57 Pages. Drawn Thread work was quite a popular embroidery technique at the turn of the last century and it is beginning to grow again in popularity. This book is a beautifully illustrated study in this work by Mrs. Isaac Miller Houck, a master and teacher of this art form. There is something to be gleaned here for readers of all skill levels. There are basic stitches, as well as pages and pages of exquisite finished articles. Each finished article contains a details written instruction on how it was made and the materials used. This book will be a vital asset to any vintage needleworker's library! Please Note - there are many more pictures and studies than what is shown below!
29 Pages. Exquisite flapper era beaded purses, miser bags, bracelets, rings, belts and much more. This book is printed in full color with large beautiful images that give the creations a 3-D quality. There are many techniques used including Beaded Crochet, Beaded Knitted and Loomwork. Very clear and easy to folow instructions will have you well on your way to creatiing your own work of art!
20 Pages. This little book is one of the best instruction books on Battenberg lace that I have ever seen! It contains large clear photographs along with well written instructions on how to make this lovely lace. The stitches included are: point de geneve, point de alpes, rosette d'alançon, point d'espange, button hole stitch bars, point tuscan, point d'angleterre, point d'alançon, point de bruxelles, bars au point grecque, toile d'araigne, point deventail, feston au point d'esprit, point de luxeuil, dentelle de mirecourt, point russe, rosette in relief, bars romaine, point de sorrente, bars de raleigh, point du portugal, point de vosges, bars point ecossais, flemish lace stitch, point de valenciennes, roue de sorrente, point de brabance, dentelle de prombieres, bars de cadix, point de tulle, bars point d'anvers, rosette au point corse, roue point turque, dentelle duchesse, honey comb, roue et point duchesse, lace de bruges, point de suede, lace point d'epine and point d'cluny.
136 Pages. This is unlike any crochet manual that I have ever seen from this era. It contains an endless amount of patterns - well over 100 of them! The work is mainly filet crochet and simple crochet, but there are also tatting patterns and knitted sweaters. Projects include household linens, sweaters, baby's bonnets, shawls, afghns, infant's clothing, collars, hats, yokes and much more. A fantastic book!
20 Pages. A stunning collection of five distinctive crocheted hats for ladies as well as five equally as stunning hats for girls. The photography is stunning and the patterns are well written and easy to follow. The styles for women include the "Manhattan", a brimmed hat that is shown on the cover, the "Parisian Beret", the "Cheri' " a lovely hat with a flipped up brim, the "Tamara" a lovely russian cossack style number made with persian lambs wool boucle type yarn. These timeless styles will be the envy of your friends!
11 pages. A fine collection of early Depression era knitting and crocheted garments for women and a few for men. There are several unique garments such as the knitted Mermaid swimsuit, crocheted gauntlet gloves, lovely hat and scarf sets, several sweaters and very lovely dresses. This is a lovely set of unique designs.
24 Pages. The book begins with a fascinating study into the history of crochet, along with an excellent instructional section for several useful crochet stitches. Next there are patterns for eleven edgings that are quite beautiful, with full written instructions and beautiful photography. The next section contains patterns for borders and insertions, edgings that are a bit wider than the last section and worked in filet crochet, these edgings would be perfect for decorative household linens. The next section contains stunning yokes that so grand that they are suitable for a bridal trousseau,and more simple styles for a lady's everyday lingerie. The next sections contains luncheon sets and doilies - nine distinctive patterns that would be beautiful in your home. A treasure trove of patterns!
24 Pages. This is an extremely scarce book of tatting instructions and patterns from the time of WWI. The patterns are simply stunning - with well written instructions and crisp and clear photography. There are 15 exquisite edgings - each more magnificent than the last, and five tatted medallions with matching edgings and corners. In addition to this, there are tatting patterns for three yokes, a boudoir cap with a tatted crown, a nut cup and basket, a picture frame, a butterfly motif, a handbag, and edging and motif for a handkerchief, two variations for garters, an infant's lace bonnet with matching jacket, two more bonnets, infant's shoes, two doilies and two ends for a table scarf. This is a fine collection and it is sure to become a treasure for anyone who loves tatting!
24 Pages. The objective of this book is to teach various sorts of white embroidery and needle lace known as Hedebo and Eyelet embroidery. Hedebo work takes its name from the little Danish town where it originated. It is made with the finest linens and thread and it resembles the old Italian Reticella laces. Eyelet embroidery is a form of Madeira work that has been modernized with unique designs and other peculiar innovations. This book contains concise instruction in making this embroidery, using large clear photographs and diagrams showing how to make the stitches. There are many many examples of Hedebo in this book, with details images of most of them - far more than I have room to show here. This book is a fascinating study and a treasure for the library of anyone who loves and makes this beautiful form of embroidery!
17 Pages. A wonderful pattern book of toys and doll's clothes that will be loved and cherished for years to come. The toys include, Jack Tar - the Sailor, Tommy Atkins - the Royal Guard, a complete 6 piece outfit for a 12 in. baby doll, Humpty Dumpty soft toy, a baby Panda Bear, Jolly Jumbo - the elephant, a lovely bunny rabbit, a complete 6 piece outdoor outfit - including beret - for a larger (18"?) doll, a beautiful longer dress, bonnet, jacket and pilch for a baby doll, a duck doll, bruno the bear toy and a full 6 piece outfit for a 20 inch doll. An amazing book filled with wonderful toys!
95 Pages. This is a lovely little book from the turn of the century with instructions for costuming dolls. The book was written for a young girl, but the skill level is much higher than what you would see today. There are several lovely costumes such as a simple infant's outfit to elaborate garments such as Red Riding Hood, a Japanese Kimono, Pierrot, and every day dress. The instructions and patterns are included. This is a fantastic book for those who restore vintage dolls!
107 Pages. This fascinating book is an invaluable instruction on Victorian tailoring techniques. Compiled in an A to Z format, you can easily find the technique that you need to master everyday stitches used in manual sewing. From the mundane, such as back stitching or basting to several elaborate techniques of buttonholing, French Double seam and the Mantua Maker's hem. Also included are many obscure terms, definitions and cloth descriptions. There are several dozen photographs of the individual techniques to better define the work that is being done. This book will be a true treasure to the seamstresses of the world for its valued information on these bygone techniques!
20 Pages. A stunning assortment of Prohibition Era Beaded bags all worked in Knitting or Crochet. Lovely styles that are colorful and unique - all works of art in their own right. This book also contains instructions to make a choker necklace and two lovely belts all in beadwork. A fabulous book!
14 Pages. This is a truly unique collection of instructions to make beautiful costume jewelry from Depression era. All pages of this book are in FULL COLOR, giving the full beauty of the original designs. Each design contains brief written instructions as well as a diagram of the proper threading of the jewels. There are a total of sixteen beautiful necklaces shown. There are no patterns for bracklets or novelties shown, as the title indicates. It is understood in this book that the patterns for the necklaces can also be worked into bracelets.
174 Pages. This book is an extensively illustrated handbook in the art of bobbin lace with detailed instruction into all facets of this beautiful art - including several obscure stitches and techniques. No stone is left unturned - the author begins with a short history of the development of the various techniques, and moves on to the tools involved in making the lace, including a valuable reference section with instruction to find, modify or make your own tools of the trade! The next section covers the important steps to setting up your work, such as dressing your pillow, looping your bobbins and the simple stitches to begin your work. As you move through the book, the stitches become more technical - but fear not - there are extensive and detailed illustrations that will lead you through your tasks so that you can master these intricate stitches.
Contents of the book are:
Explanation of Pillow Lace
Outfitting your work
How to Begin
Hanging on and Fastening off for Bars, Nets and Fillings
95 Pages. This book contains a unique selection of WWII era knitting patterns for Women, Men and Children. They are a lovely and simple assortment of knitted fashions and accessories, and they are a great reminder of the simple styles of the 1930's. There are patterns for socks, gloves, a beret, sweaters, blouses, suits and much more. There are also several pages describing various yarns, their uses and a descriptive section expaining stitches and the abbreviations used in this book.
194 Pages. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned lace maker, you will be hard pressed to find a better or more comprehensive reference or study to make Bobbin Lace than this excellent book. The author has a deep and expert knowledge of lace making technique, and she has dealt with the subject in an exhaustive and thoroughly practical manner. The methods of working, the clear and straightforward descriptions are given in systematic and progressive stages through a large number of diagrams - many of which have been colorized to better explain the process of lace making. This book is not intended to be a book of patterns and designs, this is a technical study of the stitches and the process of bobbin lace to enable the worker to arrange her own patterns. There is a wealth of information here in this valuable and scarce resource book.
383 Pages. A spectacular book on the topic of Hat Making from shortly before the depression in the Gilded age. This is one of the most comprehensive books I have seen on the topic. There are over 800 numbered illustrations, it covers all aspect of millinery from making frames to making over 100 types of flowers and leaves. Due to the weight of this book, additional postage will be required to ship Internationally.
