2017-06-01 Venetian needlelace, very rare embroidery patterns from the Rijksmuseum, ladies magazines, crochet – Seven new publications in the Antique Pattern Library!


Franciska and I have gone on expedition to the Rijksmuseum Research Library – a treasure house of books and other publications. It is several floors high, all the walls stacked with books, and stairs and walkways to provide access. At the bottom of that pit, there’s rows of tables and a desk at the front where you can go and fetch the books on your requisition. They even give you a small pillow so the books don’t suffer when opened. Photography is not allowed, I can’t show images of what it looks like.

Franciska had requested several titles that seemed interesting and so they were. A 19th century facsimile print of a sixteenth century needle lace book, and several books with weaving and embroidery patterns, as well as a folder with unknown embroidery patterns. That folder contained very early handpainted woolwork patterns, printed in Amsterdam, which I had never seen before, and never heard of the publisher either. Quite a large lot of whitework embroidery patterns, and several Berlin woolwork patterns from more well known publishers, all hidden in that single folder.

By permission of the Rijksmuseum we could photograph what we wanted, if and only if it is published under the Creative Commons noncommercial attributive share-alike licence – familiar to all Antique Pattern Library visitors. We present some of the fruits of that expedition in this round of publications. The previous round had another set from the Rijksmuseum, to which we’ve been able to add the pdf this week.

The Rijksmuseum Library site is https://library.rijksmuseum.nl/ and it originally shows in Dutch (at least, it did for me). If it does so for you, there’s a little flag in the top black banner that says Talen. Click on it and pick English. It may be that the language is automatically selected, I don’t know.

New publications, then:

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


H-RM024 Maaskamp 1 – 2de Stuk



A small but wide pattern sheet, with three patterns: two repeating patterns and in the middle a small oval motif. It’s one of the few patterns printed in the Netherlands. No date is known, but it looks like the patterns in the first half of the nineteenth century.
Photographed and published by permission of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.


H-ML001 Madame Elises Ladies Book of the Month (April 1867)



Fashions, crochet, tatting, glass painting, etiquette, wax flowers. A small monthly publication, also featuring the first chapter of the wonderful story of Peter the Schlemihl, who sold his shadow to the Devil. For people curious for the end of the story,  see the complete book on Archive.org. Scans donated by M. Leigh Martin, edited by Sytske Wijnsma.


H-RM004 Venetianische Nadelarbeiten



A facsimile reprint of an Italian lace design book from 1558. The German prologue mentions 38 pages of patterns, but there are only 37. We compared the photographs to another copy in the Royal Library in the Hague, and that one had exactly the same 37 pages. Mostly venetian lace, one filet/crossstitch page.

Photographed and published by permission of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Edited by Sytske Wijnsma.

G-HD004 Laces & Corners



Edgings and corners in crochet and filet crochet. Mostly for tablecloths, runners, tray mats. Also two crocheted edges for handkerchiefs.
Donated by Hillie Dijkstra, edited by Yvonne DeBandi.

F-WM021 Petit Echo de la Broderie 1900-01-28



Weekly periodical with various types of needlework, a cross-stitch pattern on the front cover, round or square depending on execution. A large Battenberg lace design, whitework embroidery, initials M, and a smaller G and S, and three pages with text and advertisements. The embroidery pattern on the front page has been charted as well. Scans donated by Peter Ketels, edited by Sytske Wijnsma

C-YS719 Studio: Modern Design in Jewellery and Fans




Fabulous collection of jewellery and fan designs, by The Studio, 1901-1902. From the collection of Sytske Wijnsma, edited by Silvia Brandmeier. The book is in atrocious condition, already in pieces and Silvia had to solve quite a puzzle to get the pages in the proper order, which I hadn’t had the heart to start with. Well done, Silvia!


H-RM026 Oak branch with acorns, nr 577, unknown publisher



Handpainted Berlin woolwork pattern, oak branch with acorns. The makers name has been cut off.
Photographed and published by permission of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Charted by Sytske Wijnsma.

Then, again, as usual, our plea for donations, in order for the project to survive. If you value our work, and you can afford it, we are grateful for every dollar.

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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 also our donor base.

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Thank you all, and enjoy the new and old treasures!






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