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Monday, February 25, 2013

Who Slew Goliath? Elhanan or David?

http://www.breslov.com/bible/
http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/

According to Rabbi Chaim Potok, author of Wanderings...History of the Jews, it was Elhanan:  "[In fear of king Saul] David fled for his life when Saul sent his own agents to kill him, slipping out the window of his bedroom, aided by his wife, Michal daughter of Saul, and running off into the night, weaponless.  Then began the years of flight and wandering, from Gibeah to Ramah, where he met the aged Samuel in the company of ecstatics; from Ramah to the court sanctuary at Nob, where the priest Ahimelech, unaware that David was being hunted by the king, gave him food and the sword of Goliath, which had been placed behind the ephod -- some kind of oracular garment or image about whose nature scholars can make no clear determination.  David did not know that the sword of Goliath was in the sanctuary -- which is strange.  One imagines him wearing it all through the years of wandering and freebooting that follow; and one begins to understand how it was that the name of Goliath became associated with David and why in the end David was credited with slaying him when, according to II Samuel 21:19, it was actually an obscure soldier named Elhanan who engaged in that act of heroic single combat only to have his name eclipsed by a later accident of history." [page 143]

And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew [the brother of] Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.  II Samuel 21:19 ~ KJV

And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Beth-lehemite slew Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.

Same scripture, II Samuel 21:19, but the Jewish version this time.

http://www.breslov.com/bible/2_Samuel21.htm#19


 
Ok, clearly there is a discrepancy, and although I love reading my King James Version of the Bible, and always will -- I am not opposed to correction of the text whenever needed.  In this case, it appears that David did not really kill the giant, Goliath the Gittite.  Evidently it was actually Elhanan who did.  It seems that the translators of the King James Version were in error on that point; and I doubt that it was intentional.  Just as Jewish scribes made a similar error when re-telling the history of the Jews' political relations with king Hiram of Tyre, they mis-translated the original text... To err is Human, after all.

Also notice that Goliath is called "the Gittite" in both scriptures -- not, the "giant".

http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/search.php?cx=partner-pub-3004108712154911%3Ac4rrh3xku7n&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=ISO-8859-1&safe=on&q=giants&hs=1&sa=Search

(That also was accounted a land of giants:  giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims; [Deuteronomy 2:20, KJV]

Deuteronomy 2:18-23, in the Jewish Bible:
 
'Thou art this day to pass over the border of Moab, even Ar;
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and when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, harass them not, nor contend with them; for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon for a possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession.--
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That also is accounted a land of Rephaim:  Rephaim dwelt therein aforetime; but the Ammonites call them Zamzummim,
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a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakim; but HaShem destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead;
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as He did for the children of Esau, that dwell in Seir, when He destroyed the Horites from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day;
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and the Avvim, that dwelt in villages as far as Gaza, the Caphtorim, that came forth out of Caphtor, destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.--

The Jewish version calls the Zamzummin of Ammon "tall, as the Anakim", but the KJV calls them "giants".  The Jewish version doesn't use the term, "giants".
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And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature .

And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants : and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
 
Numbers 13:30-33 KJV
 
And Caleb stilled the people toward Moses, and said: 'We should go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.'
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But the men that went up with him said: 'We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.'
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And they spread an evil report of the land which they had spied out unto the children of Israel, saying: 'The land, through which we have passed to spy it out, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.
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And there we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.'
 
Numbers 13:30-33 Jewish version
 
Again, the Jewish version speaks of the Anak from the Nephilim as having tall stature and being too fierce, too strong, to beat in combat -- but unlike the KJV, it doesn't refer to them as "giants".

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The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims;
 
Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites call them Emims.
 
