Shin-Bijutsukai Japanese design magazine

Shin-Bijutsukai a Japanese design magazine that was published in the early 1900’s edited by illustrator and designer Korin Furuya. The magazine was published monthly and issues were bound together which have since been turned into free ebook. Copies are available as a free ebook provided by the Smithsonian Libraries, downloadable …

The Frederick Herrschner Art Needlework Supplies General Catalog free online

While browsing the net over coffee I made a wonderful discovery while poking around in the Antique Pattern library. I love finding stuff like the Art Needlework Supplies General Catalog produced by Frederick Herrschner in 1907 is a huge 242 page catalogue of embroidery patterns. So, I thought I would …

Brainerd & Armstrong’s Embroidery lessons

Brainerd & Armstrong’s Embroidery lessons with colored studies, 1908 : latest and most complete book on the subject of silk embroidery and popular fancy work is available on the Internet archive. People who use a lot of floral motifs in their projects will find the section on “Lessons in embroidering …

Free ebook of Vintage Crazy Quilt Embroidery Patterns

In 1884 Mary Haehnlen wrote  A Book of Fancy Designs for Ornamenting Oriental Work. It’s a little gem because it is full of vintage Crazy Quilt embroidery patterns. I bet she never thought that over a century later, women from all over the globe would be interested in it. To …

ClipSafari for Hand Embroidery Designs

Stitchers are always looking for images that can be adapted easily and used in a hand embroidery design. ClipSafari is a site that houses images that are free to use. I browsed ClipSafari for hand embroidery designs and picked out a few images to illustrate to my readers what they will …

Free Hand Embroidery Patterns in Old French Design Book

As regular readers know I often highlight free books, patterns and resources that I discover online. On the archive.org site I discovered and French design book  the Directoire designs for textiles which has been digitised by the Internet archive. The Directoire designs for textiles is an out of copyright pattern book …