Happy Easter everyone!
I said in my blog move I found some gems in the archive this is first of few wonderful rediscoveries. I hope you enjoy it for this weeks Friday freebie.
I think readers will enjoy this delicious link.
Corticelli Home Needlework which was published in 1898 is a free PDF download.
The book is described as a manual of Art Embroidery, Needlework and Knitting. (I love this term Art embroidery)
The PDF file it is a hefty 114 MB but this is 117 pages of of total delight. There are colour illustrations of some of the patterns.
Stitch directions are described in an old fashioned manner but with a little concentration they can be understood. As to be expected there is a really good description of how to do long and short stitch and the patterns that are in this book are really beautiful.
Traditional stitchers and crazy quilters should love this book as many of the patterns can be adapted for use on items that can be used today.
The designs are published as line drawings. Another charm is that the advertising front and back could be added to a digital ephemera collection that can be used in collage. What more could you want? Corticelli Home Needlework is a wonderful free resource full of free patterns and instructions.