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Blackwork Pattern Book: Ensamplario Atlantio

 String or Nothing has posted a brand new free blackwork pattern book, Ensamplario Atlantio! It’s pretty cool – there are over 200 patterns in there. The patterns range from simple geometric repeats to stag heads and griffins. Anyway, if you … Continue reading

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Antique Italian needlecraft magazines

Today I’m just going to point y’all to Italian Needlecrafts, which (in addition to selling Italian needlework supplies) has available free scans of a number of editions of two magazines from the early 1900s: Il Ricamo Illustrato and Il Ricamo. … Continue reading

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Enciclopedia de las Señoras

I found a little something in Google Books: “Enciclopedia de las Señoras, que Contiene las Artes y Labores de Utilidad y de Recreo” (Encyclopedia of the Ladies, that contains recreational and useful arts and works) translated from French to Spanish … Continue reading

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Revised Needle and Hook

Here’s another free book, the full title of which is Revised Needle and Hook: Instructions in Silk Embroidery, Knitting and Crocheting, Illustrated with cuts, half tones and color plates. It’s available online from the Antique Pattern Library, and originally published … Continue reading

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A treatise on embroidery

I’d like to recommend an amazing book on needlepainting. It is completely free because it was published in 1907 and is therefore public domain: A treatise on embroidery; with twenty color illustrations from original models by Hemingway & Sons Silk … Continue reading

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Review: Encyclopedia of Needlework, Therese de Dillmont

This book is old school. It’s an excellent and fascinating overview of needlework, first published in 1884. I originally found it in a Half Price Books store, but it’s also available  free on the internet (copyright expired) from the Gutenberg … Continue reading

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