Scanned 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
I would love to find the time and excuse to stitch them.
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.
I dont have grandchildren otherwise a series would look great running up the side of a growth chart.
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.
I have shared a link to this before but since it was back in 2009 I figure there are many new readers who will not have discovered it. Mary Haehnlen’s A Book of Fancy Designs for Ornamenting Oriental Work (pdf file) was written in 1884.
To modern readers the title is misleading as it would be easy to think it was a book on Chinese or Japanese embroidery but it is not. “Oriental work” in this case is what today we call crazy quilting.
Here are a few of the diagrams suggested for embellishing crazy quilted items. I love the way these diagrams are reversed and set against a black background to look make them look more dramatic.
This small book contains diagrams of 65 crazy quilting stitches so if you are interested in crazy quilting it is well worth downloading and reading.
When I first discovered it I had no hesitation on hitting print button on this valuable historical reference. Spread the word and let other crazy quilters know about it as I really think this little gem should not be missed.
The free ebook comes the Antique pattern Library. This and all their books are PDF files which means you will need Acrobat Reader to open these files. You can download a free reader on the Acrobat site.
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.