I was browsing the Antique pattern Library and discovered 3 files I had not spotted before. They are part of the 1907 Herrschner Catalogue. It caught my eye since it was described as
“Herrschner, Frederick. Art Needlework Supplies General Catalog. Chicago, Frederick Herrschner, c.1907, 242pgs. Scans donated and photo edited by Luann Pfost 08-2010. Enormous and beautiful needlework catalog, a wonderful reference for early 20thC needlework, with many illustrations.”
After I down loaded the PDF files to discover pages and pages of patterns that could be used in either crazy quilting or on small hand embroidery projects.
Some of the patterns are a bit blurred but I have cleaned up a few using GIMP (a graphics software program) to show you just a little of the sort of free needlework patterns are to be found in the catalogue.
Feel free to right click and save these designs if you like them as they are out of copyright. Just if you pass them on note where they come from.
There are quite a few that would be suitable for biscornu designs.
You will find the 1907 Herrschner Catalogue in the Antique pattern library and the three files are called:
If you have trouble opening them see the Pattern library instructions at the top of the page as you really do need the latest version of acrobat 9.0 to view them.
Simply right click on the image and save to your computer. If people like the cleaned up versions of these files. Let me know if they are useful as they could easily become a mini series offered here when I had time.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think of them.
Anyway happy stitching!