This is the July 1901 issue of Home Needlework Magazine, with the loveliest vintage roses and butterfly illustration on the front cover. This magazine is a real treat for anyone interested in crochet, lace making, embroidery, the needle arts or antique linens.
The BEST PART is the 7 1/2 pages (including frontispiece) that are devoted to Chatelaine Bags and Purses. These are crochet patterns for beaded bags. There is a Small beaded silk chatelaine bag; a small Tam O’ Shanter style Coin Purse; a Crocheted Silk Violet Purse Design; a Steel Bead Crocheted Silk Chatelaine Bag; and a Crocheted Beaded Silk Chatelaine Bag. These are gorgeous designs. This style of purse is all the rage with collectors right now. If you are looking for authentic antique purse patterns using beads, here they are!
There are 6 color plates in this issue. They are: Wistaria; Red Poppy; Pond Lilies (water lily); Glorie De Dijon Rose; Pansies; and Doily design for Drawn Work. These flower designs in embroidery are incorporated into doilies and linens that are shown elsewhere in the book. Specific embroidery instructions are given, in addition to the lovely color photos. Then the floral designs are combined with amazing, elaborate lace edgings, and the book also shows necessary lacemaking techniques so that you can actually make completed pieces.
Specific Contents Include:
Mexican and Virginia Drawn Work: 6 pages of instructions.
Lessons in embroidery: 9 pages.
Centerpieces and Doilies: 24 pages of the most creative and interesting doilies I have ever seen. If you shop the finest antique stores you would be lucky to find pieces like this! If you are looking for heirloom-quality patterns for your crafting endeavors, these would be a good choice!
Lace Making: 39 pages of instructions on how to make Needle lace. Mentions Point De Brussels, Point D’Angleterre, Point De Sorrento, Point De Venise, Spanish Net, Valenciennes, Bruges, Venetian, Flemish, Duchesse, Renaissance, Royal Battenberg, and more. Includes both detailed diagrams of each stitch, plus descriptive text. Covers materials as well as stitches.
Sofa Pillows: 7 pages including an exquisite Pansy pillow, a May Queen Pillow, A Colonial Maidens Pillow, an Empire Pillow, and a Minuet Pillow. These designs are VERY antique looking!
Simple Point Lace Handerchief: 1 page.
To Launder Embroidered Linens: 1/2 page.
Drawnwork: 2 1/2 pages.
Antique ads: 4 1/2 page plus back cover.
The magazine is 280 numbered pages plus colored plates (which are not numbered.) The magazine measures approx 8 inches long by approx 5 1/2 inches wide. It’s packed with lovely things to make!
More Fabulous Beadwork Patterns
If you’re new to beadwork, a vintage magazine like this one is not the best way to learn the technique; the instructions in vintage books tend to assume the reader is already an expert. If you want to learn bead crochet, there are a several fantastic resources I recommend:
- The Beaded Edge 2 gives you the prettiest introduction to bead crochet you could possibly ask for.
- Sarah Hazell’s Crochet Stitch Dictionary gives you concise and complete instructions for the basic bead crochet stitches like beaded single crochet and beaded doubles. It also gives you instructions for a couple of less common bead crochet stitches, plus just about every other type of crochet stitch you could possibly want to learn — shells, fans, lace stitches, spike stitches, post stitches and more.
- Crochet Master Class gives you easy-to-understand lessons and patterns for working bead crochet, beaded tapestry crochet and a whole bunch of other spectacular crochet techniques.
- See More of the Best Bead Crochet Books
More Old Magazines That Include Vintage Crochet and Needlework Patterns:
- The October 1899 issue of Home Needlework includes patterns for a silk crochet baby hat, a crochet doily and a tasseled crochet linen.
- Find More Vintage Home Needlework Magazines