31 Pages. This is an undated publication, but the patterns it contains are similar to those published between 1915 and 1920. They are all beautiful examples of Edwardian crochet. The projects include a portiere and a peacock inset in filet crochet; several centerpieces and table mats, several yokes; seven pages of edgings and medallions; children's yokes, bonnets and shoes; crocheted baskets and several designs for napkin corners. A lovely, hard to find book!
73 Pages. This book is an excellent study tool for the lace maker to use to hone their craft. Widely illustrated, with excellent detail - this book will lead you step by step through the process of making ten different laces. The unpricked patterns are included to make Fan Pattern, Cat's Face, Ring Pattern, Honeycomb Fan, True Lovers' Knot, Enlarged Honeycomb Pattern, Buckinghamshire Pattern, Floral Design, Lovely Insertion, and French Ground Laces. Each of these patterns are incorporated into lessons in this book, with many diagrams and detailed instruction. It is like having a teacher sit beside you while you learn your stitches!
52 Pages. This book contains a spectacular collection of imaginative and elegant projects constructed from various sizes and styles of ribbons. Printed in full color, these pages are a sylish reminder of the fabulous Flapper era. Projects include simple items such as decorations for shoes or millinery, garters, lovely head decorations, slippers, a brasssiere, and various other lingerie items. Other items include doll's dresses, pillows, lamp shades, lovely flowers, purses, hats and much more. This book is a must-own - not only are the projects imaginative, they are also like nothing seen today and so easy to make!
36 Pages. This book contains a spectacular collection of imaginative and elegant projects constructed from various sizes and styles of ribbons. Printed in full color, these pages are a sylish reminder of the fabulous Flapper era. Projects include simple items such as decorations for shoes or millinery, garters, lovely head decorations, slippers, a brasssiere, and various other lingerie items. Other items include doll's dresses, pillows, lamp shades, lovely flowers, purses, hats and much more. This book is a must-own - not only are the projects imaginative, they are also like nothing seen today and so easy to make!
151 Pages. A good vintage hatmaking and millinery book can be hard to find at times. Even harder to find are books that discuss the proper tools and techniques used in making and restoring men's hats. This book is a rare find indeed! It includes instructions and techniques used in making, cleaning and restoring men's hats and many images of the rare tools used in the process.
15 Pages. The beautiful and ancient art of English Smocking began as a form of garment sizing, which later developed into a highly prized form of garment decoration. It is an easy technique to master and this book contains clear diagrams and photographs that even a novice seamstress can follow. From the simple preparation of the fabric, beginning stitches to the more elaborate and colorful designs. There are pattern instructions to make the lovely smock shown on the cover, as well as a baby's smocked dress. The garment patterns are not full size patterns, but charted diagrams that are set to scale. A fabulous source of information with easy to use instructions to work this timeless technique.
71 pages. This is an undated book of lovely knitted and crochet garments for the entire family. The garments styles in this book are from the late 1920's to early 1930's and include many accessories, sweaters, afghans and infant's garments. The work is in both knitting and crochet and the book provides great detailed patterns to make the garments. This book is the best for all purpose projects, and it contains some great timeless classics.
102 Pages. Such an amazing assortment of Victorian era laces this rare and exciting book contains! These are the beautiful knotwork designs that were so popular as trims and edgings during the time of the Civil War. In addition to the dozens of of fancy fringes and insertions, other projects include a cravat, a fringe for a parasol, a work bag, a bag for a bathing dress, a beautiful basket for a layette, towels, window blinds and draperies. Also included are detailed instruction to make many different kinds of knots. The book is beautifully illustrated with large and impeccable drawings of the knots and finished projects.
135 pages. An illustrated, practical study in the fine art of Bobbin Lace As well as useful information in the care and cleaning of fine laces. This book is a useful tool to learn this fine art with timeless wisdom and techniques. Topics from the table of contents are as follows:
Important Advice on Lace Making
Preparing the Bobbins
Directions for making Italian Bobbin Lace
Directions for making Dentelle de Bruges Doily, Collar, Applique Lace & Motifs
Directions for making Guipure de Flanders Vest, Yoke & Bolero
Directions for making Ornamental Stitches "Reseau"
Directions for making Ornamental Stitches "Honeycomb"
Directions for making Ornamental Stitches "Festoon"
Directions for making Ornamental Stitches "Spider Web"
Directions for making Ornamental Stitches "Lead"
Directions for making Ornamental Stitches "Diamond"
Directions for making Ornamental Stitches "Double Reseau"
Directions for making Ornamental Stitches "Rose"
Directions for making Honiton "Rose" Collar
Directions for making Honiton Applique "Foxglove Border"
Directions for making Honiton Raised Antique Scarf
Directions for making Honiton Antique Flounce
Directions for making Duchesse Lace Border
Directions for making Brussels Lace Collar "Lilac"
44 Pages. This book contains an exquisite assortment of projects all worked in fashionable Irish Crochet. With fanciful designs and elaborate lacework, these are gorgeous examples of Edwardian artistry. The projects include several purses and bags; a lampshade, doilies and table mats; edgings, insertions and motifs; a fabulous blouse, corset cover, collars and yokes; baby's bonnets and bootees, buttons and hatpin decorations. An incredible array of ideas!
