I discovered recently that The Books Depository offers many digitised old books as free downloads, among those some about arts and crafts. Here is a short overview of my favourite finds.
The Ladies' Work-book
Patterns for knitting, crochet, point-lace, etc.
Point collar in crochet:
Crochet purse with beads:
The Lady’s Album of Fancy Work for 1850,
'consisting of novel, elegant, and useful designs in knitting, netting, crochet, braiding, and embroidery with clear and explicit directions for working the patterns.'
Knitting bags and fingerless gloves were already discovered:
The Art of Modern Lace-Making, 1891
History and techniques for making various types of lace, for example, a darned-net edging with overwrought stitch:
Art in Needlework: A Book About Embroidery, 1900
Many illustrations and embroidery stitch examples.
Darning designed by William Morris:
Embroidered renaissance ornament:
Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet, 1918
Knitting and crochet patterns for the entire family.
This pattern for ladies' gloves with fancy backs is certainly worth trying out someday: