Antique Pattern Library

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Preserving artistic heritage, creating digital heritage.

Antique Pattern Library (APL), an online pattern library at, provides scans of public domain crafts and design books for free, to anyone who wants to use them, under Creative Commons licensing. Our objective is to preserve our craft heritage in our hands; scanning and preparing donated scans so they can be downloaded by users with limited bandwidth and internet connections, and printed easily for use by craftspeople.

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