2016-10-27 Seven new publications uploaded

NEW PUBLICATIONS on http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/html/warm/news.htm

I’ll take this opportunity to give special thanks to Jackie Isler and Charles Kite, who took our mission to preserve our heritage quite personally, and donated their family archive of craft material, and to Iva Innocenti, who donated whatever we would want from her own archive. We would like to publish all in one fell swoop – that’s not possible, but with a steady drip drip drip we should get the publications out eventually.

The fundraising is slacking off a bit – autumn holiday for many of us. Just remember, donations will increase publication speed!



Berlin woolwork purse design

Although the original image from ebay has been preserved, mainly on Pinterest and Google Images, I have not been able to trace the photographer. Therefore, we don’t have permission to show that image, and this publication consist of only the charted design. It was a handpainted Berlin embroidery pattern, therefore the design itself is in the public domain, although I might have had to change the odd square in order to correct errors. No original maker or publisher is known. The pattern shows a purse in the “jewelled” style that must have been quite in fashion for a while, considering the many surviving patterns in that style.




Floral vertical border design for a chair

The original item is a chair seat (and back) in black velvet with a Berlin woolwork pattern down the middle. The images were donated by ebay seller loodylady, and the design charted by Linda Walker.  Lovely floral medaillons on a green background; the colors have faded a little but the seller included an image of the back of the embroidery, showing the original colors.


Lady and gentleman, embroidery pattern

Quite a long list of colors in this pattern. It shows an outdoor scene with a straw-hatted lady and a gentleman about to offer her a bouquet of roses. This beauty comes from the collection of Helen Balmat Gorman, and the scan was donated by her granddaughter Jackie Isler – with many more to come. This was such a lovely design that it got published before the others. Charted by Franciska Ruessink, who did a great job on the patterns in this collection.


Cutwork Crochet, Lily Design Book 81

This is a crochet leaflet from the fifties, donated by Hillie Dijkstra. It contains table runners, doilies, placemats and even an apron. Edited by Yvonne DeBandi.


Adele della Porta, Punto di Venezia 1

Another rare lace book from Adele della Porta, from the collection of Iva Innocenti. Iva donated quite a number of Italian needlework books that you might see once in a year on ebay – if you keep looking – and if you have deep pockets. We are fortunate that Iva decided to let us have any and all that might be interesting. Lovely lace! Edited by Yvonne DeBandi.


Striped pattern on old chair

This one is from my own family. My aunt (who died two years ago) had kept in her small apartment some pieces of furniture that originally belonged to her parents, who owned a small freight ship. There’s still photographs of my sisters and me crawling around that ship as toddlers (no, not for publication). I’ve known this chair as long as I can remember, but only after I started working for New Media Arts, I noticed the pattern on the chair and I asked my aunt if she would donate the images of the pattern to the Library, which she did. The stripe is nearly as broad as the entire chair seat and back.


Priscilla Hedebo and Cutwork Book

Forty pages on cutwork and its many variations: Spanish, Italian, Venetian,  Richelieu, and Moorish cutwork. Very rare. At this moment there is no original on sale. Priscilla published another book about Italian Cutwork  only,  also in the Library, see Priscilla Italian Cutwork Book. From the collection of Folva Miller, donated by her grandson Charles Kite, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.


Fundraising now! Goal: 6000 USD!


The last two weeks, 12 dollars donated – many grains of sand will a mountain make! On top of that, there was a donation for NMA-general support of 150 USD and two larger ones for another project.

Thank you!

Donate now to support the Antique Pattern Library project to pay for such things as database and website development, web hosting costs, data entry, scanning equipment, and help us meet the public funding ratio, which allows us to keep our nonprofit status, making your donations tax-deductible, depending on where you live and on the local tax laws and tax treaties.

Scan donations count too! They save us room (for the books) money (for the shipping price and customs duties), and time (for scanning).And if you are an Amazon customer, you can also support us via Amazon Smile. If you click on the Amazon link before you start shopping, Amazon will set aside a little bit from their profit on what you spend and give that to us.

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The limit of small donations is 1500 USD, actually a little bit more but that’s a nice round number. It increases 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.

On the other hand, we are looking for people who can afford a one-time larger donation to support our goals for the coming year, which will cost us some money.It will help speed up our publication rate, and make more time available for the actual library work, which is sadly suffering, because we as Board members have to spend more time than we like on bookkeeping and IRS compliance and stuff like that. Necessary, but it cuts into the time we have for the Library. Your donations will help us hire help for the elementary tasks and for editing.

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.

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. To give you an idea of what your donation would do: USD 10 pays for our hosting costs for a month (at the moment) or an hour of administrative assistance. USD 40 pays for an hour of graphical editing. USD 50 allows us to take one of our RESERVE publications and release it for publication. USD 100 pays for 1TB backup for the scans and edited files. (Currently we have 5 TB data.) Larger donations in the past have paid for fast A3 scanners, website help, and hours of editing, as well as a start with putting our Library records online in a way that they will show up in professional library searches.

FYI, the books we buy are paid out of our private purses, which are not exceedingly well-filled but currently still up to that task.

Thank you!!!


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