Collingbourne Mills manufactured cotton thread to be used in a variety of needlework projects. It was only natural that Collingbourne’s would offer pattern books in order to drive more thread sales; Collingbourne’s pattern books provided their customers with lovely and useful projects that utilized their threads. The pattern books doubled as advertising for their threads.
These books are particularly collectible, both for their patterns and also for their unique cover art illustrations. I am not certain who designed the patterns in these books; I think that “Virginia Snow” might have been a pseudonym or a “pen name”, but I am not really sure about that. If you have any further information about the books or their author(s), please do comment!
I’ve owned quite a few of the books, and I’ve shared photos and project descriptions for many of them. I hope you’ll enjoy taking a look.
Click on Any of These Books To See More Details: A Listing of the Crochet Patterns and Projects Included, Plus Photos of the Book’s Contents.
- Collingbourne’s Elgin Maid book
- Collingbournes Yokes, Filet, Cluny, Tatting Book No. 9
- Virginia Snow’s Authority on Bead Bags, Necklaces, Etc. Book No. 29
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This page was last updated on 6-6-2019.