156 Pages. Profusely illustrated and highly informative, this book is a "must have" for every lace maker's library. The terms in the book are gathered from eight different forms of lace making. These categories include:
Drawn Work - Manipulation of the threads of a woven mesh by drawing or tying to form patterns. (Punto Tirato, Opus Titatum, Fil Tiré)
Darned Work - Embroidering or darning upon a mesh, providing thus a pattern. (Opus Filatorium, Filet Brodé)
Cut Work - Forming a pattern by cutting away parts of the fabric. (Opus Scissum, Punto Tagliato, Point Coupé)
Needle-point - The making of lace direct with the needle. (Punto in Aco, Point a l'aiguille)
Bobbin - A plaiting or interweaving. (Dentelle au Fuseau, Merletti Fuselli, Merletti a Piombini)
Knotted Lace - Knotted lace is of a Macrame or Tatting offshoot (Punto a Groppo)
18 Pages. A wonderful compilation of charted designs for filet crochet from nearly a century ago. This book contains excellent instruction into the art of filet crochet as well as excellent photography. The charts are easy to follow and instruction is included to make over a dozen finished projects including yokes, decorative linens, doilies, towels, and an exquisite tray cloth. If you love filet crochet, the charts alone in the book will make it a valued prize for any library!
74 Pages. This book is quite a unique find, and certainly a good study in both Point Lace and Tatting. Very different than anything you may see today, it is written as an series of letters from an aunt to her niece on the beginning steps in working tatting and point lace. Even the most basic points are covered, such as wrapping your work in a handkerchief to keep it clean. All of the basic stitches of point lace are discussed - point de bruxelles, point de venise, point d'angleterre and rosette of ditto. For tatting the instruction begins with the proper holding of the shuttle to the basic stitches and knots. The finished projects include, cuffs, handkerchief edgings, a child's dress, an infant's dress, a Vandyke collare and much more. An ancient pattern book that is both a rare and quite personal study in Victorian Lacemaking.
13 Pages. A privately published collection of thirteen exquisitely crocheted yokes from 100 years ago. The Liesenfelt ladies of Indiana mastered the art of crocheted lingerie yokes, and these designs are each a masterpiece in their own right. The instructions for each yoke are quite brief, and this book is recommended for a crocheter who is a bit more seasoned or is accustomed to vintage patterns and instructions. The photos are huge and clear, and if you can follow a pattern by a photographic example, you will have no trouble with these patterns. These designs are true masterpieces and a nostalgic reminder of the finer days of fancy crochet.
49 Pages. This unique book, written at the time of WWII is as vital today as it was nearly 70 years ago. In this day of recycling and green awareness, very little is ever said about recycling our outdated fashions. This book did just that for our grandmothers in an affort to preserve resources during wartime. It creatively explains how to use the fabric from outdated fashions and by laying out a pattern and reusing it to live for another time. It is such a great idea!
36 Pages. This book is an early, Civil War era book that is filled with interesting patterns on how to knit socks and stockings for infants, children and adults in a variety of sizes. It provides instruction in several methods to make toes, turn heels and to shape the legs. The patterns are arranged by size, children's socks are grouped by age and the socks for adults are in two sizes, with extra patterns to make a gent's knickbocker or kilt hose. There are no pictures for the working of the socks and stockings, but there are several pictures and instructions to make lacey patterns be used to make fancier stockings. A treasure trove of patterns for lovers of sock knitting!
36 Pages. A much sought-after and hard to find instruction book on the fine art of needle tatting. Very well written and well illustrated instructions, it is no wonder why the the Mdlle Reigo books are so cherished by tatters and lace makers alike. The patterns include edgings, a collar in the Oriel Pattern, insertions, a collar in the Maltese pattern with cuffs to match, a fruit doily, bunch of grapes lace, an applique for a waistcoat and a mourning collar.
