2016-11-23 Nine new publications uploaded

In view of the approaching deadline for fundraising, first the fundraising, and then the publications – first the sour, then the sweet, as a former politician used to say when announcing budget cuts and other unpleasant measures. Since doing bookkeeping cuts into time I’d otherwise spend on publishing, again, again, it’s been more than a week, and now there are nine publications. Maybe we can set a ten-year record soon!


These last two weeks, 468 dollars donated, passing the halfway point! Thank you!
As you can see on the chart, the trend downward has resumed, much to our relief. After all, we want to publish as fast as possible, and if that costs money, that’s well-spent. Remember, next year we can spend no more than the amount that gets donated this year!

Because we may not make our goal, the maximum of small donations has been lowered to USD 1200. I had hoped to be able to accept up to USD 1500 in scan donations from our larger donors, but unfortunately some will have to wait until next year. That’s how it goes 🙁


The image is not too clear on the post, click on it to go to a better-resolution version on our fundraising page.

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 1200 USD (see above), just to be safe. 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!!!



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



F-WC005 The Railway Travelling Bag

A pattern for a larger purse, according to its name meant as travelling luggage. (There’s another similar purse, also called a travelling bag, so the word travelling belongs to the bag, not to the pattern.) Of course there’s a suitable motif in the center, a locomotive that is now considered antique, but might still have been current when the pattern was published (probably 1864). The pattern is from the Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine, donated by ebay seller whirlycat. Thank you, Marie, for eight lovely patterns!





G-TP020 Grunthals Verlag 2870, Lamb and Cross

As promised last week, here is the lamb-and-cross pattern donated by the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa. The designer placed the lamb on a cushion, much as the cats and dogs of that time were pictured on cushions. On looking back, last weeks lamb-and-cross pattern might have a cushion too – I considered it a book from its shape, but I’m not so sure anymore. That pattern was a Rouyer pattern – it turns out it’s already in the catalog too, although not charted. Thank you, Victoria of New Zealand, for helping us to get permission to publish this one!



G-MH003 Heinrich Kuehn 5438, twelve small flower motifs

Another one of the four patterns donated by Marianne van der Heijden, and again, a collection of small motifs. These are all very small floral motifs, probably meant for embellishing brushes, small purses, powder puff boxes and such. Thank you, Marianne! I know it was a hassle to get them scanned, but we are all very happy that you took the trouble!




G-AA004 Hertz & Wegener 11246

Two geometric border designs, somewhat wider than the narrow ones of last week, and with a similar color scheme. Image donated by ebay seller amgarchive. The repeats are short, and if you want to use it to make a frame around a mirror on photograph, it’ll be easy to get more or less the size that you need. With long repeats that would be far more difficult. Thank you, amgarchive, for donating such lovelies!



G-HD002 Lily Book no. 400 Tablecloths, luncheon sets and runners

The title says it all: everything for your holiday table, all in vintage style. From the collection of Hillie Dijkstra, edited by Yvonne DeBandi.  I particularly like the glass muffs – look at the end of the book. Even your glasses of water get a crochet make-over!  Thank you, Hillie, for letting me dig in your collection!



G-II007 Adele Della Porta: Il Punto Milano

Another of Iva Innocenti’s collection: Milanese lace. While I am not a lace expert, it sort-of looks like tape lace designs connected with needle lace backgrounds, and reminds me a bit of Valenciennes lace. Adele Della Portas designs are of course fabulous, and with Google Translate nobody has to wonder anymore how to make those beautiful borders, collars, doilies, and cuffs. The “tape” is not loose tape bought separately and then sewn together, but is made on the design itself, judging from the illustrations. Thank you, Iva!  We’re making headway with your collection 😉



F-WC008 Sajou, Swiss chalet

A Sajou pattern, published by Le Moniteur des Dames & des Demoiselles. It shows a traditional Swiss chalet, although this type of house occurs in other countries as well, of course.  The image was donated by ebay seller whirlycat.



F-WC003 Sajou, Quarter square pattern

Another Sajou pattern, also donated by ebay seller whirlycat. This is a quarter pattern of a square design. Actually, since it has a diagonal mirror line, this is the only pattern that you need. For other quarter patterns sometimes it’s required to do the mirror image of the design, in this case just rotate the pattern and there you are. But we’ve added a complete pattern and pattern chart as well, so you can see how it looks when you’ve finished the pillow cover or whatever else you will use it for. It was published by the Journal des Dames & des Demoiselles.



F-WC007, Sajou, Border pattern with leaves and red berries

And the last item, Sajou, and also published by the Journal des Dames et des Demoiselles, and donated by ebay seller whirlycat. The pattern itself shows a single round motif, repeated to make a border, but quite useful on its own, for a pin cushion or similar small items. I hesitated whether the center red motif was a flower or berries, but after looking it over it appears to me too rounded to be a flower. Berries it is, then.


Enjoy these new publications, and we are already hard at work for the next round!


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  1. I see the notify-me-of-new-posts checkbox before I started writing this reply, so I figure comments by everybody are not necessary. Also, these posts auto-repeat on Facebook so if you follow us there, you get notified automatically, I presume. If you are a forum member and opt to have special notices emailed then you get the new-publication-added message there as well – many, many possibilities!
    Probably there’ll be another publication round next week, I’ve lined up four publications already as of yesterday, so you will know soon if your chosen tactic is working 😉
    Best wishes,

  2. Hey Sytske,
    I love being able to see the news and new publications through this blog – being able to see a gif of the new patterns is great. Is it at all possible to install a “follow” button so I can get new posts in my inbox? Or is there another way to do this?
    All the best
    PS Aha! Now I’m leaving a comment it’s asking me if I want to be notified of new posts via an email, but does that mean everyone who wants to Follow needs to leave a comment? I want FB about the blog to let my network of embroiderers know but I thought I’d ask about this first

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