Whenever I have a few minutes of "free time" this winter, I've been trying to get a jump start on spring cleaning. Included in this task each year is organizing the bookshelves. Over the weekend I stopped and looked through a book I've had for a long time called Pattern and Design, by N.I. Cannon. It was published in London in 1948 and includes over 200 illustrations, some on lovely color plates. Most of the book details how to make patterns from subjects in nature. Here are some of the color illustrations, many done by students.
Incidentally, the book appears to have been republished in the last couple of years and is available on Amazon. While the new cover is missing its vintage appeal, the interior may still be as lovely.