142 Pgs. A comprehensive guide to Victorian era Ladies' Arts. Included in this book is information and patterns in Berlin Work, Crochet, Knitting, Knotting or Macrame, Lace Making, Netting, Poonah Painting and Tatting. Profusely illustrated with 4 colorized pages. A wonderful Work Table book!
254 Pages. This Macrame source book is an enormous collection of Victorian era projects and techniques. The book is written by a teacher for students, and it is divided into three "stages" of ability. A description of the table of contents is here:
160 Pages. Stringing beads and baubles is one of oldest of crafts dating back thousands of years. Whether is is an island aborigine string cowrie shells, or the intricate beaded artwork of the American Indian - beading is part of the culture of man. This Edwardian era book explores beading from its simplest form, the simple strung chain and progresses on to loom beading and many patterns and designs are given (including a pattern to make your very own bead loom) to help you better understand and appreciate this art form. This book is profusely illustrated with a wise variety of patterns and designs. An excellent study into this ancient art!
16 Pages. This is an excellent crochet pattern book of hard to find edgings and insertions which also includes patterns for a lovely yoke and infant's bonnet. With large, easy to study illustrations of the laces and excellent instructions on how to make them - this book will be a treasured addition to any crochet library. Also included is a well illustrated introduction to crochet stitches that is well written and easy to follow. If you ever wanted to jump into crocheted vintage laces, this is a great place to start!
108 pages. One of the earliest pattern books from the Lion brand company that I have ever seen, this book contains an excellent assortment of patterns for the entire family. The beginning of the book contains a section of very handy and well illustrated instructions on how to do the stitches used in the book. There are many beautiful afghans and blankets for a baby as well as several sacques and kimonos to keep your wee little one warm. Also there are several sweaters for a child, a baby's cape with hood, several infant's bonnets, leggings, mittens and bootees. For women this book contains a lovely pattern for a bath robe, an evening coat, an opera cape, the cabled Maynard sweater, lady's high neck sweater, a crocheted jacket, a knitted jacket, several scarfs and shawls, a fascinator, an evening mitten, and much more. For men there are sweaters, waistcoats, several designs for golf stockings - including fancy topper for mens stockings, socks, gloves, and knee-caps. There are also several pages of patterns for afghans, in many unique designs. This is a 100-year-old treasure trove of lovely patterns!
64 Pages. The Peace Dale yarn company was a very small local knitting yarn manufacturing company that was once located in southern Rhode Island. They published just a small number of pattern books in the early 1920's before the Great Depression, when troubled times and a World Warclosed their doors forever. This edition from Peace Dale contains a fabulous assortment of "Gatsby Era" knitting and crochet resort fashions that you will not find anywhere else. With over 50 patterns to choose from, the patterns include hats, scarfs, leg warmers, jackets, sweaters, cardigans for ladies and girls. There are also several afghans, infant's garments, as well as sweaters and accessories for men and boys. This is a treasure trove of great easy to follow patterns from a fashionable golden age!
44 Pages. For both the amateur and experienced workers in crochet and knitting alike, there will be lovely patterns for for every skill level. There is more crochet here than knitting, and most of the crochet patterns are variations of filet crochet - with excellent charts and well written instructions. The patterns include filet crochet motifs for the nursery to be used in curtains or decorations for the crib, there are also very lovely filet additions to be added to pillowcases or infants garments. For the lady's boudoir there are crochet caps, slippers - as well as a lovely hairpin lace edging for a handkerchief, and beautiful delicate edging for an apron. There are also lovely filet crochet yokes for a lady's lingerie, filet inserts for tea cloths, pillows and table runners, hand towels, and a lovely crochet wrap. In knitting there are several sweaters - something for all ages - in addition to this there are excellent instructions with photos in the basic stitches in knitting and crochet. This is a fine book of vintage patterns that you will not find anywhere else!
64 Pages. This book is the perfect tool to make your own millinery creation. It provides over 200 clear illustrations and step by step instructions from beginning to end to create hats using a buckram foundation. Using fabric, a few easy to obtain tools, your favorite material and your creative mind - there is no limit to what you can fashion with your own two hands! Whether you fancy to make an over the top creation for "Kentucky Derby Day" or a beautiful set of bridesmaid's hats for your own wedding, there is no limit to what you can do once you know how! In this book it shows all the basic beginning steps in hat making as well as chapters of instruction to make a fashionable flat brimmed Sailor Shape hat, the classic 1950's Pillbox Hat, a curvaceous Calotte, a perky little Bonnet, a sophisticated Breton and a saucy little Stitched Hat. Why pay a high price for the perfect little hat - when you can fashion, decorate and create one for yourself!