White-embroidered costume accessories

White-embroidered costume accessories: the 1790s to 1840s by Heather Toomer, with patterns and drawings by Elspeth Reed

Published by Heather Toomer Antique lace: ISBN 978-0-9542730-3-3

This sequel to our book on 18th-century whiteworked accessories continues the story from the 1790s into the 1840s as new accessories developed for women: kerchiefs were first replaced by habit shirts, or chemisettes, to fill low necklines; then in the 1820s-30s extravagant pelerines spread over high, wide shoulderlines; while in the later 1830s-40s, fichus and capes wrapped closely round the body to create a more demure line. All played a vital role in creating the changing fashionable image.

As important as the style of accessory was its decoration. Fine hand-embroidery still flourished and its stitches and designs also varied with the times. All these changes in accessories, their relationship with the underlying dress, and the embroidery styles are followed in numerous contemporary fashion plates, portraits, embroidery patterns and photographs of original articles. Scaled patterns of various garments and information on the location of items in public collections are also given.

This book will be of interest to anyone concerned with cataloguing a costume or embroidery collection, embroiderers and designers requiring detailed information for accurate reproductions or seeking inspiration for new works, costume and social historians, and anyone with a love of fine craftsmanship.

192 pages with over 400 colour and b&w illustrations including: photographs of original whiteworked costume accessories; fashion plates and portraits showing how they were worn; close-ups of their embroidery and over 30 accurate patterns to facilitate reproduction of many examples.


Prices including postage: £19.75 within the U.K.; £26 to Europe; £30 to the U.S.A. and Canada, £30.50 to Austalia. Please email me on htac2000@gmail.com to ask for cost of postage elsewhere or combined charges for several books.

Heather Toomer 01.08.2020 06:34

Hello Pamela,
All my books are available. Please contact me on my email htac2000@gmail.com.

Pamela McCrae 31.07.2020 21:44

I am interested in this book, is it still available?

Heather Toomer 03.07.2019 22:21

Hi Judy,
Please contact me direct on htac2000@gmail.com to buy the book - it's still available,

Judy Silbert 03.07.2019 21:04

Hi Heather, I am very interested in purchasing this book from you. If it is still available, can you please let me know how I can purchase one from you? Judy

Eileen Hook 12.11.2018 17:41

Is the 1790-1840s book still available? Cost plus shipping to the US, please?

Vicki Embrey 07.08.2017 01:24

Is this book still available? I'd like to purchase this one AND the 18th century whitework book

Susan 25.12.2015 00:54

I would like to purchase your book Embroidered With White.

Is that still possible?

Judy Gumaer Testa 21.12.2015 12:49

is this book available for purchase in the US & if so how???

Heather Toomer 21.12.2015 18:05

Yes, it is still available. Email me on htac2000@gmail.com with your contact details. Cost is £29 by Paypal including air mail to USA. Best wishes,

Heather Toomer 07.10.2015 09:10

Dear Joady,
Yes, it's still available. Just email me on htac2000@gmail.com and I'll send you a Paypal invoice for £29 and I'll get a signed copy in the post.

Joady Gorelick 07.10.2015 07:50

Is your book "White-embroidered Costume Accessories" still available? I would love to order a copy from you. I live in the US. Thank you!

Heather Toomer 14.04.2015 09:21

Dear Eileen,
Thanks for your interest - but which book? Prices including shipping are on the web page. Do email me on htac2000@gmail.com for an invoice.

Eileen Hook 13.04.2015 20:36

The book looks wonderful!! What would the cost be for the book plus shipping to the U.S.?

Arthur Smith 05.02.2015 18:08

We would like to order a copy of White-Embroidered Costume Accessories the 1790s to 1840s
for our Museum library. Please advise how to proceed.

Heather Toomer 06.02.2015 00:46

Happy to send you a copy at £29 including postage. Can you pay by Paypal? Please contact me on htac2000@gmail.com for an invoice.

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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