Tapestry Patterns – Tapisserie

· Tapestry - Tapisserie

tapestryWhich would be preferred by people who use tapestry patterns: a half or quarter pattern, which has to be mirrored and rotated and stuck together and such, or a complete pattern with no such preparations but unfortunately two or four times as big?

The patterns so far are quarter / half patterns and the occasional whole one, but I wondered which would be more useful.

Please let me know?

Thank you and best wishes,

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Isabel Conover DeNyse – Complete Course of Dressmaking in Twelve Lessons

· Sewing

00cThere was this Australian bookshop that had a set, and was willing to ship it so now it’s in our possession and scanned.

It is a sewing book (well, twelve small ones), not a needlework book. How many of you are interested in old sewing pattern books? I do remember the copies of Petersons Magazine had some sewing patterns as well, though they were more an indication of how the pattern should look, rather than a graded, pre-notched, fullsize pattern on a pattern sheet.


This is a basic course about how-to-sew. The patterns are small sketches without size indication, like those in Petersons Magazine and Beyers Buch der Wasche. From what I have seen elsewhere I think it’s 1920-1930, so no crinolines.

Best wishes

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Tenerife Lace Shapes

· Lace

5349643251_ee13c5921c_nA while ago I acquired a collection of frames in various shapes to make Tenerife lace / sol lace / spiderweb lace, whatever it is called.

Recently I got around to scanning them. I put the images on Flickr, since it’s not really old lace patterns, it’s old lace tools.

Here’s the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8117509@N02/sets/72157625684113791

Some are missing (3-8-10-19/30), but there was a makers catalog with them which I can’t find at the moment, and that listed them all including sketches. If I find that catalog, I’ll add the sketches.

A wood expert informed me that the wood was likely pear wood. Since some are damaged badly, I asked him what replicas would cost – a lot, if they are to be made in pear wood. However, 6mm MDF would also do fine. With these pictures, anybody so inclined might make them him- or herself. I know I will have the missing and damaged items replaced that way.

Perhaps it is superfluous to mention that the shape of the lace is not determined by the outer or inner limits of the tool, but by the end of the cuts. I left the partially finished lace on, so that you can see that for yourself.
The needles shown are weaving needles, a bit smaller than the ones that were already in my possession.

I hope this is useful.

Best wishes,


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Dutch Staphorst Stipwerk

· Stipwerk

4595978715_679ea92840_mFor those who are interested, I posted pictures on Flickr of fabrics decorated with stipwerk, a traditional way of imitating expensive printed fabrics.
I bought a bunch of remnants at a local auction site and scanned them as best as possible.

Here is the link.

Later I might add a few pictures of our own efforts at this technique.

Nowadays the printed fabric is cheaper than the imitation 🙂 and after we tried it, we quite understood why.
I hope to add more if I can find more. I have plenty of other pictures of items at local auctions, but alas, they are under copyright. I might put up the redrawn patterns, those will be my own work.

Anybody has a piece of this type of fabric and wants to add to the patterns, please reply with the link of the picture. I’ll add the pattern to the list of to-be-done work – quite a stack, by now…

Anybody has comments or own similar work, I’d be glad to hear it.

Best wishes everybody,