Deuteronomy 2:10-11 KJV
 
The Emim dwelt therein aforetime, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakim;
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these also are accounted Rephaim, as the Anakim; but the Moabites call them Emim
 
Deuteronomy 2:10-11 Jewish Bible

Here, it becomes more apparent to me, that the word "Rephaim" in the Jewish text is used instead of the word "giants" in the King James Version.  Also, the Rephaim (called Emim by the Moabites) were like the Anakims (ie tall in stature).  The Ammonites called the Rephaim, "Zamzummim".
 
So the tall people, the Rephaim, were called Emim by the Moabites and Zamzummim by the Ammonites.  And, they (the Rephaim / Emim / Zamzummim) were like the Anakims.  If they were like the Anakims, then they were tall -- but they were not the Anakims.
 
So, in one region there were the Rephaim / Emim / Zamzummim; and in another region that the Israelites were considering for settlement, there were the Nephilim:  the sons of Anak.
 
All tall and mighty men, but not necessarily of the same tribe.  At least two different tribes of very tall people, here.
 
It is interesting to note, that Maximinus Thrax, considered one of the finest Caesars of Rome, was reputed to have been extremely tall (>8 feet).
 
 
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And the coast of Og king of Bashan, which was of the remnant of the giants, that dwelt at Ashtaroth and at Edrei,
 
Joshua 12:4 KJV
 
and the border of Og king of Bashan, of the remnant of the Rephaim, who dwelt at Ashtaroth and at Edrei,

Joshua 12:4 Jewish Bible

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There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
 
Genesis 6:4 KJV
 
 
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
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that the sons of G-d saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives, whomsoever they chose.
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And HaShem said: 'My spirit shall not abide in man for ever, for that he also is flesh; therefore shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.'
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The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of G-d came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown.
5
And HaShem saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6
And it repented HaShem that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.
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And HaShem said: 'I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and creeping thing, and fowl of the air; for it repenteth Me that I have made them.'
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But Noah found grace in the eyes of HaShem.
Genesis 6:1-8 Jewish Bible
 
In the KJV, the Nephilim are referred to as "giants".
 
 
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All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for these did Moses smite, and cast them out.

Joshua 13:12 KJV
 
all the kingdom of Og in Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei--the same was left of the remnant of the Rephaim-- for these did Moses smite, and drove them out
 
Joshua 13:12 Jewish Bible
 
Again, in KJV the "remnants of the Rephaim" are called "the giants".

And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom unto the south side of the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem: and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lieth before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the end of the valley of the giants northward:

Joshua 15:8 KJV
 
And the border went up by the Valley of the son of Hinnom unto the side of the Jebusite southward--the same is Jerusalem--and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lieth before the Valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the uttermost part of the vale of Rephaim northward.
Joshua 15:8 Jewish Bible
 
Here, the KJV calls "the vale [ie Valley] of Rephaim" "the valley of the giants".

And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.

Joshua 17:15 KJV
 
And Joshua said unto them: 'If thou be a great people, get thee up to the forest, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the Rephaim; since the hill-country of Ephraim is too narrow for thee.'
 
Joshua 17:15 Jewish Bible
 
The "Rephaim" are again called the "giants" in the KJV.
 
And the border came down to the end of the mountain that lieth before the valley of the son of Hinnom, and which is in the valley of the giants on the north, and descended to the valley of Hinnom, to the side of Jebusi on the south, and descended to Enrogel,
 
Joshua 18:16 KJV
 
And the border went down to the uttermost part of the mountain that lieth before the Valley of the son of Hinnom, which is in the vale of Rephaim northward; and it went down to the Valley of Hinnom, to the side of the Jebusite southward, and went down to En-rogel.

Joshua 18:16 Jewish Bible

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For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.
 
And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants.
 
Deuteronomy 3:11,13 KJV


For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the Rephaim; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbah of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.--

and the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half-tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob--all that Bashan is called the land of Rephaim.

Deuteronomy 3:11,13 Jewish Bible
 
So, I need to research Ammon, Bashan, Nephilim, Anak, Anakim, Rephaim, king Og, etc.
 
Also, a cubit is around 18-21 inches.  But, a king's bed is most like quite a bit larger than the man himself, lol.


