Berlin woolwork embroidery originated in Germany and
had its height of popularity in the early to mid 1800's, it was traditionally
worked in tent stitch with wool, on canvas.
The earliest patterns were delicately handpainted on a printed grid, each little square representing one stitch. Later on the quality dropped significantly with patterns being mass produced, or cheaply printed as lithographes.
The popularity for Berlin woolwork ended around the time of the Arts and crafts movement.
the patterns will look just as lovely if stitched in cross stitch on aida, or
linen even weave. If you feel adventurous why not add a little variety and
texture to your stitching by adding seed beads, details in silk floss, or work
some highlights in petit points just like ladies did in the
At Roland-designs we do quality reproductions of those antique patterns, the charts are re-charted by hand one square at a time to ensure the best possible results.
Some of the patterns are in very bad conditions (ripped, faded, missing corners, etc...), so we do sometime have
to fix a little here-and-there, while staying as true as
possible to the original design.
The patterns are divided in easy to search section: