Delightful hand embroidery patterns that are free

delightful hand embroidery patternsThe Antique pattern Library  have published some delightful hand embroidery patterns that are free to use. You will find them listed as E-CL016 Iron-on transfer patterns or simply follow the link

This set of vintage  iron-on patterns would be suitable for beginners as most can be worked in stitches such as chain stitch, detached chain and stems stitch. If you are new hand to embroidery here is 12 Surface Stitches for Beginners a PDF file I wrote a while back. These stitches can be applied to these types of patterns. Also check out the first few weeks of TAST for basic stitches and more descriptive tutorials and vintage pattern collectors alike.

These  delightful hand embroidery patterns are meant to be used for small items such as pin cushions, doilies, tray cloths, guest towels and the like. There are also a few letters included in the collection. Crazy quilters will find them useful to use in the middle of patches and I can see them interpreted using silk ribbon embroidery or adapted to beading.

delightful hand embroidery patterns 2These images are a couple of examples from this set of free patterns. They are free, no sign up is required but the Antique Pattern Library are sticklers for you having the latest version of Adobe reader for security reasons. If when you try to open or download a pdf file you receive a message asking for a password you need to upgrade your version of acrobat reader as no passwords are required. If you have problems go to their FAQ page.

More Monograms for Hand Embroidery

Album d'Alphabets et de Monogrammes No.2 coverThe Antique Pattern Library announced the availability of another free ebook. This publication is listed as Album d’Alphabets et de Monogrammes No.2. It is a 101 page collection of Monogram designs. The scans are clear and well produced.

As time goes on and the more I work my long band sampler the more I like to include lettering so I am becoming more interested in monograms and lettering. I find I have quite a collection and this book of designs will only add to it!

As usual the best way to highlight the value of this free ebook is share some page spreads.

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These monograms for hand embroidery are all from a free ebook   Album d’Alphabets et de Monogrammes No.2.

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The book contains 63 Alphabets.

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Some a very traditional while others have a modern Art Deco style.

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Most of the alphabets are for surface embroidery but there are also patterns for people who do cross stitch too!

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An overview of each page is here and the PDF file is available here

Problems? The Antique Pattern Library are sticklers for you having the latest version of Adobe reader for security reasons. If when you try to open or download a pdf file you receive a message asking for a password you need to upgrade your version of acrobat reader as no passwords are required. You also may need to update your browser. If you have other troubles go to their FAQ page.




A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers

Lettering for Stitchers coverA Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers reaches outrageous prices on Amazon. I have seen it priced at well over $100. To be honest it is a good book but it not worth that, particularly since it is now out of copyright and Public Collectors  host a pdf copy for free.

This classic book is now free and really worth the download if you are interested in using any sort of lettering on a hand embroidery project. You can download the pdf file here

Lettering for Stitchers design ideas 4A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers was published in 1973 and it looks like it. The black and white illustrations will not impress modern readers who are used to lush photography in full colour but this book contains 100 pages of really useful patterns and design tips for stitchers who love lettering.

Lettering for Stitchers design ideas 5People who are interested in hand embroidered samplers will also delight in the genuine retro feel of the patterns.

The book contains many illustrated pages that display a huge variety of designs that you can use in embroidery. The strength of this book is that in her examples Elsie Svennas has applied various stitches to every letter of the alphabet.

Lettering for Stitchers design ideas 6The book starts with a brief history of using decorative monogram before embarking on a detailed discussion on stitches that are suitable to use for lettering in embroidery.

Lettering for Stitchers hand embroidery ideas 1One of the reasons I avidly read old embroidery books is they often illustrate different ways of using a stitch. For instance in the illustration above, look at how the detached chain stitch is opened up to create the flower. The detached chain almost but not quite becomes a fly stitch.

Lettering for Stitchers hand embroidery ideas 3This type of approach to hand embroidery is still very contemporary and I delight in discovering instances like this. Here is another instance I would like to share. Readers who are enjoying the TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) stitchers challenge will be aware that recently one of the challenge stitches was Satin Stitch. Take a look at how the Satin stitch is slanted on the letter O and how  back stitch and satin stitch is combined in the letter T.

Lettering for Stitchers hand embroidery ideas 2This page from the book demonstrates more creative uses of basic stitches. On the curve illustrates in the top right hand corner of this page and on the letter O take a look at how the open chain stitch is tied together like sheaf stitch. On the same page see how regular chain stitch is whipped on both sides to produce a very different line on the letter b and M.

Lettering for Stitchers design ideas 1An aspect of the book that I really like is that throughout there are many options to adapt what is on the page to what you need. Here is advice on how to adapt the illustrations for thick or thin lettering to use on your project.

Lettering for Stitchers design ideas 2There are also design tips woven through the text.

Lettering for Stitchers design ideas 3As I read through the book I thought that people who do zentangles would probably enjoy inserting patterns into the letter forms.

If you like this Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers  you will probably also enjoy Elsie Svennas other  classic embroidery book titled Handbook of Stitches: 200 Embroidery Stitches, Old and New . The copy I have is well thumbed. It is now out of print so you see some silly pricing. Since I buy embroidery books for the information they contain and not their collectors value I would not pay more than $30 for a copy (I have seen it priced at $350.00!) . If you spot it in a second hand book shop at a reasonable price and are interested in using embroidery stitches in a creative modern manner and like retro styling you will enjoy your bargain as Elsie Svennas has an inventive mind.

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