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To continue, Goliath is mentioned six times in the KJV Bible:
 
And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. (1 Samuel 17:4)
 
 
And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them. (1 Samuel 17:23)
 
 
And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me. (1 Samuel 21:9)
 
 
And he enquired of the LORD for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine. (1 Samuel 22:10)
 
 
And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam. (2 Samuel 21:19)
 
 
And there was war again with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, whose spear staff was like a weaver's beam. (1 Chronicles 20:5)
 
 
Now, here are the same scriptures in the Jewish Bible:
 
And there went out a champion from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. (1 Samuel 17:4)
 
And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the ranks of the Philistines, and spoke according to the same words; and David heard them. (1 Samuel 17:23)
 
And David said unto Ahimelech: 'And is there peradventure here under thy hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste.'
 
And the priest said: 'The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the vale of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if thou wilt take that, take it; for there is no other save that here.' And David said: 'There is none like that; give it me.'

(1 Samuel 21:9-10)
And he inquired of HaShem for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.' (1 Samuel 22:10)

And there was again war with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
 
(1 Chronicles 20:5)

Ok, judging from what I've seen so far, I am going to need to do a lot more study and research on these scriptures, before I can conclusively determine whether or not it was David who actually killed Goliath.  According to Rabbi Chaim Potok, it was Elhanan -- but was Potok correct in that assessment?  I don't know yet, and I'm sure I won't have the answer yet, tonight.
 
http://www.ellopos.net/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N63lhtx2q8o&list=PLNkRf_OLBOiGGI9VoS78SSLcJHcx9hUPc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_FSmvBgHUc&list=PLNkRf_OLBOiGGI9VoS78SSLcJHcx9hUPc

Evidence of ancient American Giant Humans has been systematically covered up, for political reasons, and for reasons of theft, fraud, and genocide.

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/lincoln2/1:6?rgn=div1;view=fulltext
The eyes of that species of extinct giants, whose bones fill the mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara, as ours do now... Abraham Lincoln ("Honest Abe")

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I Love Sewing, Clothing Design and Needlework

And hopefully I'll soon be in a position where I may again indulge my passion for sewing, needlework and design.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/do-it-yourself/sheepskin-coat-zmaz73ndzraw.aspx#axzz2L5XGLP9g

The thing is, shearling skins are readily available here (at about $100 per pelt, so not very cheap regardless); and they make the warmest of all materials for coats, hats, mittens, etc.  Not only is it warm, but the leather blocks the wind very nicely.  However, until I can afford to buy or make some clothing from shearling, I'll have to be content with my down coats.
Also, it looks like special machinery might be needed to make really fine garments from shearling.

A program for generating stripe patterns for knitting and crochet projects.

Fashionable way to tie a knot.

Antique lace as used in interior decoration.
Teneriffe Lace Work, c1920
A book on basic tailoring for women's wear.
Most people made their own patterns in those days.
Tailoring for men in c1844
Men's tailoring, c1873
Proper measurement is very important, c1906
Breakdown of clothing manufacturing shop management, c1920
Professional pattern cutting, very good diagrams, c1895
Wages in the tailoring industry, 1915
Home Dressmaker's Guide, 1915

Parisian Ladies' Tailoring System, c1917
The American Designer and Cutter (Patternmaking), c1915
c1921 Sewing Book -- great era.
c1914, pattern drafting.
c1902

Basic instructions, how-to.
Granny Hat
Lace edgings
Fancy crocheted lace short sleeves.
Lace collar
D'Oyley (c1854)
Some shawls, scarves
Crafts
c1918
Tatted and crocheted lace
c1915
I call it "Battenberg Lace crochet"
c1846
c1847
c1844
c1847
c1888
c1883, with instructions for how to make a Hammock
c1915
c1912
c1879
Priscilla Filet Crochet Book No. 1, c1915
Very sweet, c1916
c1800, French
c1915, lace handkerchiefs
c1885, Crocheted Braids, edgings
Priscilla No. 2, c1914
c1847
Priscilla Centrepieces and Doilies
Priscilla Netting
Irish style crocheted lace, c1910
Household items, c1900
Bags, novelties, small items, c1912
c1899, Art Nouveau cover.
Encyclopedic text, c1844
c1923, Flapper era styles
c1848
c1877
Maltese crochet, c1915
Fancy Table Linens, c1915

