To Distract….

or, inspire gifty goodness….

This book is listed as a Fabric Sample Book from 1863, by Papeterie Darras-Heumann of Paris. The contents look quite like kerchiefs to me. Meaning the corners of them.   Others have a look that almost has a deco feel. A couple of them even mock the look of lace.

I don’t remember if I included this book in the list of swatch books I previously shared. This one is Imprimes en tous genres from France in 1860. There are dozens of swatches of pretty silks we don’t have any more. 

These Embroidery Patterns are earlier than most of my readers look for, being 1730. But, I think you will see why I want to share them. They are lovely. They are also on a grid for those who like grids. I do not know enough about the 1700s to say what these patterns are suitable for. I do see that there is a variety of sizes with a mix of floral motifs and viney almost knotwork like motifs. Towards the end of the book, the designs seem to be for filling larger spaces or borders.(If border patterns are needed, also check out this 1759 Modelbuch.)

This turn of the century published book, Essai d’application de la peinture à l’art de tricoter, is absolutely adorable with the color illustrations that appear to be beneficial for a beginner in need of period design guidance. (I admit I do not know French and new to needlework myself.) I would love to know how these designs go together for a bonnet:

Ms. Eliza Reed made a book that one really needs to turn through in person because she layered different size pages on top of each other. Some designs appear to be tracings because of the way the lines flow. Others are free sketched. I can’t quite tell if the bonnets and caps are clippings or sketched.

Fourth quarter crafties:

  • Ladies’ Fancy Work, by Mrs. C. S. Jones & Henry T. Williams – 1876 – Making flowers, feather work, hair work, shell work, frames, star work.
  • Household Elegancies, by Mrs. C. S. Jones and Henry T. Williams – Stain glass, wall pockets, wall brackets, work boxes, etc.
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