Victorian Charted Patterns for Motifs & Borders: Designs for Needlepoint & Cross Stitch (Paperback)
These delicate, softly shaded designs are timeless and very likely more modern than you'd expect from Victorian needlework. Most are adapted from traditional European folk needlework patterns used for clothing and home decoration.
This collection is reproduced from German textile designer Friedrich Fischbach's work titled "Stickerei-Muster" (embroidery patterns) published around 1890. The patterns were printed in full color on small cards gathered into portfolios. The original cards measured only a few inches and the charts have been enlarged for easier use.
Many of these charts use whole stitches, making them suitable for both needlepoint and cross stitch. Others are worked almost entirely in backstitches to produce airy, ornate patterns of Blackwork-like filigree.
Designs charted on graph paper are a universal language, with each square on the pattern representing a single stitch. Basic counted thread stitches begin on page 50, and a page of graph paper is included as an aid to help you create your own projects.
These charts are reproduced from the original antiques, and some signs of age and wear will be visible. Antique printing processes were not as clear and accurate as the charts modern stitchers are accustomed to using, and these are not reccomended for novice stitchers. No actual projects are offered, these charts are a collection of borders and motifs that can be used for your own creations.
8-1/2 by 11 inch softcover with 56 pages; 47 pages of full color charts.