I was browsing the Antique pattern Library and discovered 3 files I had not spotted before. They are part of the 1907 Herrschner Catalogue. It caught my eye since it was described as
“Herrschner, Frederick. Art Needlework Supplies General Catalog. Chicago, Frederick Herrschner, c.1907, 242pgs. Scans donated and photo edited by Luann Pfost 08-2010. Enormous and beautiful needlework catalog, a wonderful reference for early 20thC needlework, with many illustrations.”
After I down loaded the PDF files I discovered pages and pages of patterns that could be used in either crazy quilting or on small hand embroidery projects. If you vintage patterns you will be in stitchers paradise.
Some of the patterns are a bit blurred but I have cleaned up a few using Phototshop as I wanted to share these with you. There designs are just a little of the sort of free needlework patterns to be found in the 1907 Herrschner Catalogue.
Feel free to right click and save these designs if you like them as they are out of copyright and perfectly legal to use. However if you pass them on say where they come from.
There are quite a few patterns in the 1907 Herrschner Catalogue that would be suitable for very modern projects such as biscornu designs. I can see how it would be possible to establish the main lines with stitches as stem stitch or chain stitch and for the the little circles you could use a stitch like buttonhole wheel. You could easily add seed beads in the middle or if beads are not your thing you could add French knots
You will find the 1907 Herrschner Catalogue in the Antique pattern library and the three files are called:
If you have trouble opening them see the Pattern library instructions at the top of the page as you really do need the latest version of acrobat to view them.
Simply right click on the image and save to your computer. If people like the cleaned up versions of these files. Let me know if they are useful as they could easily become a mini series offered here when I had time.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think of them.
Anyway I hope you enjoy the 1907 Herrschner Catalogue and happy stitching!
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