2017-05-11 Ornamental alphabets, filet patterns, a beadwork firescreen, a new volume in the Design Elements series, a folder with handcolored embroidery patterns from the Rijksmuseum, and a link to blackwork. Five new publications in the Antique Pattern Library!

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B-YS046 Ornamental Alphabets



51 plates of various alphabets, initials and symbols, taken from medieval and renaissance manuscripts. Advertisements for the other books on this subject, and a short introduction.

C-TT006 Le Filet Ancien III



Volume 3 from the well known series; scanned by Tamara Tiekstra and re-charted by Franciska Ruessink.

H-BT001 Ornate beaded firescreen



One of two beaded firescreen banners. Victorian, part embroidery, part beadwork, in monochrome and gold beadwork and shades of blue embroidery. Images donated by ebay seller brought-to-life-again.


H-HH001 Design Elements of Renaissance Embroidery 2



Very extensive inventory of renaissance embroidery design elements. 165 pages of charts, a list of sources, and a guide for people who want to create counted designs but don’t want to use specialized software – if you have a spreadsheet program, that’s sufficient. Permission to publish given by Helen Hough. Images charted and edited by Franciska Ruessink.



H-RM001 Farbige Vorlagen fur Stickerei


Folder with handcolored patterns for tapisserie embroidery, from unknown sources. Many look like they might be 16th-17th Century. Loose patterns in a folder, incomplete. Photographed by Franciska Ruessink and published by permission of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

H-KS001 Ensamplario Atlantio


A digital publication in four pdfs, a treasury of blackwork filling patterns. The New Carolingian Model Book, a previous publication no longer in print, contains similar patterns, but this work will satisfy every embroidery lover who does not wish to shell out anything from 100 to 1600 USD for a used book. The link refers to the official download page for the book; the download links are at the bottom of that page. Permission to include given by Kim Brody Salazar – thank you, Kim!




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