Beautiful cover, c1847

Scotch Linen crochet thread, c1886
c1847
Corset covers and nightgown yokes.
c1915, the "Hug-me-tite" vest is really cute; lots of nice little items.
Easy beginner projects.
c1853
Priscilla c1908
c1912, net crochet, beadwork, cross-stitch
Pineapple designs.
c1888
c1846 D'Oyleys (doilies)
c1916 Princess Yokes

c April 1864, Godey's Lady Book (now I see why they were so popular).
January 1864 (they even have house plans).
February 1864
March 1864
May 1864
June 1864
July 1864
August 1864
September 1864
October 1864
November 1864
December 1864
January - June, 1880
July 1863
Peterson's Jan-June, 1888
Peterson's July-Dec, 1888
March 1883
June 1883

Hooked rugs, c1899 (French language)
Irish Crochet, c1900 (French language)
c1881
How to make Lace

Patternmaking instructions.

Paris Fashion from 1908, exquisite designs.
c1926, such a glamorous era.
Hatmaking and Felting
Color Harmony and Design in Dress
c1912













Drawings and Diagrams from the c1912 book linked above

Fabrics and Textiles for Clothing Design, c1921
Secrets of Distinctive Dress (with photos of celebrities), c1918
Textiles and Costume Design, c1917
Instructive Costume Design, c1922
Beautifully illustrated, c1918
Costume Design and Home Planning, c1916




From Costume Design and Home Planning, c1916

Art in Costume Design, c1920


From Art in Costume Design, c1920




Back of a Watteau style gown, alongside period Gentlemen's attire





Cottage and Farmhouse Furniture, with a chapter on Chintzes
William Morris prints.
Eighteenth century Japanese textiles.
Toiles (French language); need to try to find good images for the missing examples.
Another good French language book on the subject of Toiles, missing images; try the Harvard Fine Arts Library.

Patternmaking instructions for Ladies underwear, lingerie.
Catalog of Ladies' and Children's undergarments, 1884
1914
1895 Catalog, Lilliputian Bazaar

Knitwear fabric facts.

Vintage Tents, etc., 1917

FREE Patterns.
More FREE Patterns.

Chats on Costume
Chats on Old Lace and Needlework
A fabulous book on the history of costume or attire.
Costume design and illustration
Glasgow school of art collection of exquisite color plate illustrations
English Costume, beautifully illustrated in color.
Tudor and Stuart
Georgian
Middle Ages
Early English

Theatrical Costume, French language (there are scores of these, all very finely illustrated in color)
Costume of the Ancients, volume 1 (c1809)
volume 2
Instructive Costume Design (very good)
A VALUABLE SOURCE OF FOLK PATTERNS (I've been searching for these for years).
Costume of the American Colonial era.
European Peasant attire
French language
Rare bookplate

The Bankside Costume Book
Ontario
N. American Indians
British Costume, complete history
From the Conquest to the Regency period
No costume is complete without shoes.
Quaker attire
Antique Spanish jewelry.
Egyptian attire, French language, great endpapers on this book

French attire, French language
Beautiful color engravings
French attire, French language

A goldmine of free patterns.
History of the Scottish Paisley Shawl.

People on Facebook share lots of great links.
Great idea for a little, lightweight, urban backpack.

Some free, complimentary patterns.

Knitting increase stitch tutorial (inc 1).

Antique Hand-woven coverlets.  In the first apartment I ever rented, which was nicely furnished, a beautiful indigo blue coverlet was included in the deal.

