Charted Patterns from 19th Century Paris: Trigoulet’s Ouverages de Dames


Small needlework pattern booklets became widely available in the mid-to-late 19th century; these are typical examples of the “leporello-style” format with accordion-pleated pages which unfold into a long strip. This series by French publisher Trigoulet stands out with its vivid burgundy backgrounds at a time when most paterns were printed in blue or black. Like other items of fragile paper ephemera, it’s remarkable that any have survived at all.

This collection was originally intended for lace making techniques such as netting, Guipure and filet crochet but charted patterns are a universal language that can be used for needlepoint, counted cross stitch and beadwork as well. The use of these patterns can be seen in antique home decor including curtains, bedspreads and tablecloths

Each chart uses whole stitches, making them suitable for both needlepoint and cross stitch as well as filet crochet and beadwork. The most unusual feature of this series that all patterns can be worked with a single color, as silhouette-style against a dark background, but many offer the option of subtle shading indicated by the dotted symbol squares (for example, white with pale gray shading, or ecru with light beige). Some patterns would adapt beautifully to multicolor schemes of your own devising


Softcover book (8″ x 10″) with 43 pages. All patterns are charted on graph paper, suitable for needlepoint and counted cross stitch; please note that the quality of antique printing may not be as clear and crisp as modern patterns. If there aren’t any copies in stock, your book will be backordered and shipped from the printers in about 2 weeks at no additional charge.

ISBN 979-8628440933. It’s also available on Amazon. Click here to be redirected. Customers outside the US should use the ISBN number for local ordering options from Amazon and other retailers.

2 in stock (can be backordered)