2017-10-09 Five new publications in the Antique Pattern Library. Crochet, Edwardian ladies garments, embroidery


Thanks to all the people who donated, some in huge stunning globs, some in drip-drip-drip small and faithful amounts, we have a starting position of 2.167 USD raised in funds this year. Thanks to those donations and many others, I can raise the maximum small donation to 1000 USD. That is what you can give over the entire year 2017 and still have it count as small donation. Go over that and you’ll join the board members and other large donors.

The Workbaskets are waiting for us (transport will be around 500 EUR ex VAT) and though scanning is mostly volunteer work, for the editing I will need to hire extra people – at least if we want them published in our lifetime, and we do want that. I made a small calculation and if we manage to get 5000 USD, we should be able to cover a good chunk of the costs. We have a good starting position!

If we run out of money, we’ll have to make do with what we have – slower publication rate and overworked editing volunteers. Actually, my partner put his foot down and wants me to get away from the computer at least some hours each day. Since this blog is public, let’s not repeat the exact conversation 😉



Go to http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org to see the new publications.

G-KR002 A Table Setting of Dignity



A single sheet with a repeating crochet pattern for a table cloth. Can of course be put to other uses.
Scans donated by Kathryn Roloff, edited by Yvonne DeBandi.


F-IS029 Blue cross motif



Handpainted partial cross motif, single color. Scan donated by Jackie Isler.


H-AB007 Methode de Coupe



The Mastership-System, garment cutting for ladies garments. 72 pages with patterns and method of drafting. Incomplete, page 63 and 64 are missing. More detailed and more “French” than Thornton. Book donated by Antiquariaat de Salamander, scanned by Willem Kraaij. Transferred to Rijksmuseum Research Library, 2017-10-07.

Only after the book had been scanned, I saw that actually there was one leaf missing. Because the book is organized as a subject per leaf, it didn’t leave a hole in the text. It might have been an interesting page, to be torn out like that – but we’ll never know, because the copies that are for sale are all more than 100 USD, which is more than I can spend on it. There’s a library in St. Pancras that also has a copy and maybe I’ll find it in another library as well, in which case we will try to scan or photograph the missing page numbers. There are other volumes of this series, but again, very expensive. If I win the lottery, I’ll reconsider.

H-RM030 Toni Teschendorff Leinenstickerei Heft 2



The second album with traditional embroidery patterns from Toni Teschendorff. A folder with ten lithographed plates. Scanned and published by permission of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. It’s a lovely collection.


H-WS009 Vere Fosters “Leaves”



Vere Foster’s Complete Course of Drawing, With Instructions. Freehand Series. Leaves from Nature – Ornamental Foliage. Scans donated by Seya Wijnsma-Spek. Transferred to Rijksmuseum Research Library, 2017-10-07.



Yes, I repeat the 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 1000 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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