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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...


When I re-launched my website, I explained that, having examined many items of 18th Century clothing over the last few years, I am now searching for pieces that are very difficult to find. On my budget, this isn't easy!

I have a wish-list, which sometimes de...

Can there be anything in this World as breathtaking as an ancient English bluebell wood?


Blue is the most glorious of colours. Every Century of fabric designers had their own version of blue, all beautiful in their own right  ....



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