2019-05-02 Three Workbaskets, a French book and a French magazine about embroidery



After a long silence, we get to publishing again!

Today, an issue of the French Petit Echo de la Broderie, unearthed from a stack of still-unedited stuff.

It’s from 1903. I am still hunting issues from the years 1901 to 1904, because there was this very nice alphabet somewhere in those issues, but I don’t know which ones. All I can do is take whatever passes my way and fits my budget.


Yesterday, two Workbaskets from 1992, and one from the fifties.

The two later issues have a fixed set of subjects: knitting, crochet, tatting, gardening, receipes. And lots of advertisements!

The earlier Workbasket is somewhat like this, but in fewer pages.

My mother (who did much of the scanning) confessed that the Workbaskets were not scanned at her usual speed – sometimes she’d just sit there and read them, and then forgot which was the last page that she did scan. I do admit that while editing, sometimes the same happens to me 🙂

Because of the many requests to speed up the publication of the Workbaskets, we’re limiting the editing to the barest necessity. You’ll see that the pages are not up to our usual standards, but if we want to see them published in the lifetime of our grandchildren, we’ll have to keep it simple. It also allows volunteers to help with this basic editing, which does not require high-level graphic editing software. Thank you, Sandra Figg, and congratulations for your first publication 🙂


And to round it out, another French publication, about clothing for women, and the horrors of wearing corsets, illustrated by gruesome drawings of misshapen female bodies. Fortunately, there’s plenty of other clothing illustrated!

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




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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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