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I am a quilter living in Woodbridge, Suffolk who has made quilts since I was a teenager. I also ring bells! Both are great British traditions....I will try to feature some of my antique Welsh and Durham quilts, the quilts I make myself, my quilting activities and also some of my bellringing achievements. Plus as many photos as I can manage. NB: Double click on the photos to see greater detail, then use back button to return to the main page.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

New Books on textiles and fabric manufacture

More new books...a bit like buses....none, and then several appear at once! This is a book based around the collection of quilts and textiles at the Colonial Williamsburg Collection. There are 21 chapters, starting with the earliest Indian textiles and progressing through other classes of quilts. American based, but with plenty of European examples as well. Nicely illustrated.

Here's the book that I traded with Liz Nally for...she got my soft cover copy of the earlier Beamish quilt book...and I got her spare copy of this book...Selections from the Winterthur Collection. This is one of the Du Pont Museums in Delaware...many years ago I was able to visit the mollusc collection there! This book is attractively written as essays, and is enjoyable to read, as there has been a lot of research done into the provenance and background of many of the quilts, providing plenty of social history. Many thanks to Liz...

Finally, another book from the Winterthur Museum, a book on printed textiles by Linda Eaton, based on the classic 1970 book by Florence Montgomery. This book covers the British calico printing industry, trade with America, and the American textile printing industry. There are also sections on designers and the chemistry and technology of calico printing. A big read, and a valuable reference book..


  1. It's lovely to have these sorts of books to read and then return to them, again & again for information and inspiration.

  2. Really glad that you enjoyed the book Pippa, I'm very pleased with the Beamish one too!