Yarn-over Lace knitting tutorial.
Free pattern for a lace shawl.


Pineapple lace topper.
Lace top
Lace tops
Granny square handbag
Nicer dishcloth
Great pattern + great blog
Lace headscarf
Red Heart yarn company has lots of free patterns here.
Great ideas for crocheted or knit garments
Crocheted jewelry designs.
Shawl pattern
Lace edgings
A terrific collection of lace designs
Great collection of patterns
Crocheted accessories

Cascade yarn company
Booties and stuff

This book is a treasure!

All kinds of antiques
"Netten" (Lace)

Calico textiles, dying technology.
Fascinating late 18th century Treatise on the subject of printing Calico fabric.
I get such a kick out of discovering old books, especially those which cover subjects that interest me.


c1719

Bear Brand Cro-Knitting; very unusual, interesting cover and photography.
Spool-knitting; another unique type of needlework.
Nice cover.
The Science of Knitting
Very practical designs; survival gear.
Priscilla designs (the Hug-Me-Tight looks very easy to make and practical too).

Published by Woolworth
Knitwear for a doll, lol.
Great patterns, sweet cover.
Truly fabulous book; art nouveau cover; amazing color illustrations
Cost estimation for industry


Peasant head-dresses from the Pennsylvania museum.
Peasant head-dresses, Pennsylvania museum.
c1842 system for cutting dress patterns.
Volumes 1 & 2; richly illustrated in color.
Beautifully illustrated in color.
Pattern drafting techniques.
A few good pointers, perhaps.

Great illustrations in color.

Hairnet Crochet pattern from Godey's Lady

Page two of the Hairnet patterns

Russian style vest or jacket

Scottish style dress

Crocheted Watch Pocket

Crocheted Cover for a Birdcage (might be adaptable for a lampshade, too)

Page two of the Crocheted Birdcage Cover

Corsets

Crocheted "Tidy"

Directions for the "Tidy"
Page two of directions for the Crocheted "Tidy" (a 'tidy' is a cloth to throw over furniture, etc.)

Rosette (I have something similar, which was made into a little pillow cover)

Pattern drafting technique for women's foundation garments or underwear.  I would rather wear homemade underclothes, can't stand the store-bought selection.

Different types of knit fabrics.
I think I already have this link, not sure.

Gorgeous gowns, from a period that is one of my favorites.

Menswear.



 This yardage guide is for yarn.
Standard Blanket measurements

Typical Mattress dimensions

Standard Measurements for Children's Headwear

  
Standard Measurements
A way to recycle T-shirts
Old Crochet pattern
Excellent manual for hatmaking.


Crocheted Lace Box design

Handwritten lacemaking instructions, c1859
Detailed techniques

Hand made Lace

Includes Lacemaking.
Lots of lace and accessories.
Lace
French language; charming marbled cover.
Smocking is a very valuable skill to learn.

Housekeeping; the old ways of doing things may just make a comeback.
Explains how to make a simple Kimono Blouse <3

Volumes 1,2,3,4,5,6


The first number is the Natural Waist Length
Second number is the Back Depth
Third number is the Underarm Length





French Silk Floral Prints


I have a very pretty Japanese Silk Screen picture of Mt. Fuji and a Shinto Garden

Crocheted Lace Skirt pattern.
Eva's Shawl; may be made with any materials, any gauge -- just stop when it gets big enough.
An extensive catalogue of Stitch Patterns.
Tranquil Tank Top pattern.
Farmer's Market Tote Bag (knit)

List of free vintage patterns
Lace Bib
Crochet a Sun Hat with crepe paper!
Finally found a pattern for a Bed Jacket.
Vintage 1970's Gypsy Tank Top Dress.
20 Free, Lacy crochet Skirt patterns... I like the short ones and very lacy ones for wearing over shorts in Summer.

Lace Baby Bonnets
Long Granny Square Vest (maybe adaptable to making a dress).
Long Skirt in Granny Squares
Granny Square Shawl

Bernina Swiss quality sewing machines.

