Les Evangiles 1864 – Illuminated Victorian French Bible – 97 STUNNING Printable Bookpages

I think this will by far be my most stunning post to date: 97 pages from a Victorian French Bible, illuminated throughout, and with such artistry, it is breathtaking! Free for you to print at home!

To have no misunderstanding about it, the original file is uploaded by Boston Public Library to the internet site Open Library. I have merely found it there and selected the best pages for framing or crafting of all sorts!

You can see the original book with over 300 pages on Open Library. “Les évangiles des dimanches et fêtes de l’année” by Catholic Church. (English translation of the title: “The Gospels for Sundays and holidays of the year”)

Here are a few samples of what I have included in the downloadble PDF-file:

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Download Printable

I’m sorry about the file size, it is big, due to the very richness of the images, and the high quality scans! But if you like pages like these, I assure you it is worth downloading 🙂

I also created a folder on my google drive with the individual JPG-images, click HERE to access my folder. The folder includes lots more images, I did not include many of the pure religious images in the first file, but they are in the folder, for those that would like to print them out (Totally the folder has 192 images). Put in frames, they would certainly make beautiful gifts for the right people 😀 The folder also includes a ZIP-file, if you want to download ALL the images in the folder in one go, as individual JPG-files (both easier to open in photoshop or other editing apps, and the resolution is better).

These file are free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂

Love&Light

The Orchard (1890) – Arras Tapestry by William Morris

William Morris is another name from the Victorian Era well worth noticing. He was an artist, a textile designer, a writer and a dedicated medievalist. Thus today I bring you one of his tapestries, from the Open Library book “The Art of William Morris (1887)”

According to Wikipedia “Arras” refers to the French town Arras, a thriving textile town in the 14th and 15th centuries, specializing in wool tapestries. The term “Arras” is still used about tapestry to describe especially rich and detailed work. 

Wings of Whimsy: The Orchard by William Morris - Arras Tapestry - free for personal use #vintage #victorian #textile #design

I have restored the colors to resemble the original. The blue tones were more or less gone, I brought back what I could without adding anything new.

Victoria & Albert Museum in London holds the original tapestry today. Sadly they are presenting all their wonderful art only in small sizes online, so downloading their image will not do you much good. But you may enjoy their description.

I had to google the poem for the correct wording, although I love typography, a couple of the words here were too hard for me to figure out:

The Orchard

Midst bitten mead and acre shorn, 
The world without is waste and worn, 

But here within our orchard-close, 
The guerdon of its labour shows. 

O valiant Earth, O happy year 
That mocks the threat of winter near, 

And hangs aloft from tree to tree 
The banners of the spring to be.

The stunning tapestry is free for your personal use and enjoyment. Click on the book title if you want to read the book, it has numerous other great images as well. Love&Light

Art Recreations 1871 – 50 Printable Bookpages for Creative Crafting

Have you ever come across those crafts that require the use of “old bookpages”? Being the creative crafters that you are, I’m sure you have… I have loved so many ideas: papercones, photomats, giftboxes, stationery, banners, tags… using those old bookpages as starting points for creative crafting of all sorts.

But of course I don’t have any old books to rip asunder!!! What a shame it would be too, even if I did have books like that, I’d probably be framing the pages rather than cutting them up…:-P

I have of course figured out a long time ago, that I would need to scan pages from a book, and print them for these types of crafts. Or find an old book already scanned that I could use. I have browsed through loads of old books on the internet, and found a page here and a page there, but not really an entire book that had several pages I liked… until now!!!

“ART RECREATIONS being a complete guide to pencil drawing, oil painting … moss work, papier mache…wax work, shell work…enamel painting, etc. by Madame L.B. Urbino, Henry Day, and others” has loads of wonderful pages, just perfect for all those crafts that require old book pages 😀

Here are a few samples of the bookpages, the complete download has lots more, 50 pages in total:

Wings of Whimsy: Art Recreations 1871 - 50 Printable Bookpages for Creative Crafters - Sample I - free for personal use #vintage #victorian #ephemera Wings of Whimsy: Art Recreations 1871 - 50 Printable Bookpages for Creative Crafters - Sample II - free for personal use #vintage #victorian #ephemera Wings of Whimsy: Art Recreations 1871 - 50 Printable Bookpages for Creative Crafters - Sample III - free for personal use #vintage #victorian #ephemera

Download Printable

I have edited the PDF-file to keep only the 50 best pages (removing approx 300 pages from the book). Thus my edited PDF-file is now ready to print. You can print the whole shabam and have a pile of “old bookpages” ready to go, or pick only as many pages as you need 🙂

If your printer does double sided printing, or if you feed the sheets a second time, you can also easily have prints on both sides of the pages. Try to print these as large as your printer will let you. Plain 80g paper will be fine, but I suggest 100g or 120g paper if you want to make envelopes or other crafts where the paper is to be handled and “felt” later.

This file is free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂

Love&Light

PS! If you actually want to r-e-a-d the complete book, click on the book title to find it on Open Library 😉

J. & P. Coats Thread – Victorian Sewing Printable Tags

Another set of Victorian Style Sewing Tags, perfect for your handmade sewing, knit or crocheted gifts!

I fell in love with the pinkish red colors on gold and the marvelous little poems. Not the best rhymes, bur certainly some creative wording to sell even more thread. Click on the image for full size, to examine the wonderful details of the Victorian thread trade cards, and to read the poems:

Wings of Whimsy: J. & P. Coats Thread Tags - free for personal use #vintage #victorian #trade #card #sewing #printable

This file is free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂

I have used the following elements for this design:

Gift Tag Template – Lilac & Lanvender

J. & P. Coats Thread Trade Card – Boston Public Library on Flickr

J. & P. Coats Thread Trade Card – Boston Public Library on Flickr

J. & P. Coats Thread Trade Card – Boston Public Library on Flickr

J. & P. Coats Thread Trade Card – Boston Public Library on Flickr

J. & P. Coats Thread Trade Card – Boston Public Library on Flickr

J. & P. Coats Thread Trade Card – Boston Public Library on Flickr

J. & P. Coats Thread Trade Card – Boston Public Library on Flickr

Love&Light

Needles & Thread – Victorian Sewing Printable Tags

Recently I have explored countless images on the Boston Public Library pages on Flickr, what an amazing treasury it is!!! High resolution images of really good quality, all shared freely with the world!

So here are a few Victorian sewing trade cards, used for printable tags. Would it not be cute to attach these to something hand-made? If sewn, knitted or crocheted, you could even attach an extra button, or some replacement thread on the tag for keeps!

Or just use them as vintage style gift tags or to decorate around the house :

Wings of Whimsy: Needles & Thread Gift Tags - free for personal use #vintage #victorian #trade #card #sewing #printable

This file is free for your personal use and enjoyment!

I have used the following elements for this design:

Gift Tag Template – Lilac & Lavender

John English Needles – Boston Public Library on Flickr

Star Embroidery Silk – Boston Public Library on Flickr

John English Needles – Boston Public Library on Flickr

Clark’s Mile End Spool Cotton – Boston Public Library on Flickr

Clark’s Mile End Spool Cotton – Boston Public Library on Flickr

Clark’s Mile End Spool Cotton – Boston Public Library on Flickr

If you are looking to restock your sewing stash, you might also like my printable Cherub Corset Ribbon Cards:

Wings of Whimsy: Cherub Corset Collage Sheet - free for personal use Wings of Whimsy: Cherub Corset Ribbon CardsLove&Light