New Free ebooks at the Antique Pattern Library

Ribbon craft coverThis is heads up to let my readers know that the Antique Pattern Library has added some more books to their site.

The first book I pounced on is “The Ribbon Art Book, Vol I ~ No. III- How to make Hundreds of Dainty and Practical things of Ribbons

If you do silk ribbon embroidery, ribbon crafts of any sort, or crazy quilting I am sure this 1923 publication will delight you. I will be reading it avidly as I can see some new (to me) ribbon techniques in there.

Ribbon craft screenshotA Tip to Note With the Antique Pattern Library if you get a message saying your PDF corrupted or asking for password make sure you have the most recent Adobe reader and save the PDF to your computer and open the file from there.

Here are two screen shots from The Ribbon Art Book to tempt you.

Ribbon craft screenshotCheck out the detail page before downloading the PDF file

free flapper designs coverThe second publication is a collection of a collection of 20′s flapper embroidery designs from the French magazine series Les Patrons Favoris.

Broderies pour Robes is about beaded embroidery, on dresses, blouses and jackets. The publisher, includes the embroidery patterns which can be beaded or you can stitch them in a regular manner.

Some of these designs are just wonderful and I can see them applied not only to clothing but cushions, bags and and other small gift items

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Once again check out the detail page before downloading the PDF file
free flapper embroidery designs If you want to take some time out over the weekend and browse the full library, here is a link to the catalogue for the Antique Pattern Library

I hope you enjoy my two finds Let me know in the comments if you like them!

Sites worth bookmarking: Scanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books

screenshot of siteScanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books is definitely worth browsing and bookmarking so make a cuppa and take a look there are some real gems to be discovered.

These images are not only a wonderful design source but they will be of interest to anyone who prints images on fabric, are interested in the book and paper arts or do mixed media collage pieces.

The site houses over 3,000 high-resolution free images which have been scanned from old out of copyright books. Images are tagged and described so it makes for interesting browsing. Take a look particularly at the decorative initials and borders as I am sure many stitchers will find these great inspiration and sources for designs.

Friday freebies is a regular series in which I highlight free resources online, free patterns and links that are of interest to fiber folks.  All posts in the series are in the  Friday Freebie category I hope you enjoy them.

Stitching Idyllic Spring Flowers by Ann Bernard a review

book coverStitching Idyllic is an 80 page ebook directed towards new hands to embroidery but experienced stitchers will find good information in it too.

Basically you imagine a beautiful garden and with the assistance of Ann Bernard then you set about making it come to life. As the aim is to produce a garden landscape of flowers I can see Crazy quilters easily adapting many of the ideas in the book.

Ann Bernard trained at the Royal School of Needlework and has oodles of tips to share. The book is presented with beginners in mind so it starts off with basic introductory information such as the preparation of fabric and stretching it on a frame.

The rest of the book provides instructions on how to work a large variety of garden flowers and how to combine threads to produce their impressionistic colours. To name a few flowers in the garden include the favourites such as Daffodils, Snowdrops, Crocuses, Grape Hyacinths, Bluebells, Tulips, Iris, Forget-me-nots, and Primulas.

The flowers are accurate, but use simple surface embroidery stitches. Although there are no step by step photographs in the book they are not required as the stitches are basic.

A definite point in its favour for anyone who wants to create her own designs is that Ann Bernard shows you how to plan and stitch your garden, provides a colour chart and sample Gardens to assist you in planning and stitching your own project.

As I have already said the ebook is written for beginners but it is more than that, as instead of trapping people into the dependency of following this line with that colour in that project pattern, Ann takes a beginners hand and takes them straight towards self expression using simple stitches. At $10 Stitching Idyllic is fair price.

Note: apart from receiving a free review copy of the ebook I do not make financial gain by writing this review.

Free French Embroidery Patterns

This discovery is a gem. I found it and blogged it a couple of years ago but I think many readers will not be aware of it.  Look at these lovely free designs.

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Yes, they are lovely, they are free and there is a whole book of them!

I discovered Les Fables de La Fontaine, on the Antique Pattern Library web site.  Scroll to F and this book is listed as

Fables de La Fontaine, Les.
Broderies & Ouvrages de Dames Album No. 4, 32 Fables en carre de 26 cent. donné en grandeur d’exécution.
Paris, M Orsoni, [c. 1921], 33 pgs

It is delivered as a PDF file which means you need Acrobat Reader to open this file. You can download a free reader on the Acrobat site. With this site they really insist on you having the latest version and if you don’t the file does not open. See the Antique pattern Library  troubleshooting instructions at the top of the Catalogue page.

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Unfortunately often I have push the reality button hard and pull back from the impulse to grab fabric and thread. But there is only so many hours in a day and the holiday season is nearly upon us. The breaks are fully applied but these designs are just so delightful and are definitely on my “someday” list. Actually its not a list but a folder on my hard drive.

free embroidery pattern

I would love to find the time and excuse to stitch them.

free embroidery pattern

I can see many of these patterns worked not only as cut work embroidered linen which of course is what they were designed for, but easily adapted to applique work on a quilt. Or a mix of both techniques could be worked on a crazy quilt.

free embroidery pattern

I dont have grandchildren otherwise a series would look great running up the side of a growth chart.

free embroidery pattern

Anyway I thought I would share as part of Friday Freebies which are a regular series in which I highlight free resources online, free patterns and links that are of interest to fiber folks.  All posts in the series are in the  Friday Freebie category I hope you enjoy them.