Vintage Embroidery and Sewing Books

Below you will find a large selection of free downloads from my collection of vintage embroidery and sewing books and booklets.

I still have a lot more to add so come back often!

The Anchor Needlework Series and the Needlework Development Scheme

This series of small booklets were originally published by the Needlework Development Scheme in Scotland in the 1930s and 40s. They were published under several different brand names until the 1960s.

Each booklet contains instructions and sample designs using a number of different stitches.

There were three different versions of book 1 and two versions of book 2 printed as the first Needlework Development Scheme publications were aimed at teachers and school children rather than the wider public. I have supplied two versions of each below and am still looking out for the other one.

The Good Needlework Gift Book

Make Do and Mend Booklets

Smocking Booklets

Toy Making:

The "Perfection" Cuddly Toymaking Kit

The Perfection Cuddly Toymaking Kit

The Perfection Cuddly Toymaking Kit was originally published in the early 1950's in Australia as a home education course for women who wanted to earn extra money making toys, bags, novelties and flowers. The ten booklets contain two lessons each, designed to build on the skills of the student, with well over 20 projects to make.

The Perfection Cuddly Toymaking Kit