2016-06-18 Three new publications uploaded






This book is al about Casal Guidi embroidery, a 3D embroidery that makes me think of a crossover between embroidery and needle lace. Fabulous work, really shows off your skills. There aren’t many resources for this technique; there have been one or two newer books published, but so recently that they’ll hit the public domain limit when our grandchildren are old – and then there’s this book, from Adele della Porta, explaining in Italian and in images, what it is and how to do it as well as some lovely examples with step-by-step guides. The scans were donated by Iva, who has this book in her collection.  Thank you Iva, for letting everybody else have it too!

This link gives a modern, and entirely clear step-by-step guide, with examples in various colors, if Mme Della Portas explanation might not make things entirely clear.

Stitch Play: Casalguidi Stitch – or Really Raised Stem Stitch!

Then there are two posts about the history and context of this embroidery type as well as some modern examples.







Yet another tea pot stand! This one has been partially beaded and the background was embroidered. The pattern isn’t quite square. The colors of the embroidery have been dimmed by time, but the beads of course kept their color – glass will be glass – and the pattern would also suit modern interiors, where the antique flower bouquets might be more out of place. The listing images were donated by etsy seller exploremag, and the item itself is still for sale. The link is at the top of every detail page, LINK TO ITEM. Thank you!




These images were donated by ebay seller vanye90, who had a lot of these patterns for sale. You’ll see them appear every now and then. She is one of our biggest ebay donors. Thank you, vanye90! I keep an eye on your listings every week.

This is not really embroidery. According to the annotations on the back and the history given by the seller, it is a design for velvet. I don’t quite see how this would be used, unless it’d be woven with different colors before the pile was cut. The two motifs aren’t mirror-images, though they look like it, and in the original design they were far apart, see the first detail image. They can be used to make your own patterns, or as in the original, be used to fill a large area with small motifs here and there. And of course, choose your own colors if these are not to your liking. I am already planning to use them in the embroidery sampler I’m currently working on when not otherwise occupied.



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.

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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