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