New Free ebooks at the Antique Pattern Library

New Free ebooks at the Antique Pattern Library

Ribbon craft coverThe Antique Pattern Library has added some more books to their site.

The first book I pounced on is “The Ribbon Art Book, Vol I ~ No. III- How to make Hundreds of Dainty and Practical things of Ribbons

If you do historical costuming, silk ribbon embroidery, crazy quilting, or ribbon crafts of any sort this 1923 publication will delight you. I will be reading it avidly as these traditional ribbon techniques often spark ideas that I can use in crazy quilting and craftwork.

I have taken a few screen shots from The Ribbon Art Book to tempt you.

Ribbon craft screenshotA Tip:  If you get a message saying your PDF is corrupted or asking for password make sure you have the most recent Adobe reader installed. Save the PDF to your computer and open the file from there.

Ribbon craft screenshotCheck out the detail page before downloading the PDF file

free flapper designs coverThe second publication is a collection of a collection of 20’s flapper embroidery designs from the French magazine series Les Patrons Favoris.

Broderies pour Robes is about beaded embroidery, on dresses, blouses and jackets. The publisher, includes the embroidery patterns which can be beaded or you can stitch them in a regular manner.

Some of these designs are just wonderful. I can see them applied not only to clothing but cushions, bags and and other small gift items

free flapper embroidery designs 1

Once again check out the details for Broderies pour Robes before downloading the PDF file
free flapper embroidery designs If you want to take some time out and browse the full library, here is a link to the catalogue for the Antique Pattern Library

The Antique Pattern Library is a wonderful resource and I always spend far too much time on thier site! I hope you enjoy my two finds. Let me know in the comments if you like them!

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Thread Twisties!

Experimenting with different threads can be expensive, as you would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. I have created my thread twisties with a combination of different threads. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and different textures.

These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft manageable drape so that twisting them around a needle, makes experimental embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle.  Many are hand dyed by me. All are threads I use.

You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.


  1. It’s as if you read my mind! I own a reprint of the Ribbon bk and having just been thinking how great a digital version of it would be! Thank you for the links.

  2. Thanks for the links to these fascinating books…. especially the Broderies pour Robes, some of the lovely motifs could be used for applique too. John Hopper’s ‘The Textile BlogSpot’ is fairly inspirational too. He’s a writer on historical and contemporary textile art, design, craft – with articles on a (and links to) design, embroidery, e-books, costume etc… http://thetextileblog.blogspot.com/ . Enjoy.

    Val E
  3. Oh my thanks for the site addy Sharon I so adore the cloche hats they are gorjus aren’t they???? I can really enjoy looking through some of the antique books oh my good fun!!

    Belinda Sweeney
  4. Thank you for sharing this! I just went to a Downton Abbey costume exhibit at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. I was amazed at the bead work and embroidery on the dresses that are worn on the show. The designers use antique pieces of embellished fabric and add to it to create them. I wondered how they did all that back in the early 1900’s. We are so blessed to get fabric, beads and threads from all over the world. How did they manage to get all they needed to make these ornate dresses? And they changed outfits up to 4 times a day! This library is a true find and adds to the wonder of life back then. Thanks again for sharing.

  5. Thanks for sharing this with your followers; I had discovered the Antique Library Site recently, and downloaded one of their antique embroidery files. I have the first publication about Ribbon Art (By Dover Publications in 1986), but did not have the second one. I printed the fourth page for the descriptions, but it did not print out fully–will have to try to shrink it, I think.
    Thanks again.

    Patsie Blanchette

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