This discovery is a gem. Look at these lovely free French embroidery patterns I just love the 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.
This design is ideal for a bag, needlecase cover, pin cushion etc. It could be worked in outline stitches such as back stitch, threaded back stitch, chain, whipped chain, stem stitch or whipped stem stitch. You will find all of these stitches listed in my Stitch Dictionary
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If you need to know how I would transfer this pattern to fabric, I have a tutorial on how to transfer embroidery designs to fabric which may help.
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.
These are for non commercial use and I ask you to attribute the work to me, with link back to this blog. You may not republish them online, as that is not in the spirit of sharing. So link to them but please do not re-publish.
Mary Haehnlen’s A Book of Fancy Designs for Ornamenting Oriental Work (pdf file) was written in 1884. It’s a little gem that is a free ebook comes the Antique pattern Library. There are 20 pages of diagrams that illustrate stitch combinations for crazy quilting. If you are new crazy quilting you may need instructions for the basic stitches which you can find in my stitch dictionary here, other than that, unlike many books of that period most of it is self explanatory.
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. 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.
Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?
As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.
Templates set 1 you will find here
Templates set 2 you will find here
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