2018-05-30 Fourteen new publications: Embroidery, cross-stitch, Workbaskets


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

F-TC012 5730 Jesus – Heinrich Kuehn, Berlin
Religious subject; Jesus in his traditional red clothes with a blue mantle, but without halo. Part of a series of embroideries of saints.
Image donated by ebay seller tinaldw. I had hoped to have this finished before Easter, but alas, life interfered. And really, I did not want to shelve this one until next Easter!

I-WM002 Hartshorne, Emily – Needlework Designs from Old Examples
Designs for Church Embroidery and Crewel Work. From Old Examples. Collected and Arranged by Emily Sophia Hartshorne. Eighteen Plates, containing upwards of Sixty Patterns. “In the hands of the skilful shall the work be approved”
Griffith & Farran, London. E.P. Dutton & Co., New York. 1880
Eighteen A2 plates with outlined embroidery patterns from various backgrounds. Ten plates have been edited, eight will follow later.
Book transferred to Rijksmuseum Research Library, 2018-05-25. Afterwards I found out that some scans might miss little pieces of letters or edges of motifs. But, with skilful and patient cut-and-paste-and-delete-and-try-again I’m sure we’ll get the remaining ones properly restored.


H-RM007 Hertz & Wegener 752

Five small animal motifs

Single sheet with five small animal motifs: two pigeons, a dog, a bird, a goat and a deer.
Pattern from the collection of the Rijksmuseum Research Library. They actually have a folder with “various embroidery patterns” – such a treasure, when opened! Quite a number of leaves with whitework embroidery patterns, and a small collection of cross-stitch patterns we’ve never seen before – and Franciska and I have seen quite a lot! This is one of the cross-stitch patterns.

H-RM031 Six square designs – F.I. Weygand – 17
Large pattern sheet with six more-or-less square embroidery designs, maybe for handkerchiefs or table linen. Scanned by Franciska Ruessink. This is one of those whitework embroidery leaves.

C-YS003 Stickerei-Muster

While rooting through my old scans, searching for non-cross-stitch embroidery patterns, I found these, and since charting them was only a little work, they get published now rather than later.

8 pages of cross-stitch patterns. Title in French and Russian. No date, probably around 1900.

C-YS005 Stickerei-Vorlage-Stempel

45 page catalog of embroidery stamps; probably around 1900. On page 41/42 a monogram has been cut out. The first pages show what the embroidery stamps would look like and how they would be used. Edges, initials, monograms, motifs. Of course it’s only examples, but with suitable enlargement they would be useful for embroidery other than cross-stitch.


H-ML006 to H-ML013 – Workbaskets 1936

These eight conclude the volume 1 of the Workbaskets. Next round, volume 2!



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