The 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.
A 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.
The 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
Once again check out the details for Broderies pour Robes before downloading the PDF file
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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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.