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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Goeggingen. Antique German cross stitch/embroidery patterns

I'm always on the look out for original, rare or beautiful needlework patterns. And about a month ago I acquired some cute little leaflets with simple, but sweet  designs. 

These were the first of that kind in my collection, so I did a little research to find out more. Most of the information online was in German, so with the help of translating apps I pieced together the story of the factory where those patterns came from. 

If anyone has any more information, or corrections please so let me know.

The story:
In 1855 Elsässer Eusebius Schiffmacher founded a twine company in Augsburg's old town, by  1860’s the business had grown  so much that the company relocated to Göggingen.

In the 1870’s it was renamed "Zwirnerei und Nähfadenfabrik Göggingen AG" (ZNFG),  and became one of the fourth largest textile company in the region, eventually focusing on the production of sewing threads.
1870 it provided employment for 178 workers.

As the company grew, so did the number of persons employed. The ZNFG company had the philosophy that they should care for their workers, they did so by building living quarters for their employees and their family, and in time built a kindergarten, school, bathing and washing house, and even a fire station. 

By 1912, the company had grown to 1481 workers. 

In the 1950’s the company had a merge, and became  "Ackermann Göggingen AG"

Slowly the factory was modernized, and with more merges, and take-overs the company is now part of the AMANN Group, and called"Ackermann Nähgarne GmbH &. Co. "


''I just love antique patterns, don't you ?''

Three leaflets from 1904

The three designs are from leaflet 5, 10 and 13
 The patterns are available here: Website, ETSY


  1. I love the research you put into these. The designs AND the packaging are gorgeous!

    1. Thank you ! I love researching and learning more about the origin of antique items...