Mary Haehnlen’s A Book of Fancy Designs for Ornamenting Oriental Work (pdf file) was written in 1884.
The title is, to modern readers at least a little 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When I first discovered it I had no hesitation on hitting print button on this valuable historical reference.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.