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2. Mar, 2018
New book!
My latest book 'Fashionable white-embroidered accessories: c.1840 to 1900' is currently being printed and I expect to be able to start fulfilling orders in late March. It continues the story of whiteworked accessories through the Victorian period, following on from my earlier books. It is in the same format with lots of photographs, patterns and informative text. The cover price is £19.75 but, as before, I will supply it on a postage-free basis within the U.K. and at a reduced postage cost elsewhere. Please email me DIRECT on htac2000@gmail.com for orders or queries - Simple Site does not give me an email address for anyone who posts a comment on my site so I can't come back to you direct with an answer!

Welcome to my website!

Mid 18th century Dresden-work kerchief

On the following pages you will find:

     My publications:

P2     My new book - 'Fashionable white-embroidered accessories: c.1840 to 1900'

p3     'White-embroidered costume accessories: the 1790s to 1840s'  

p4     'Baby wore white: Robes for special occasions, 1800 - 1910'

p5     'Embroidered with white: the 18th century fashion for Dresden lace and other whiteworked accessories'

p6     'Antique Lace: identifying types and techniques' (A Schiffer publication)

p7     'European Laces: an introduction'


p8     Something about me

p9     Contact me/ How to buy my books




Ends of two mid 18th century bobbin lace lappets: Mechlin - left; Valenciennes - right
Mid 1830s whiteworked fichu-pelerine
Mid 1830s paper doll with a complex fichu-pelerine over her striped dress

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Jérôme Beillieu | Reply 06.12.2017 09.38

Bonjour Madame ,

I was visiting a Friend in Paris ( Henric Caldas) who showed me your publication about white work .. I would love to buy your volumes ..

Heather Toomer 07.12.2017 15.13

Bonjour, Thank you for your interest. Do you want all my books? Please contact me on htac2000@gmail.com - I will give you a good price including postage Heather

gin dunscombe | Reply 07.11.2017 15.31

We have a collection of lace from my grandmother (1900 - 1976) and would like someone knowledgeable to look at it. Please could you recommend someone? Thank you

Heather Toomer 08.11.2017 07.34

Dear Gin,
I am always happy to advise on lace collections. Do contact me direct on htac2000@gmail.com and we can discuss options for me to see it. Heather

Heather Toomer | Reply 15.08.2015 09.45

Dear Heather,
I am happy to help if I can.
Can you send me some pictures? Do email me on htac2000@gmail.com or ring on 01761 241540.

Heather Griffin | Reply 15.08.2015 01.50

Dear Heather, I am currently cataloging my antique dress collection your lovely books have been so helpful but I am stuck on two pieces, can you help me?

S. | Reply 04.04.2014 16.25

I would like to order a copy of 'Baby wore white"

Heather Toomer 06.04.2014 18.57

Can you pay by Paypal? Email me on htac2000@gmail.com with your Paypal and postal addresses. I'll be very happy to send a book on receipt of payment. H

Elise Johns | Reply 12.11.2013 18.57

will do.

heather Toomer | Reply 12.11.2013 17.33

Hi Elise,
Please email me on my gateway address then I can organise book payments directly rather than through Ebay to minimise costs for you. All best, Heather

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25.02 | 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

25.02 | 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

29.12 | 16:30

Hi, Paypal is fine but I need a postal address to calculate postage. Please contact me on htac2000@gmail.com - the site does not give me your email. Best wishes

29.12 | 14:25

Dear Heather,
I am interested in purchasing all of your books. How is the best way to proceed? You could send an invoice to my Paypal account,which is my email

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