I have found another collection of free hand embroidery patterns hosted by the Antique Pattern Library. These are real gems, so in the spirit of sharing I am providing some eye candy from the collection so you can see if it will suit you needs.
The Antique pattern library provide some great resources for hand embroiderers online and they are free if you like and use any of their publications I can only encourage you to donate to them as they are non profit.
This publication is listed as Dames, Magasin des Album Broderie. It is a 27 page collection of designs that span a year of the Magasin des Demoiselles’ embroidery patterns
I saw some great Alphabets for those who use them (I am ever so slightly addicted to collecting them to use on my sampler)
Also there are dozens of floral sprays and border designs that can be used on small items or on crazy quilting projects.
Some of the border patterns are made up of repeating units which would be very easy to use as a standalone design.
There are also single motifs that could be used to embroider the patches of a crazy quilt such as this jar and fan.
This little series caught my eye as this milk jug and sugar bowl on one page
With the tea cup and tea pot on the next page.
As you can see I cleaned these up a bit in photoshop as I think I might use them
The overview page for Dames, Magasin des Album Broderie is here and there is also is a link to the pdf download
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