19th Century Berlin Work Book 1


45 pages of charted designs from the mid-1900s will delight modern-day needlepointers and cross stitchers with dozens of floral designs, animals, alphabets and geometric patterns.

Synthetic dyes developed in the 1830s led to brilliantly colored wool yarns, and their popularity influenced a style of needlepoint which became known as “Berlin Work” or “Berlin wool work.” Wool yarns were most commonly used for canvas embroidery, but accents of silk or cotton thread, metallic thread and even beads were popular as well.Small booklets offered patterns catering to the Victorian love of nature-inspired motifs, repeating geometric patterns and monograms. Because the patterns were heavily used, very often only the individual pages survived but the original booklet was still an intact large folded sheet, with all designs included. This collection was printed in Germany during the mid-19th century by H. K. Berlin S.W.

Charted designs are a universal language with each square on the graph paper representing a single completed stitch, so these are easily adapted by modern needleworkers for both needlepoint and counted cross stitch. Antique “Berlin Work” was most often worked in Continental (Tent) or Half Cross stitches on evenweave canvas, although full Cross stitches were sometimes used both on canvas and linen fabric.

Softcover book (6″ x 8-1/4″) with 51 pages. All patterns are clearly charted on graph paper, suitable for needlepoint and counted cross stitch. If this title shows as out-of-stock, it will be backordered and shipped from the publisher in about 2 weeks, at no additional charge.

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