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.

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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Edge in Petal or Cluny Tatting – VTNS Fan Freebie

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

 

 


Have you ever seen a beautiful piece of Cluny lace?

Cluny lace has long pointed tallies called wheat ears and is a geometric style of bobbin lace.

 

 

 

With today’s freebie you can get the same look without twisting lengths of thread on a bobbin. Instead there’s a technique called Petal or Cluny Tatting that can give you the same effect.

 

Petal or Cluny Edge Tatting Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

 

The work is done with a shuttle and ball. It’s not easy, but by taking a look at the tutorial links below and practice, you can probably come up with a pretty Petal Tatting edge.

 

Petal or Cluny Edge Tatting Pattern Illustration 1 - Vintage Crafts and MorePetal or Cluny Edge Tatting Pattern Illustration 2 - Vintage Crafts and More

There are many places on the internet with tutorials on Petal or Cluny tatting. Here are a few:

Tatting a Cluny Leaf A YouTube video by tatmantats

Tatting Cluny Leaves by Hand A Needle Tatter’s Version

Hanging Cluny Leaf Flower Pattern and process by Tim TenClay

Also, in my research on Cluny Tatting, I found a super website by Georgia Seitz aka AKTATTER called Hanging the Cluny. She has a great page of information and links for making this pretty lace.

Here’s the pattern included in Aunt Ellen’s How-To Book on Needlework published in 1954.

Petal or Cluny Edge Tatting Pattern Instructions - Vintage Crafts and More

To print the pattern  or any other photo on the post, click on it, it will open in a new window, go to file, print and you’ll have a printed copy of the page.

Also at the bottom of the post there is a green Print Friendly button that will give you several options to print and save.

Find more about Tatting and how to do it in this previous post, Tatting Instructions.

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

Enjoy!

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Free Vintage Crochet Pattern Beautiful Star of Hope Doily

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Welcome to VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie Friday!

I hope all of your shopping is done and the packages are wrapped so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the holiday season. Wishful thinking for me!

Vintage Crafts and More - Star of Hope Doily Vintage Crochet Pattern

Although this vintage doily pattern is ambitious I just had to share it. The title of this crochet doily pattern is Star of Hope which I felt was perfect for this time of year. It may not be done in time for this year’s festivities but save it for next year.

I saw several other vintage crochet patterns named Star of Hope, but I didn’t see one exactly like this.

This doily is an impressive 14½ inches in diameter with a wonderful star shape made with crochet clusters and chain-loops.

Mercerized Crochet Cotton in Size 30 is used with a No. 10 crochet hook. The pattern is done in white or off-white, but any color you choose would do.

Star of Hope Doily Vintage Crochet Pattern

The pattern 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.

Enjoy!

1904 The Delineator Magazine Article – Modern Lace Making

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

Today I’ve chosen an article about lace from a 1904 Delineator Magazine. It doesn’t give instructions on making lace, but provides a glimpse into it’s uses in the early 20th century.

Vintage Crafts and More - 1904 Delineator Magazine Modern Lace Making Article

An American women’s magazine of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, The Delineator was founded by the Butterick Publishing Company.

It featured Butterick sewing patterns, fashions of the day, needlework and short fiction stories.

I only have a few, wish I had more, but I love to look through and read them.

The scans include the advertisements which can be fun to look at and see what kind of things were for sale and what they cost back then.

Here is the article:

1904 Delineator Magazine Article Modern Lace Making

The pattern 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.

Enjoy!

Vintage Crochet Pattern Lace Valentine Bedspread

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Welcome to the VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Facebook Fanpage Fan Freebie Friday. Today we are sharing a beautiful lacy bedspread vintage crochet pattern.  The design reminds me of the gingerbread lattice on a the porch of a Victorian Era home.

Lace Valentine Bedspread Crochet Pattern Motif
A great pattern for lace lovers.  It’s called “Lace Valentine” and graces the cover of a publication from Lily Crochet Cotton called Crocheted Bedspreads. This pattern booklet is not dated but I’d guess it’s from the 1940s.

Each block measures about 5¼ inches square when blocked and requires 45 yards. Lily’s Skytone Mercerized Crochet Cotton is called for, but no longer available.  Mercerized thread undergoes a process to make it stronger and give it a luster.  There are many suitable crochet cottons for bedspreads available now that you could substitute.  Just make sure the mercerized cotton thread you choose matches the size of the motif when finished, 5¼ inches square.

The Correct Sizes of Crochet Hooks chart below will help in finding a substitute for the Sky-Tone cotton thread.   You’ll notice that the same size crochet hooks are suggested for the Size 10 cotton and the Sky-Tone Size 1, but still check the finished motif’s measurements.

Chart of Correct Sizes of Crochet Hooks for Different Sizes of Thread
Lace Valentine Bedspread Crochet Pattern

 

Even though this is described as a bedspread pattern each of the pretty motifs are crocheted  individually and then joined together.  So you could make a pillow, tablecloth or any size bedspread out of this pattern.  It would just depend on the amount of lacy blocks you crocheted and how you join them together.

When you look at the pattern instructions you’ll notice that it requires you to crochet “Clusters” which are explained in the book:

 

 

 

CLUSTER – This consists of 2 or more dc, tr, dtr, or tr tr, gathered together at top into a tight group. Hold the last loop of each st on hook, then thread over and draw thru all loops on hook at once, pulling tight. Stitches can be made thru either both loops of stitches of previous row or thru the back loops only. If not specified, take up both loops.

I’ve also included the complete Terms and Explanation of Stitches page from the booklet.

Lace Valentine Bedspread Crochet Pattern Terms

Looking at the design for this pattern, if you leave off the Clusters on each corner, I see a really pretty Snowflake Ornament. You could make several in white and stiffen them (find Crochet Snowflake Stiffeners and instructions in this post).

They would be a pretty decorations for your tree, as a tag on a package, or garland hung around your home.  This is really a versatile crochet pattern.

The PDF file for the pattern is below:

Lace Valentine Bedspread Design

The pattern 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 below and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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