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September 22, 2019

I am writing this Blog because along with the fun title comes another 'F' - fragile! The dress I am about to show you is rare, dating to c1760-65 in my opinion [I justify this below], and as you would expect for such age, has faults related to delicacy & has been 'rein...

September 21, 2018

 Some years ago, I had the most magnificent and huge Edwardian hat in Suffragette colours. It would have been worn by a lady of high society and must have been rare indeed. It went to a museum in the south of England, and I was thrilled for it! As I grew up in the 1950...

September 2, 2018

The image above is taken from 'English Embroideries', by Mary M Brooks. Ashmolean Handbooks/Jonathan Home Publications 2004. Example 15: 'A Pastoral Scene' Pages 64-65. [This book is simply essential if you are interested in the study of 17th Century embroidery.]

It sho...

August 9, 2018

Have you ever seen a textile design and thought to yourself 'Where have I seen that before'?

Well, this small fragment is a perfect example of 17th Century embroidery, especially in regards to clothing and accessories. If you, like me, endlessly search museum collection...

Book references used in this research:

'Children's Costume in England' Phillis Cunnington & Anne Buck. 1965 A & C Black Ltd.

'English Women's Costume in  the Nineteenth Century' C. Willett Cunnington. Dover Publications. 1937

'Costume in Detail 1730-1930' Nancy Bradfi...

Some of you will have seen this framed embroidery in Poppies Cottage, until I moved it over to Ebay for sale. 

I knew that the embroidery was of exquisite quality, and bought it from a sale of the embroidery collection of Lord Iveagh which was so exceptional, that most...

December 4, 2017

 This amazing early Regency turban style hat is selling in the Department Store right now, but photographs are limited, so I want you to see that it is fragile, and probably best for restoration.

As I explained in the description, I do have a list of UK textile conserva...

October 15, 2017

Images of sketches above and below from Nancy Bradfield 'Costume in Detail: 1730 to 1930'. George G Harrap &Co Ltd. 1968 Pages 17/18.

I have bought a dress. An 18th Century dress. The ideal dress to compare with this beauty sketched by Bradfield from the Snowshill Manor...

August 31, 2017

As promised, here are some extra images of the very wide pink quilted silk petticoat selling in Poppies Cottage.

Just for the pleasure of it!

Just to confirm then, the petticoat is being sold with the pleats removed at the top, allowing the silk to remain free of splits.


August 2, 2017


Learning about Dresden work is a journey. First, you see the wonderful design as a whole, noticing the 18th Century motifs applied to recognisable 18th Century clothing accessories. Then you start to marvel at the range of fillings, made by pulling threads...

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