So here’s something that I want to share: the digitization of out-of-copyright craft books in the Antique Pattern Library: “This ongoing project is an effort to scan craft pattern publications that are in the public domain, to preserve them, so we can keep our craft heritages in our hands. Most of these scans have been graphically edited to make the images easier for craft workers to see, and to reduce file sizes. They are available, for free, to anyone who wants them, for educational, personal, artistic and other creative uses.”
Categories range from Battenburg lace and filet and flower arranging, to knitting and crocheting and quilting. And beading! This collection is small and has works in progress, and they do accept donations if you have any old beadwork books. It appears to be a small nonprofit, with at least some of the work to scan done by volunteers.