Portrait of Mary Strickland, courtesy of The Mapledurham Trust

Embroidered with White: the 18th century fashion for Dresden lace and other whiteworked accessories

 Published by Heather Toomer Antique Lace  ISBN 978-0-9542730-2-6

180 pages with over 300  colour and black and white illustrations of original 18th century whiteworked accessories, portraits and costume plates showing how they were worn, and 20 accurate patterns to facilitate reproduction of many examples.

The sheer beauty of Dresden lace, the virtuosity of its stitching and intricacy of its designs, have always found it a place in books on lace and embroideries but little has been written on how this lace, or embroidery as it should more properly be called, fitted into the general fashion scene in the 18th century. This fully-illustrated book places Dresden lace in context, examining how it was used, how it related to other whitework embroideries of

the period and how designs and stitches changed from about 1710 to 1800. Kerchiefs, aprons, sleeve ruffles and waistcoats are all included together with a sprinkling of allied articles, such as bags, pockets and stomachers. Photographs show a wide range of original items including details of the embroidery stitches, together with portraits and costume illustrations. It is hoped these will provide inspiration for embroiderers and fashion designers alike, while measurements and patterns will be helpful to those involved in accurate reproductions for stage, screen etc.

Tips are given on washing and conservation. There is also information on where original items may be studied in public collections.


This book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the care and cataloguing of a costume or embroidery collection, embroiderers and other designers seeking inspiration, costume and general social historians and anyone with a love of fine craftmanship.

Prices including postage: £19.75 within the U.K.; £26 to Europe; £30 including postage to the U.S.A. and Canada; £30.50 to Australia. Please email me on to ask for costs of postage elsewhere or combined charges for several books.



Heather Toomer 15.03.2019 18:11

Sorry, Cathy, I don't have a link to buy - contact me on my email I shall be very happy to sell you a book.

Cathy Thorpe 15.03.2019 17:31

Hi, I can’t find a link to buy (I’m sure I’m just being thick!). I’m in the UK.

valerie cox 16.02.2019 19:46

forgot I am in the USA. So please include the postage that I will need to get to the USA. Thank you for your time

Valerie Cox 17.02.2019 20:58 thank you for your time.

Heather Toomer 17.02.2019 16:45

Dear Valerie,
I need your email address so that I can contact you and invoice you through Paypal - addresses are not passed on to me through the site.

Heather Toomer 03.02.2019 08:50

Thank you for your interest. Please give me your E.mail address so that I can sen you an invoice.
regards, Heather

valerie Cox 02.02.2019 18:44

Heather I would like to buy the Embroidered with White book I can pay with paypal.

valerie cox 02.02.2019 18:45

forgot I am in the USA. So please include the postage that I will need to get to the USA. Thank you for your time

Heather Toomer 26.07.2018 08:51

Hello Johan, Please send £25 to my paypal account (Heather Toomer at email and I will get the book in the post to you on receipt. Thanks

Johan Trlouw 25.07.2018 16:41

I want to order a copy of Embroidered with White. Please inform me how I can trnsfer the amount due for postage to Europe.

Heather Toomer 25.02.2018 22:25

Hi Jennifer,
Which book have you in mind? Nothing has changed but it soon will! - I've just finished a new whitework book. Do contact me by email. Regards

Jennifer Dobyns 25.02.2018 02:42

Hi there, I am interested in purchasing your book. I have read the information in the comments below and just want to confirm that nothing has changed. Thank

Abigail Shelly 06.12.2016 00:52

I'd like your Embroidered with White book, shipped to Pennsylvania, 18951. USA.
Please send via PayPal.

Abigail Shelly 06.12.2016 17:15

I have sent, Thanks

Heather Toomer 06.12.2016 17:00

Thank you for your interest. Please send £29 to my paypal account at and I will get a book in the post to you as soon as I receive it.

Susan Madden 30.10.2016 23:43

I would like to order your book "Embroidered with White"

Heather Toomer 06.12.2016 17:03

This is a further follow-up to your email. If you still want a book,
please send £29 to me at and i will post immediately. Heather

Heather Toomer 31.10.2016 21:06

That's fine - please send me your address and let me know if you can pay by PayPal. I am currently away from home but will reply a.s.a.p.
Heather Toomer

Anna 28.07.2013 17:00

Hello, What will be the total cost of the book shipped to the US, 44122?
Thank you,

Heather Toomer 28.07.2013 18:14

Hi Anna,
Embroidered w w is £29 to USA with payment by Paypal - sorry but postage is £9.90! Send me a direct email (see p1) if that's OK and I'll invoice you. H

Corinne Steigerwald 15.07.2013 15:05

Dear Heather,
For posting: Corinne Steigerwald
143 Cedar Street, Lexington, Massachusetts. 02421 , United States

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15.07 | 16:44

Dear Susan Marilyn, I expect my friends in York have mentioned me to you. I will email through the Society as there's no room on this email.

15.07 | 11:12

Dear Heather - As Secretary of the Northern Society of Costume & Textiles, we are wondering where you live and whether we could book you to come and talk to us?

16.03 | 08:54

Hi Debbie, The 3 whitework books) will cost £84 including postage to U.S.A. Please send payment to me - the site does not give me your email. Thanks, Heather

15.03 | 22:02

I sent email already with my paypal, but am interested in all but the baby book. Can you smail back cost of all with posyage to US in that return email. I didnt