2018-05-15: Thirtyfour new publications: weaving, embroidery, Workbaskets!


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

Usually I insert links to detail pages and pdfs for each new publication. Because of the large amount of individual publications, this time I refer you to the home page, where they are all listed.

I-WM001 Prof. Franz Donat, Technologie, Bindungslehre, Dekomposition und Kalkulation der Jacquard-Weberei.

Bearbeit fur Textilschulen und zum Selbstunterricht von Prof. Franz Donat. K.K. Fachschule fur Textilindustrie in Wien. 36 Tafeln mit 360 Figuren und 122 Seiten Text. 1912, A. Hartlebens Verlag, Wien und Leipzig.

A very thorough explanation of weaving on Jacquard looms, which admittedly are out of reach for most modern weavers. Thanks to this book I was able to spot a few spare parts for Jacquard looms on a local auction site – not that I bought them, but it’s nice to be able to put names to unknown pieces. The 36 plates are at the end of the book. They were bound separately and in a very inventive way, so students could fold out the binding and have the textbook and the plate book side by side. From my own collection, scans donated by my mother and the book has been handed off to the Rijksmuseum already.


I-FR001 to I-FR026 Chair seats and backs in the style of Henri II, from La Mode Illustree, from 1891 to 1894

Twelve chairs, with embroidered seats and backs. The chair backs are romantic medieval ladies and gentlemen, the chair seats illustrate the fables of La Fontaine. Franciska Ruessink charted them, off old copies of symbol charts.

As luck would have it, while she was working on them, I found some chair seats and backs with the identical patterns on ebay. We did not get permission from the seller to reproduce the images, but while the items still are on ebay, you can see them here: CHOICE Antique Needlepoint Seats Backs from Victorian Chair Set Princess Queen. While Franciska had to guess the colors, because the descriptions were shall we say fanciful and not really known anymore, comparing with the original colors as shown in the embroidery shows that she picked them quite well.


I-FR027, I-FR028, I-FR030 Portiere

Portieres are decorations for the top and sides of windows or doors. They generally have a sort of inverted U shape. This portiere, also from La Mode Illustree and also from the 1890s, has two long vertical embroidered strips and one horizontal one. Since the strips are quite long we’ve split them up as individual patterns, so they can be printed on a page of normal proportions. These too were charted by Franciska Ruessink.

H-ML003, H-ML004, H-ML005 Three issues of Aunt Martha’s Work Basket

From 1935 and 1936. The pages have not been edited to my usual standard of no-spots-left and all-letters-edited, because that would take ten years before we publish them all. I’m aiming to have the first ten years issues published this summer, all of them. The later issues are currently with the Dutch Custom service, with delivery date to be determined. Those still have to be scanned, a project in and of itself. The first ten years scans have been donated by M. Leigh Martin, and are published with the explicit permission of F+W Media, the current rights owner. Please remember that we are allowed to share them, but that they are not in the public domain, so you cannot scan them yourself and share or sell those. New Media Arts Inc. has permission, no one else has. If you happen to have an issue that we are missing, you can donate the scans to us and we will publish them and mention your name as scan donor.




Some donations have come in – we’re hoping for more!

We keep asking 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 yet to be determined, we will start at USD 500. 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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