Sewn Wallets
Baby Quilt (52" square, finished).



A machine-knitted tank top; no pattern available



(See list of favorite blogs)

Very nice free sewing patterns for knitwear.

This detail, plus the two Cloches shown below, are examples of French style handwork with insertions, lace, tucks, ribbons, beads, etc.

French Blue Cloche

Gold Cloche

A very simple design concept for a halter top (worn over a slip or tank top, of course).  One could make it in lace, as shown here; or, one could simply drape a scarf in the same manner.

A very elegant vintage design for an Evening Halter Top

Apron Halter Top

Matching Bandeau and Shrug

Bikini Halter Top with long Fringe

Oval Apron Halter Top

Shell style Tunic

Child's Patchwork Skirt

A perennial favorite, Grandmother's Flower Garden (Hexagon patches)

Reversible Patchwork Table Cover, may be themed seasonally

Knit and Crocheted Coffee Cozies

A Knit Bonnet (Felt or Crochet would also work for this)

Ribbon and Sewing Notions Organizer, made with Trouser / Pants Hanger, Etc.

Is that a cat rolling on top of the socks, lol?  This is a great idea, cut the socks into loops and make rugs with them.


Tibetan Robe or Jacket

Authentic Vintage Japanese Kimono Design

Simple Folk Cape

Gown, ca. 1912

Kimono Pattern, Folk style



Crochet ideas


Cluster Stitch Shell




This pattern is also called "Fish-scales" -- it looks a bit like "Leaves", too.

(this pattern is for the previous image)


This would be adaptable to many uses.








I think the potential is there for a Baby Blanket or Summer Shawl, Hat


Essentially, you can make a shrug similar to this design using any piece of stretchy knit or lace fabric (either handmade, recycled, or newly purchased) measuring approximately 36" x 14" (rectangular).  Then, seam up the sides approximately 8" for the sleeves.  Then single crochet or whatever your choice of edge treatment for the body and / or sleeves.

The instructions given here, call for use of super-bulky weight Bamboo fiber yarn and a size 8mm ( L ) crochet hook.  Start off by chaining 93 (to equal about 36") in the gauge given ( 10dc and 5 rows = 4" ).

1st Row:  1 dc in 4th ch  and  every other  ch  to end ( 91 sts )

2nd Row:  (Chain 4, turn) * 1 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1 * repeat until last 2 dc (then ch 1, sk next dc, 1 dc in last dc)

3rd Row:  (Chain 3, turn) * 1 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1 * repeat until ending with 1 dc in last dc

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until piece measures approximately 14" (ending on a 2nd Row)

Alternatively, just make any mesh or lacey fabric either in this pattern stitch or in your own choice of pattern stitch, to the specified dimensions.


This technique would lend itself well to any sort of filet type of design.  Would adapt very nicely for a textured Baby Blanket, Cape, or Afghan.


FREE crafting classes.

Nice color, unusual technique (hairpin lace?)


A very delicate looking pattern stitch.

Colonial American men's costume

1940s era
A book full of graphics
Very basic sewing course, with small handbag project designs and instructions.

1960s Abba (Middle Eastern Caftan)
Authentic Flapper style dress pattern, vintage


1920s Art Deco style Bra



Phelps-Jacobs Bra Patent specs (pre-1920s Era)

Wrap-around Camisole style Bra, from around the same time


A Recycling project, using a menswear shirt.
Would work well with any deeply napped fabric.  I like the 'belt' or 'sash' idea, too.
I think maybe some heavier silk, perhaps a damask, might be nice in combination with the denim fabric.  Or, a cotton fabric with that same sort of hand.
Pillowcases are just the right size for a small dress, and already pre-hemmed.  Patterns are available for simple pillowcase aprons, too.
Recycling project, using a t-shirt.
Stretch knit fabric work best for this skirt.
Simple yet elegant.
I don't care for the look of this garment, but the techniques used on it are fine.

