2017-09-13 Embroidery patterns, crochet, our first Workbasket, lots of tapestry designs, Filet Ancien, and a stunning Berlin woolwork sampler. Fifty-four new publications in the Antique Pattern Library!


Our yearly fundraiser will start next week. I just couldn’t wait another week with publications! The Workbasket project will be the focus this year. As you all may know we have permission from F+W Media to republish the Workbasket magazine and I’d like to do that faster than our usual speed,  since there’s hundreds of them. I want to hire editors to help with the editing, especially of the later issues because those look like they might be more work. And of course we’ll have to pay for transport, and maybe even a new hard drive because there’ll be many many scans. I will work this week on the estimated budget and next week the new page and goal will be up.  And I hope we make it!


H-DV001 to H-DV048 Deventer Tapestry designs

The tapestry designs are really a large lot. All charted and edited by Franciska Ruessink, who did a great job, and rather than hold them back, I’d like to publish them all together. If you would want to embroider or knot a carpet or another large item, you now have all available designs to choose from, and don’t run the risk of starting one design and next month seeing one that appeals even more.

The designs are from the Historical Museum in Deventer, now closed, and the director of the succeeding organization Deventer Verhaal kindly gave us permission to use all the available images, for which we are truly grateful.  The descriptions and documentation of each design is not yet complete. We have to add the linkbacks, the name of the designer, and the pdfs also still have to be made.  Please expect changes to these publications later.

It’s not feasible to show all individual links for this set. Please go to the news page or the Deventer page to see them all. But here are the thumbnails:






H-FR002 Der Bazar 1856



These are selected embroidery patterns from all the issues of the German ladies magazine Der Bazar, for the year 1856. We only have the charts, not the permission to publish the originals from this year. All charted by Franciska Ruessink.

Actually, there’s some fifty or more sets of these patterns. Some years have more than a hundred patterns, others no more than ten or so. Expect more in the future! Also, some patterns are clearly duplicates of designs from other publishers. Those that have been published already have been left out. Later, when there’s time, we may do a cross reference of who printed which pattern.


E-WM005 Vrij Borduurwerk 2



To our Dutch readers this may be a familiar series. Maria Van Hemert was a well-known textile expert and she wrote this series of manuals to accompany a set of pattern plates, which we hope to scan and publish later. This is number 6 of a series of 7. This manual is about art embroidery and the stitches used in that. The series was published by the Nederlandse Bond van Plattelandsvrouwen, at that time the organization of women in rural areas. The successor of that organization, Vrouwen van Nu, gave very kindly permission to republish the lot. We are very happy to be able to make these available to everybody. Of course, learning Dutch in order to read them may be too much of an effort, but the illustrations are self-explaining, and who knows, we might even eventually see if we can get them translated.



H-WS006 Mrs. Mee Shortway Edgings



An early pattern book for crochet edgings, quite small and unassuming, but with lovely patterns. The scans were donated by my mother.


H-LZ001 Emma Werla’s Sampler



And then something truly marvellous: Emma Werla’s Berlin woolwork sampler!

Once upon a time in the eighties, there was a little book printed about this fabulous woolwork sampler, 6 meters in length , and with 46 embroidered designs, separated by 45 different border designs. Emma Werla must have been a remarkable young person with an even more remarkable patience. But it’s nowhere to be found with internet searches.

But last winter, my niece brought a friend at a family gathering and this friend studies in Leipzig, where the sampler was photographed in 1981, although the museum was nowhere to be found (probably closed). He found out where the sampler currently was, still in Leipzig, and in the Grassi Museum, and asked and got permission to photograph the entire sampler. The sampler is too fragile to be photographed on the back as well, so we have only limited images from the back, but at least we have it documented now with high-resolution photographs – and we have permission to publish those photographs! Thank you, Stefanie from the Grassi Museum, to make this possible! Thank you, Enzo, for your patience and your beautiful photographs!

We are working on a separate page with a single overall image of the entire sampler, to be scrolled and zoomed, that may take a while yet. Also the border designs have not yet been charted. There’s more work to be done, but in the meantime, enjoy this stunning display of needlework art, even though the moths have taken a bite here and there. Fabulous. Truly, truly magnificent.


C-TT009 Le Filet Ancien V



The fifth Filet Ancien! Yes, we are progressing steadily! Thank you, Franciska, for charting the patterns, even the very small ones at the back!

H-WB001 The Workbasket Vol. 9 No. 3



And to close our list, the very first of our Workbaskets. This one was already in our possession, but having no permission, was on a stack to do later. Thanks to the very generous permission of F+W Media, publisher of Interweave books and and well-known to our weaving members, we can now publish the entire lot. I have made a separate workbasket page, where this one is now a lonely scout. But we’ll get them all there!



Yes, a plea for donations, in order for the project to survive and flourish. Especially for those Workbaskets! If you value our work, and you can afford it, we are grateful for every dollar. And I mean it: those 1 dollar donations are as welcome as the larger ones. Many grains of sand a mountain will make!

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 400 USD. 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 also our donor base.

Anything you donate for the Library, goes to the Library. If you don’t mind it going to cover our overhead, mark your donation to NMA General. 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 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.

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

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