A Scholehouse For The Needle Book Seventeenth Century Embroidery Patterns

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embroidery-sprigs-bug-vintage-crafts-and-moreThe embroidery sprigs found on this blog post are from the pattern book A Scholehouse for the Needle by Richard Shorleyker published in 1632, but I found these examples in a book titled Embroidery edited by Mrs. Archibald H. Christie and published in 1909.

 

Embroidery Book

It is “A collection of articles on subjects connected with the study of fine needlework, including stitches, materials, methods of work, and designing, and history, with numerous illustrations and coloured plates of modern work.

Here are more embroidery books written and edited by Mrs. Grace Christie.

 

The book I used I found on Archive.org. You can choose from several different download options. I usually download the PDF file. It’s easy and fast, just remember where you save it so you can find it later. Most of the time I save mine to the desktop, then I move them to the proper file. Here’s the link:  Embroidery.

Samplers and Pattern Books

When you study collections of samplers from a long time ago, you’ll notice that they often have certain details in common. Such as a little cross stitch bird, baskets of fruit and flowers, borders and floral sprigs. That leads us to believe that the needleworkers of that time may have chosen elements for their designs from the same book of patterns.

Few of these pattern books survived in comparison to the great many that once existed, but it’s not surprising, since they were greatly used, often pricked through the print of the pattern and pounced through perforations onto the material. This way of making tracings, and sometimes pages being ripped out, most certainly hurt the books, making editions very hard to find.

History of Lace

For more information on old pattern books, Mrs. Bury Palliser’s History of Lace has an appendix with a long list of them with descriptive notes. You can find this book and many others at Archive.org.

There is a copy published in 1865 and also one that was published ten years later in 1875.  They are in several languages and cover the period of 1527 to 1784. Many of them concern lace, but some of the books have designs specially arranged for embroidery.

If you’d like a hard copy of History of Lace by Mrs. Bury Palliser, Dover Publishing has a reproduced copy available on Amazon. I did find a couple originals for sale, but they were $94 and up.

A Scholehouse For The Needle

One English book, which has special interest for embroiderers is A Scholehouse for the Needle by Richard Shorleyker printed in London in 1632. It’s a teaching book with patterns and examples with an emphasis on arranging your own designs.

For this reason even today this book is beneficial but hard to find. Doing a search for it, all I found were reproduced copies. Some of them costing hundreds of dollars. I didn’t see any originals available. One reproduced book on Etsy was $32 and ships from the United Kingdom.

I found several images of individual book pages available here and there on the internet when I did a Google search for them.

Seventeenth Century Embroidery Patterns

It’s interesting to see examples of seventeenth-century patterns. The sprigs are in rows in the book. You’ll find many similar designs on the embroidered clothing of that time period.

 

A Scholehouse for the Needle Pattern Book Embroidery Sprigs and Bug

A Scholehouse for the Needle Pattern Book Embroidery Sprigs

 

In addition to using the patterns individually, you can build up the designs by arranging them in groups.

Here’s an Example

A Scholehouse for the Needle embroidery sprigs design

The figure to the right used the rose like spray, second to last on the first row of designs, its repeated four times. The main stem radiating outward. You’ll find the detached sprig in the second row of designs at the end.

A frame surrounds it and shows how a design can develop into something new.

 

 

 

To print or save the images, click on them, they will open in a new window and there you can save or print them.

In addition to saving or printing them from this post, I’ve made a one sheet PDF file you can download below:

Embroidery Designs From A Scholehouse For The Needle

The pattern is in PDF format so to read it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

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Enjoy!

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More Swedish (Huck) Weaving Embroidery Patterns

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

Swedish weaving embroidery pattern posts are one of the most viewed on this blog. It could be because it’s easy to learn and the designs look very complicated but really aren’t.

If you’re interested in learning Swedish (Huck) Embroidery, I have two previous blogs that will take you step-by-step through the process, beginning with the tools you’ll need.

You can find those posts in their entirety using these links:

Swedish Huck Weaving Embroidery Instructions and Designs

AND

How to do Swedish (Huck) Weaving Embroidery

I really like the patterns I’m sharing today, they are geometric and colorful. Starting from a very easy wave pattern to a more intricate zig-zag.

Here’s the full page of design patterns, I’ll post each individually after it.

 

Swedish Embroidery Pattern Sheet - Vintage Crafts and More

This particular page of Swedish embroidery patterns comes from a 1953 American Thread booklet called Pot Holders.

