So this evening I have been trawling one of my favourite sites on the internet (after Pinterest of course!) – archive.org.
When my mind has wandered to a new interest, I often turn to this site for a sense of the development of that area of interest. If that makes any sense? (please excuse my lack of coherent waffle at the moment – I’ve just found out that after my operation I have two infections – which means I’m on shed-loads of anti-biotics, anti-nausea meds to counter-act the anti-bios AND painkillers to deal with the pain – ahhhhh what would I do without the NHS? I’m so glad I now pay 40% tax because that probably covers my medical costs for this year!).
If you’ve never been to archive.org it can seem a bit unruly – like one of those old old bookshops you go into where nothing is really organised and you have to hunt through dusty shelves before you find the nuggets of paper gold that you are after. It’s probably why I like it – there’s nothing I love more than a good old rummage in a second-hand bookshop – this is just a dust-free one!
Archive.org is an online collection of books, music, video and many other joys (and utter crap) that are within the public domain. They state in their ‘about’ section on the website:
“The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes: texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.”
So – why am I telling you about this? Because I’ve found some LOVELY old books about tapestry, cross-stitch, embroidery and filet crochet which have some useful and adaptable patterns. I know some people have already found these books (I’ve seen a few on Pinterest) but I thought I’d share some of my favourites.
I used to download these books as PDFs however I find that the quality is often quite poor compared to doing a screen-dump of the page. Additionally some of the patterns are hard to follow because of the resolution. The ones I like the most I’m going to transfer using graph paper or StitchSketch on my iPad. If I do – I’ll share these.
Anyway – here are some patterns I took a shine to this evening. I’ll put a link to the full book underneath:
I thought this one would make a great Christmas decoration as the pattern looks like Christmas Trees.
There are a few ‘Model Buch’ s on the site which have a variety of patterns. These designs are from Model Buch: Teil 4 (1676), the author is Paul Furst (there should be an umlaut there but I can’t work out how to do it on here!). They truly are ‘vintage’ designs. But the fact that you see this kind of work being done still shows how timeless these designs really are.
It was purely by accident that I discovered that you can also adapt filet crochet patterns for cross stitch and I’ve got a couple of pieces started from The Priscilla Filet Crochet Book – not the ones I’m posting below as I’m in the process of transferring the patterns to StitchSketch which I will share once they’re done. But here are some others I love too:
You can find the book here: The Priscilla Filet Crochet Book (1911)
So there are just a few to pique your interest. There are some beautiful old designs out there that I want to try out – there just aren’t enough hours in the day!