A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers


recently I acquired this charming little book. I assume it is out of print. I've looked for it off and on over the years. Elsie Svennas certainly had a great eye to put together this great little resource. Her goal in writing this book was to write a concise history of lettering, give an illustrated dictionary of all stitches and to show an illustrated section of a great variety of lettering designs suitable for various stitches.

When researching for this post I ran across www.publiccollectors.org because they have this book on their site and you can download it.

My book was printed in 1973 and was originally printed in Swedish.

I do not know how Public Collectors can 'give' this book away digitally. They say about themselves:

Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks individuals that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials to help reverse this lack by making their collections public. Public Collectors features informal agreements where collectors allow the contents of their collection to be published or exhibited, and permit those who are curious to directly experience the objects in person. Collectors can be based in any geographic location.

The purpose of this project is for large collections of materials to become accessible so that knowledge, ideas and expertise can be freely shared and exchanged. Public Collectors is not intended to be used for buying and selling objects.

In addition to hosting collections and other information, www.publiccollectors.org includes many digital collections that are suitable for web presentation, do not have a physical material analog, or are difficult or impossible to experience otherwise. Rare or unique publications, scanned to PDF format and made available for free download, are among the materials included on the website.

Public Collectors organizes exhibitions and events, participates in exhibitions organized by others, creates exhibition opportunities for collectors, teaches, lectures, responds to research inquiries, and makes its own publications.

The administrator of Public Collectors is Marc Fischer. If you have a collection that you would like to make public, or material that you would like to share, please contact: marc [at] publiccollectors.org

While these are all lovely thoughts I assume they would be giving away intellectual property that does not belong to them. If anyone understands how this can be done please leave a note for me in the comments section.

If you want to acquire this book in hardcover I see that Amazon has one. I noticed the price is now lower than I paid. But I still consider mine to be a bargain.


And on a side note this is my 1000th post.

Really? Good grief.

As some of you know I had absolutely had no intention of being a blogger. But then I never planned to make fonts either. The blog started in 2007 when we were planning a trip to London and Paris. My Dad was becoming more housebound as he took care of my Mom who had Alzheimer's. I'd go home and we would talk about the trip and he would reminisce about the month after WWII when he was stationed outside of Paris in a chateau waiting for the slow boat to take him home. Each afternoon they would take the train into Paris. On my last trip home before the trip Dad was wondering how he would know where I was for the next two weeks. My friend Ann suggested I put up a blog so he could follow us on our trip. So as I was packing I took a half hour and threw up a blog... and the today I have written 1000 posts.

Quite a few times over the years I've wanted to stop blogging. But it had become a way for Dad to follow my life, he told me that and said it would be shame if I stopped. Dad is now gone over 3 years and I guess it is now just a habit.