I'll never buy a ready-made or mass produced manufactured purse ever again.  It's just too easy to make your own, and even if you couldn't find a good pattern for one, it's easy enough just to wing it.
If you want to dress up an ordinary tank top with a little bit of class, here's an idea.
Any napped fabric would suffice for this.
Fabric Ruffles and Roses dress up boring accessories.
I would use these to embellish dresses, hats, blouses...
I love this idea, very cute.
Sweet pattern / tutorial for a Sun Hat... "Start out by measuring your head size and replicate it on the fabric.  To create a perfect circle divide the circumference of your head to 3.14 and then again to 2 to get the radius of the circle.  Then mark the center of the circle on your fabric and with a ruler draw the circle.  Think how big you want the brim to be and draw another circle around the first one."

Read more at


So now the Western Band of Cherokee are claiming that their man, Wendell Cochran, invented the Cherokee Tear dress style, lol.  Nice way to re-write history; I get so sick of it.  To begin with, idiots misinterpret history (i.e. melodramatically presuming that "Tear dress" was in reference to the Trail of Tears in the first place, instead of to the actual method of clothing production utilized by our grandmothers -- which any real Cherokee who actually had a true Indian grandmother should have known); then they feel compelled re-write it altogether.  Even they admit that they acted in an effort to uniformly standardize the "official" Cherokee Costume for Women.  Something which true Cherokee women never sought to accomplish, although they did have some preferred, favorite ways of doing things, such as when making their own clothing.

It's more accurate to state that Mr. Cochran merely refined a traditional pattern, or patterns (plural), and a style of dress which the Cherokee women had been commonly producing themselves for a very long time.  My own gg-grandmother (full-blooded Cherokee) was wearing a similar style, in Calico fabric, in an old photograph that I've seen.  Hers was much simpler -- she left off all the fancy ribbonwork from her dress; and I actually like hers much better than this type shown here.  This actually looks more like it is influenced by the Plains Indian tribes, and I don't really care to be associated with them, being that I am a proud Easterner (no offense, it's just me).  I also detect some influence from the traditional costumes of Western Pioneer women of European ancestry.  It looks much like a Prairie dress, in fact.

I wish that I had my grandmother's portrait now, to publish here and show people what a true Cherokee woman looked like in those days.  She and her simple dress were very lovely, very charming.

On the other hand, I'm not saying that I hate this dress style shown here; just that I plan to make mine a bit differently, put my own 'signature' or 'brand' on it.  One thing that might be said about real Cherokee women:  we are not just blind, conformist sheep; we are rather original thinkers and very creative.  Cherokees have historically always loved innovation, and have always been quite open-minded toward ideas from other cultures and / or individuals... which is one reason why we had never adopted a uniform "traditional" costume (until recently, that is).

However, it cannot be denied that Cherokee women were in the habit of creating their own clothing patterns.  And their usual method was to measure (often with string, or whatever; not necessarily with a marked tape measure) their body proportions, then to tear the fabrics rather than cut them with scissors.  That's because most of them were too poor to buy such superfluous sewing notions as scissors and measuring tapes.

MAIN PAGE Vintage Patterns Wiki.

Nancy Zieman's Pillowcase child's dress tutorial, patterns.

Hobo Tote bag.
A classy looking Florida Tote bag.
She calls it a Wristlet, but it's really more like a casual Clutch bag.

Sewing tips for Piping.
Sewing tips for Laminated fabrics.

Adorable Pin Cushion (Pineapple Patchwork)

Every time I think I have enough... I find more treasure!

I'd like to make my own tights, since the good ones are expensive and the cheap (i.e. synthetic) ones suck.


There should be a free copy somewhere for this.

Free patterns, including a vintage pattern for a bra (not the one shown above).

Close up detail of the crochet technique

Basic Triangles which might work for Bra tops

 http://archive.org/details/OstrichPlumeShrug