Antique pattern Library free book of patterns

There are some new gems to be found in the Antique Pattern Library. If you have not encountered this site before they collect, scan and provide for use out of copy right books, and provide them  free online. However you must have an up to date copy of Acrobat reader to read any of their files. If you have any troubles opening any of their files read their FAQ page

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I discovered an old book published in Italian by D.M.C.. Motivi per Ricami in their collection. It contains stitch diagrams and some lovely designs such as these. Of course it is not in English but you can figure out what is what quite easily as the book consists mainly of patterns.

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The designs are illustrated in colour stitchery and as a line pattern.  I have selected some pages to act a teaser and encourage you to download the pdf file.

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The Antique Pattern Library provides these files free for personal use and reference and provides a great public service.

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On the Antique pattern Library book list, this book is down the list a little and described as “Dillmont, Th. de, ed., D.M.C. Motivi per Ricami (Va Serie). Mulhouse, France, Dollfus-Mieg & Cie, [first pub. c.1900, approx 35 pgs]. Scanned by Dindi Gelfi, re edited by Judith Adele 2008.”

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As you scan down the page you will notice lots of other DMC publications too! its a bit of a gold mine here … make a cuppa and enjoy!

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12 Responses to Antique pattern Library free book of patterns

  1. Helen Hicks says:

    Maybe it was just my problem but I

  2. prashanti says:

    awesome!! Sharon its an ultimate treasure of patterns. Thanks for sharing


  3. Jo Darby says:

    wow oh wow oh wow
    I spent 2hrs today browsing that site – what an incredible find!
    thank you, thank you, I bow to you Mistress Pintangle

  4. Iris Lins says:

    I made many french knots to finish my pebble.

  5. Iris Lins says:

    Thank you Sharon, it is a real treasure for us!

  6. Jen says:

    Wow, what a find! Thank you so much for pointing it out. I’m always hunting for new embroidery patterns, and these are particularly lovely.

  7. Beth B says:

    What an amazing archive! Thank you for sharing this.

  8. Jill Buttel says:

    Thanks for this link as I had not heard of it.

  9. Maureen Bond says:

    Oh fantastic! I’ve downloaded the PDF and already see a use for a pattern. Thank you Sharon.

  10. annecaroline says:

    What a fantastic resource!thanks Sharon

  11. Thank you, Sharon!!!!

  12. Elmsley Rose says:

    I’m enjoying your highlighting of various books from the Antique Library. Isn’t it a wonderful resource! Sytske and his/her friends work so very hard to make these books available to us. Since I was in the catalogue as a result of this post, I also found Bach/New Patterns from Old Embroideries, and a Th. d. Dillmonte pattern book on Soutache that I’d somehow missed seeing before. Yum!

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