Beeton’s Book of Needlework

Beeton’s Book of Needlework

Project Gutenburg has another Needlework book. Beeton’s Book of Needlework was originally published in 1870 by the English firm Ward, Lock and Tyler. There are tatting, crochet, knitting, lace and embroidery patterns contained it. The printer is running hot as I print out the embroidery section as I hope to use some of the designs on my next project which I think I will be ready to talk about tomorrow. I also trawl through such books to find old stitches or old variations of stitches. Some of the patterns are found in other books of the same era but there are few I have not seen before. Unfortunately since it is all in one document it makes for a long download and I had to cut and paste the section I wanted into a separate document otherwise it is a print out of over 500 pages!

I have just checked out the needle lace section and for anyone who is interested in old samplers there are some great patterns there too.

Found with thanks via the Crazy Quilt discussion list


  1. It’s amazing what u can find on the www these days 😉
    … so – the file you downloaded had the pictures in it? (I notice the “read online” thingy doesn’t) … was trying to decide what format to download and am confused as to why a zipped html file says it is way bigger than a not zipped html one! … is probably a typo – lol
    … don’t worry about sending me an answer – I have it downloading now anyway – LOL – and the format I chose has pictures 😉
    – you post such interesting things on your blog 😉

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