Mary Corbet

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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Great Embroidery Pattern Resource!


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Here’s a terrific resource for free embroidery patterns, along with some tutorial information on cleaning up scanned patterns. I think you’ll find these patterns super-useful for all kinds of embroidery techniques – either to use as they are, or to use a source of inspiration for adapting.

The website is actually named after an old embroidery stamping catalog, the J. F. Ingalls pattern catalog from 1886.

Update: May, 2013: the original website for this article is no longer available. Instead, visit this collection of the J. F. Ingalls pattern catalog images on Flickr.



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  1. Mary, I have tried in vain to find John Governale and his wonderful scanned patterns; but simply can’t find him or them. Any suggestions?
    Thank you,

    1. Hi, Cynthia – It’s always disappointing when a website like that disappears! In the meantime, though, I’ve updated the link in the article above, to direct readers to a Flickr page that has a whole slew of the J.F. Ingalls patterns available on it. I hope that helps! ~MC

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