2016-07-04 Three new publications uploaded – all embroidery





Finally I got back to Marleen Van Horssens legacy: around 250 embroidery patterns and  supplements from French needlework magazines from the 19th and early 20th Century. And I discovered a whole box of stuff I have not even cataloged yet – not even photographed yet. (Our backlog has a backlog of its own.)

This pattern is not handpainted, as it might look like on the smaller image, but it’s lithographed. Not an exceptionally old pattern. The subject is a dog sitting on a brocaded cushion, probably a Doberman. It certainly looks like the Doberman who used to bark at me every time I went past its house; the ears are smaller than I see on photographs on wikipedia. Most patterns that have a “dog on cushion” tag are for small dog breeds. I’ve yet to find one of a pitbull or German shepherd. Larger dogs are rare – so I picked this one first – besides, it’s a small pattern, and I have not had much time this week.





The second one is a repeating border, rather wide, also a printed pattern. It’s from Ann Lawrences collection. The publisher is the Young Ladies Journal and around the pattern are various offers for yarn, and a frame to put the completed embroidery in. I never knew what a fender stool was until I visited the Sherlock Holmes museum in London a few years back, and they had one in the main room. I photographed it for the pattern, as well. It was quite quite worn, so I don’t know if I will ever get around to reconstructing it. This pattern is fairly simple with limited colors, probably to make it easier for young girls to embroider. It certainly was easier to chart because of that.



And then the surprise-of-the-week – a very rare pattern from A. Todt in Berlin, and as I write it’s even still an active listing on ebay. The auction will end very soon, though, but maybe if it’s not sold it might be relisted – follow the LINK-TO-ITEM at the top to see. I’m quite charmed by this pattern, I never saw a collection of shells pattern before. Yes, shells with doves and flowers, but not like this. When I look at modern patterns of collections of antiques, or collections of kitchen utensils, I always thought was a modern idea to embroider collections. Well, this pattern proved me wrong. The colors are simple and few shades, and the result is lovely, lovely.  The only change I made was putting the shells closer together to eliminate the horizontal empty space in the middle. If you’re a stickler for authenticity, the listing images will show you how much to add.



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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.

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Enjoy this new set.

Best wishes all,


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