New book!

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.; £25 to Europe; £29 to the U.S.A. and Canada, £29.50 to Austalia. Please ask for cost of postage elsewhere or combined charges for several books.

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Vicki Embrey | Reply 07.08.2017 02.24

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

Susan | Reply 25.12.2015 00.54

I would like to purchase your book Embroidered With White.

Is that still possible?

Judy Gumaer Testa | Reply 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 with your contact details. Cost is £29 by Paypal including air mail to USA. Best wishes,

Heather Toomer | Reply 07.10.2015 10.10

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

Joady Gorelick | Reply 07.10.2015 08.50

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 | Reply 14.04.2015 10.21

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

Eileen Hook | Reply 13.04.2015 21.36

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

Arthur Smith | Reply 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 for an invoice.

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Today | 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 - 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

07.12 | 15:13

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

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