With these designs you simply follow the diagrams. Embroidery Cotton is used, the colors are listed, but you can choose your own combinations of colors.

There is a paragraph of General Directions for Swedish Embroidery, but using the links above to the previous posts will give you a more detailed How-To.

Swedish Embroidery General Directions - Vintage Crafts and More

Below are the individual designs:

 

Swedish Embroidery Pattern Waves - Vintage Crafts and MoreSwedish Embroidery Pattern Red and Black - Vintage Crafts and More

The two above seem to be the easiest, not having to deal with too many lines to follow. The next two are more intricate and require several colors, but they could be done in all one color and still make a great design for a towel, table runner or cloth.

 

Swedish Embroidery Pattern - Vintage Crafts and MoreSwedish Embroidery Pattern Zig Zag - Vintage Crafts and More

If you’d like to save or print any of the patterns individually, click on the one you’d like, it will open in a new window and there you can save or print it using your computer’s browser.

If you’d like to save these patterns for later as a PDF file, click on the link below:

Swedish Embroidery Patterns PDF

The pattern sheet is in PDF format so to read it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

If you like this page, be sure to share it with your friends and like our Facebook Fanpage so you can get updates every time we post new patterns.

Enjoy!


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Fancy Antique Alphabet Patterns for Embroidery Monograms

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

Today’s freebie is a set of fancy alphabet letters you can use for embroidery or other crafting. Young embroiderers used the alphabets to practice their stitches and went on to use them to create samplers, quilts and other household items.

Antique A to Embroidery - Vintage Crafts and More

This is the A and the rest of the alphabet is just as pretty.  I believe this page was pulled from one of my Peterson’s Ladies Magazines. It’s certainly over 100 years old.

I’ve cleaned up the page, but haven’t gone over the outline of the letters so there may be some gaps here and there that you’ll have to fill in when you trace them.

You can find some diagrams of basic embroidery stitches in this earlier post of mine and Craftsy has a some very good photos and instructions of how to do 10 Hand Embroidery Stitches. These will help you get started.

 

Antique Alphabet to Embroidery - Vintage Crafts and More

To save or print the alphabet page above, simply click on it, it will open in another window where you can save or print it using your computer’s browser. You can also use the little green Print Friendly Button at the bottom of the post.

If you’d like to save it for later in PDF format, the link is below:

Antique Alphabet to Embroidery

The pattern sheet is in PDF format so to download it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here. There are also free Adobe Reader Apps for mobile devices.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

Please share your favorite needlework hints, tips and projects in the comments below or with us on Facebook.

Enjoy!

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Swedish Weaving Patterns for Towels, Place Mats and an Apron

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Swedish Weaving Patterns - Vintage Crafts and More

The Swedish Weaving patterns I’m sharing today are from Modern Trends, a 1954 Coats & Clark booklet. It includes patterns for  Hairpin Lace, Crochet and these Swedish Weaving designs for an Apron, Towels and Place Mats.

The designs are all worked on Huck Toweling or Monk’s Aida Cloth.

To embroidery the designs, skeins of Six Strand Embroidery Floss or Pearl Cotton can be used with good results.

Most huck towels have vertical loops on one side and horizontal loops on the other; each set of directions states on which side the design is to be worked.

Cut threads into 30-inch lengths. When beginning weaving, leave 3 inches of thread free. When weaving is completed weave back through design for 1 inch, or equivalent. Finish off 3-inch length in same manner.

When starting new thread in center of row, begin weaving 1 inch before end of previous thread. When article has been completed, press well on wrong side.

Swedish Weaving Towel and Place Mat Patterns - Vintage Crafts and More

I’ve done two earlier posts that give you the how-to’s of Swedish Weaving. Check out How to do Swedish Weaving and Swedish Weaving Huck Weaving Embroidery Instructions. Both of these posts have written instructions and lots of diagrams on the craft of Swedish Weaving.

 

Swedish Weaving Apron Pattern - Vintage Crafs and More

Below you’ll find the 3-page PDF file to download for later:

Swedish Weaving Patterns PDF

The pattern file is in PDF format so to download it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

If you like this page, be sure to share it with your friends and like our Facebook Fanpage so you can get updates every time we post new patterns.

Please share your favorite needlework hints, tips and projects in the comments below or with us on Facebook.

Enjoy!

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