NEW PUBLICATIONS on http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/html/warm/news.htm
Before proceeding to the publications (delayed yet again, but to make up for that even more than last time) I’d like to mention that the fundraising appears to have slowed down considerably (to say the least). We will not get even close to our goal if that does not pick up soon – and my crystal ball tells me not to count on that, what with holidays expenses approaching.
In order to keep our budget in order the Board has discussed a few options at the most recent meeting. If we have to plan for getting income separately from the donations that have sustained the Library so far, I don’t want to have to do that in the last week of December, or take a chance of not being able to meet the Library obligations next year, or of not being able to publish a decent amount of items. I will put a poll in the Yahoo forum to find out which options appeal most to our faithful users.
In the meantime, carpe diem, and enjoy these new pearls!
This pattern was donated by ebay seller amgarchive. Four narrow corner motifs, the colors are mainly red, green, and gold. I would not be surprised if the same pattern exists in other color palettes, since the printed patterns contained only symbols, and the choice of colors was left up to the painter. So if red and green are not your colors, try blue, purple and silver. Because the patterns are narrow, it’s not a chore to embroider a length of them. Although if you want to embroider napkins for Christmas, I’d start immediately.
In the Netherlands (and maybe elsewhere) it’s a hobby to make Christmas cards (or New Year cards, or whatever you think fit). I am considering how to use these patterns on such cards. Probably it’s not for this years crop of cards, since I usually make fifty or so. But the colors would fit that purpose. Maybe somebody else has another idea? Embroidered suspenders? I’d love to hear!
Mostly narrow handkerchief edgings, giving an ordinary handkerchief a touch of elegance. The subject has been quite popular, judging by the many books that appeared on the subject, and I confess to having tried my hand at some drawn-work handkerchiefs as well. The scans were donated by Hillie Dijkstra, and edited by Yvonne DeBandi.
This is one of the immense collection of Jackie Islers grandmother – a long leporello with twenty pages. One side is blue and mainly alphabets, the other side is brown and has patterns that look more like blackwork.
A simple alphabet, an early pattern of Heinrich Kuehn, handpainted in three colors. The images were donated by ebay seller tinaldw, of whom we have more in the pipeline. This was easy to chart, and so moved to the head of the queue.
This pattern was charted off an antique ebay item. Unfortunately the seller never answered my request for permission to republish his or her images, so we’ll have to make do with the reconstructed pattern only. I have changed the colors a bit, since the choice of background color was often left to the customers. The executed work had a red background, but I’ve changed that to dark blue at the edges and lighter blue in the middle, as seen on many other executed embroideries. It goes better with the motif colors as well, to my eye. But if you prefer red, make it so.
The fifth Filet album from Adele Della Porta, a donation from (who else) Iva Innocenti. Some patterns were quite popular, I’ve seen them as executed work on ebay often. Especially the little putti have had a widespread circulation. The patterns are not all monochrome, many have been made with the point de reprise as well as the point de toile, giving two shades. Thank you, Iva, and your other publications will follow soon!
G-BA003 (Sajou) Religious motifs
A single embroidery pattern leaf, once part of a leporello. I seem to remember that this might be a Sajou pattern. It is clearly religious, probably meant for church vestments. We have another lamb motif from the Museum of New Zealand, that will be published next week. The image was donated by ebay seller bobinedantan.
And this is the New Zealand pattern-of-the-week, a flower garland, but it’s not entirely closed. Very colorful. Very, very, colorful (some 40 colors on a not-too-large pattern) and clearly a boon for floss sellers. However, if you still have little remnants of floss there’s nothing to prevent you from executing the flowers in some other color. After all some patterns show white flowers only, and brown-orange-gold leaves, on a royal blue background, to name a more exceptional color palette.
The image is not too clear on the post, click on it to go to a better-resolution version on our fundraising page.
The overall trend is clear, though – the donations of the past 3 weeks totaled less than 100 USD and it looks like we’ll reach the halfway mark at the end of the fundraising time.
Currently we have hired some paid editors in order to get the publications out faster. Since I took the Treasurer job, I have not enough time for publications (which you’ll have noticed during the year) and this was the only way to eat into our backlog. The costs so far have been covered by our fundraising campaign last year. Next year, though, is not looking good. We are considering a few options about how to improve our finances if the fundraising stays at this level. I’ll keep you informed!
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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.