Printed Velvet Curtains c 1900

Printed Velvet Curtains
c 1900

Butterfly Sleeveband Late 19th c

Butterfly Sleeveband
Late 19th c

Scottish Evening Shawl c 1860

Scottish Evening Shawl
c 1860

Spitalfields Anne Marie Garthwaite?  1747

Spitalfields Anne Marie Garthwaite?
1747

Caramel Centred Shawl c 1840

Caramel Centred Shawl
c 1840

French a pivot shawl 1860's

French a pivot shawl
1860's

French Ladies Ski Suit 1930's

French Ladies Ski Suit
1930's

Eton Rural Fabrics no 2 1920-36

Eton Rural Fabrics no 2
1920-36

Large Dutch Straw Hat 18th c

Large Dutch Straw Hat
18th c

John Piper S Maria 1960

John Piper S Maria
1960

Worsted Stole 1815-20

Worsted Stole
1815-20

Muslin Neck Ruffle 1780's

Muslin Neck Ruffle
1780's

Dutch Lankrok/Boy's Frock Coat 18th c

Dutch Lankrok/Boy's Frock Coat
18th c

 Whitework Kerchief 1750-75

Whitework Kerchief
1750-75

Ethel Atkins, Boston, USA hat 1950's

Ethel Atkins, Boston, USA hat
1950's

Queen Anne Cord  Trapunto Quilting Early 18th c

Queen Anne Cord Trapunto Quilting
Early 18th c

Blue Brocade Late 19th c

Blue Brocade
Late 19th c

Leaves on Linen 1930's

Leaves on Linen
1930's

A pair of Linen Printed Curtains 1910-30

A pair of Linen Printed Curtains
1910-30

WW2 Propaganda Scarf 1942

WW2 Propaganda Scarf
1942

WW2 Scarf Make Do and Mend 1940's

WW2 Scarf Make Do and Mend
1940's

Quilted & Embroidered 1720's Sold

Quilted & Embroidered
1720's

Silk Damask Handkerchief c 1850 Sold

Silk Damask Handkerchief
c 1850

Guard's Boating Club Blazer Late 19th Sold

Guard's Boating Club Blazer
Late 19th

Trained Indian Muslin Gown 1800 Sold

Trained Indian Muslin Gown
1800

American Embroidered Reticule 1790's Sold

American Embroidered Reticule
1790's

Queen Anne Cord Trapunto Quilting 1720's Sold

Queen Anne Cord Trapunto Quilting
1720's

Spitalfields Blue Silk Stole c 1810-15 Sold

Spitalfields Blue Silk Stole
c 1810-15

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I am looking for a competent needlewoman to help me. Quite often I sell textiles which need to be hand stitched to a backing which is stretched over a wooden stretcher or acid free board, ready for a frame.  Sometimes a dress might need a few stitches. I do not need a conservator, just someone who loves sewing and is particular about her work.  My current helper is retiring. 

Did you realise there are events all over the UK this summer celebrating the Huguenots, the French Protestants who left France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Many settled in Spitalfields, London and Norwich as well as other areas. Highly skilled silversmiths, watchmakers and financiers manyt were silk weavers who brought intricate skills, new techniques, ideas and the incomparable French style. The master weavers lived in large, elegant houses in Spitalfields, whilst the journeymen weavers lived in small houses north of Spitalfields and Bethnal Green. Do have a look at the website Huguenots Summer, celebrating the People, Places and Legacy  www.huguenotsofspitalfields.org/events/huguenot-summer.html. To celebrate this event I have included a few Spitalfields silk stoles from the early 19th century on the site (Shawls of Paisley Design - Woven). You will also find lengths and pieces of Spitalfields woven dress silks which would look good framed (Costume - 18th c) and in (Antique English & European Textiles - Woven).  The other celebration this summer is the Battle of Waterloo.  The Spitalfields silk stoles are exactly what would have been worn at the ball on the eve of the Battle. Why not buy one of the stoles to wear at the events to celebrate the anniversary.  
   
Meg