New Obsession – Antique Sample Books

I have found a new obsession. I want want want to collect antique embroidery sample books. Possibly french ones. But ones at least that are filled with dusty pages and exquisite embroidery and old leather covers. Want.

Want a new obsession? See more over on trouvais, with more examples of books you’ll want. Just a warning.

You know what else this makes me want to do? Bind all our sample stitch outs into a big, ornate gothic looking leather book for future generations to ponder over. Never mind that it would be filled with skulls and steampunk instead of flowers. That would just make it more unique, right?


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9 Responses to “New Obsession – Antique Sample Books”

  1. 1
    andrea b says:

    AGREED. Cause these people thought that that particular flower and style were totally cutting edge. In a hundred years skulls will be considered so incredibly a sign of another era… especially the sugar ones 🙂

    It’s possibly a good thing that I don’t have enough money to feed my children AND purchase said antique embroidery collections…

  2. 2
    Elfie B. says:

    I just want to SMELL those samples… The smell of well-preserved fabric is ambrosia.

  3. 3
    Paulette Scott says:

    A Wonderful Idea!!! I have been making patches out of all my sew-outs…have put them on pants and tee shirts but I Love the Idea of “book making”

  4. 4
    Tabitha O. says:

    Holy cow YES you should do that and bind all yours together!

  5. 5

    Oh by all means bind them! I have a knitted lace sample book in my collection- bound in an old hymnal cover on muslin pages with pinked edges. Its one of my favorite pieces in the sewing room.

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    becky says:

    Super idea.

  7. 7
    Patti Vajda says:

    Can you produce designs like this for us to create our own samples?

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    Kai' says:

    While a sample book of your own work couldn’t be ‘more unique’* it would definitely be unique and worthwhile. Working with the knowledge we have now of how valued such items are to future generations should be an encouragement to artisans of all kinds to make such things.

    *Sorry. Something can only be unique or not. Adding ‘more’ or any other adjective is redundant and annoying to us poor language geeks.

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    Jeanine says:

    Oh My! Why did I not think of binding together all those samples and tests I have? This is gorgegous! Thanks!

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