Encyclopedia of Needlework online

I discovered Therese de Dillmont’s “Encyclopedia of Needlework” on project Gutenburg. This book is a needlework classic so I was delighted to discover it is freely available. I trawl old books like this for stitch varieties and stitches that are no longer in common use. Often too stitches are referred …

Free Needlework books from Priscilla Publishing

The Priscilla Publishing Company published needlework books from the 1880’s to the 1920’s. Many of these are online in the Priscilla Publishing Company : Antique pattern library one of the highlights for me is the Priscilla Bead Work Book. Much of it is on beaded knitting but there are lots …

Free Ebooks of Needlework designs

This French site houses some delightful old embroidery patterns . These books have been scanned and are free to download. Most of them are cross stitch designs particularly of alphabets. Anyone who loves old samplers will like these but there are some designs for other counted techniques too. On another …