So Many Patterns So Little Time

July 13, 2010

The Antique Pattern Library (click on the catalog tab on the right) is an ongoing project to preserve needlework pattern books in the public domain. Right now the library holds hundreds of scanned pattern books for cross stitch, knitting, crocheting and other needle arts. They range from the 19th through the early 20th centuries. This digital library, started in December 2005, is regularly updated by anyone who has a pattern to share. I was very pleased to see several more books from the DMC Library as well as several beautiful books from Italy; the charts from which are just lovely! Also included on the website, links to other on-line vintage pattern books and the opportunity to join a Yahoo discussion group to converse with others interested in preserving these pieces of needlework history. Take a look. It’s well worth it!

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2 Responses to “So Many Patterns So Little Time”

  1. Barbara said

    I have been a member of that group for some time and can attest to the fact that the patterns there are wonderful. I have made several of the crochet patterns from the old instructions. They take some figuring out! But they are worth it.

    • I can’t wait to try one of the counted thread patterns but unfortunately that won’t happen in the near future! Like I said, so many patterns so little time!!

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