva Innocenti, who contributed a number of lovelies this year, all of which were on my Most Wanted list. That saves us a huge amount of money and time otherwise spent on the hunt. This is the first pdf I put together and I forgot to password-protect it, and also I couldn't quite figure out the watermarking issue so I just watermarked all the images separately. Have a good look at the baby cap at the beginning. I've seen it elsewhere on the net, actually that's what got me looking for this book. More to come! And thank you, Iva!
The third is a donation of Peter Ketels, my long-suffering partner, of a book about gentlemens clothes, military, civilian, ecclesiastic, up to the proper uniform for a Lord Lieutenant. Also, changes to be made for various body types. Thank you, my dear!
There's a book about ladies dress from the same writer, but I've missed one on ebay and haven't seen it since.
Our yearly fundraising has totally been neglected this year. Even now I haven't made the calculations, so can't tell you about how it looks. Judith is working on it. I hope to make the funding ratio acceptable to the IRS. No guarantees, unfortunately.
Although December is a horribly expensive month if you can miss a few dollars or a few scans, please remember us. If you shop on Amazon, choose New Media Arts as favorite charity and they will give us some money too.
Click to support the Antique Pattern Library project to pay for such things as database and website development, web hosting costs, data entry, scanning equipment.
Please remember: scan donations count, too! They save us room (for the books) money (for the shipping price and customs duties and believe me, those can bite), and time for scanning. So of course, dollars are welcome. And scans are welcome too. The limit of small donations is 700 EUR. It may increase if we get more small donations. That's the limit to what you can donate per year and still have it count towards the small donations. It's recalculated every year. If you donate more, the IRS leaves your donations out of the shortfall ratio. So, if you were planning to donate just above the limit, give some to another organization, buy a cup of coffee and donate just the limit amount. 😉
Also, we are looking for people who can afford a one-time larger donation to support our goals for 2016, which will cost us some money. It will help speed up our publication speed, and make more time available for the actual library work, which is sadly suffering. There are several people volunteering on the Dutch end where all the books are stacked, and they have to be introduced to how to do the work properly, which also takes lots of time.
And if you can't afford to give anything, which also happens in these difficult times, introducing the Library to people who don't know of it yet, is very useful, since it broadens our user base and therefore our donor base. I'll try to publish a flyer in black and white which can be printed and used as handout, for anybody wanting to do that. It would be more useful than a visiting card.
Anything you donate for the Library, goes to the Library. The donations of the larger donors are far more than enough to cover our overhead, so what you give, goes straight to Library improvement.
Thank you all and enjoy this new set!
Posted by S. Wijnsma