2016-05-18 APL Three new publications uploaded






This is one of a set of pattern supplements of a French publication, La Mode Pratique. Actually, it hasn’t even been scanned yet, I edited the preliminary photographs, because I could not find the scans, nor the original paper. I’d add a photograph of my storage room, but then the conservator will start screaming. Still, the image is clear enough and actually I like the pattern on the back better, clean simple lines. There was some text there too, but that was too blurred, so I just added that as page header and caption. On occasion I might add one or two more from my own collection, but there’s so much from our donors waiting to be published that I give that priority. For people liking the Hungarian stitch illustrated here, it’d be a nice pattern to try. And remember, if you have used it, send us an image. If and when I can get to it, I’ll add that to the page.




Yes, Carol, here is your second booklet, frilly edges and all. I do like those doilies. My foster daughter’s grandmother made me a small doily once, and I still cherish that. The doilies in this book are all white, so the crocheters won’t need a battery of colored yarn. I like the one on page 5, with all frills around it, but I wonder if I ever would dare to put something on it. Too lovely, I’d keep it for showing off only. Thank you, Carol, for these booklets and for scanning them, so that I had not much work to do. And there’s a pdf for this publication too:







And now the first one of another collection that has languished a bit too long in our folders. This is a set of iron-on patterns, small leaves meant for one-time use, and I wonder that if the used ones had been kept, what other beauties there would have been.

The collection was donated by Charles Kite. He provided me with a short biography of Folva Miller, his grandmother, and the original collector.

Folva was born December 13, 1890 in Rutland, Martin, Minnesota and died in Harlingen, Cameron, Texas on February 6, 1972.  The family was resident in San Benito TX for the 1920 census and since Alice was born in Minnesota in 1913 the migration would have been during those years.  Folva was taught needlework by her aunts, and not like it is today: Mother said her aunts made her sit on a stool until she mastered various stitches. And in summer, too! 

For this collection and also several others (such as Jackie Ishers, and Marleen van Horssens collections) I still have to set up a page for that collection only, as well as the photographs of the original collectors and whatever information we can gather. Folva Millers page will be graced by several lovely photographs, of Folva with her husband, and also one with her together with her aunts 😉

Charles Kite and his daughter Naomi sent off the entire lot to me in order to have it scanned. And of course one package got lost in the mail for weeks, while we sat gnawing our nails. Finally it turned out to have been delayed in the mail depot after it passed Customs. My guess is that it fell off a transport cart or something like that and wasn’t noticed until official enquiries were instituted. I was so happy when it finally arrived! Thank you, Charles, for donating the entire lot and providing me with that material. It has all been scanned and now that I’m pensioned off as well, I’ll work on it so it can be shown to everybody. There’s some I’ve never seen elsewhere, and I’ve seen many many books 😉




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.

Scan donations count! 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. Of course, money is always welcome. And scans are equally welcome. In the meantime, you can also support us via Amazon Smile.

The limit of small donations is 700 EUR, a bit more than 700 USD. 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 puts your donations on the other side of the public funding 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. Judith and I spend more time than I like on bookkeeping and IRS compliance and stuff like that. Necessary, but it cuts into the time I have for the Library.

We’ve had one large donation already. That one has helped to improve the programming for the site so that now somebody else is able to do the entire round of publishing (except writing special notices and the blog) on her own, without help from me. That’s going to make it easier to keep publishing every week, even when I’m on holiday.And I can spend more time on editing the acquisitions, and visit people with laptop and scanner in a bag, if they have a suitable book and live within reach.

Basically, what I’m looking for right now is to get professional help to scan the really large publications, sized A2, A1, and maybe even A0, of which we have a chest full. Some leaves are so fragile that we get the chance to scan them once, then they fall apart. I’ve inquired at a nearby photographer, and they will have to build an installation too,  in order to get the sheets properly photographed. The more money I plonk down, the more sheets they can do. And of course, the building and taking down of the installation, as well as closing the studio for one day, will cost money of itself. So, money is very welcome!

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.

The publications are free to download and to share, not to sell. Also the screendumps and later the text pages are published under the creative-commons licence – enjoy, but don’t sell. If ever you see a PDF for sale, especially with the Library creative-commons copyright notice or something that looks like it, we’d be glad to hear. Most we’ve heard of so far are legitimate sellers of their own copies, but every now and then there’s one that isn’t. In such a case, please email us privately with your concerns and give as much detail as possible. We don’t want peoples’ names aired about before we’ve had a chance to look the matter over, in order to protect the truly innocent.

Thanks to all the donors and volunteers, for all the help and new or improved material you provided.

Enjoy this new set.

Best wishes all,


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