Paisley, Plaid and Purled: Mid-Nineteenth Century Shawls

PPandP book coverNow Available!!!

Exclusively as an Ebook in my Etsy Shop!!!

At long last, I offer you Paisley, Plaid, and Purled: Mid-Nineteenth Century Shawls. I am very excited to finally share my extensive research on mid-century shawls began over a decade ago.

PP&P is 120+ pages long looking at each of the shawls worn during the mid-nineteenth century, including the Civil War era. Learn about the types of shawls, where they came from and how they were worn along with much, much more.

PP&P includes over two dozen CDVs displaying period shawls, photos and illustrations. It also includes over 30 original directions for shawls including sewn and knit shawls.

1. Introduction & Methodology
2. Shawl Culture
3. The Shawls
4. Domestically Made Shawls
5. Shawls for Living History
Bibliography & End Notes
Appendix Including a Glossary of Terms, Manufacturing, Production, and Tariff Statistics, and Exhibition Examples.

Published on February 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm  Comments (8)  

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  1. OMG, I have this exact fabric – about six yards!

  2. Are you sure it is fabric and not a shawl? This is an original shawl from the 1850s. Although, 6 yards would be extreamly long for a shawl.

  3. It looks like the same fabric, except in lilac/purples. It’s 100% wool, 60″ wide. I bought it at a designer fabric outlet store.

    I bought it to make a skirt and loose top or jacket. My idea was to follow the design and use it as the hems. I got extra just for that purpose.

  4. No kidding. How great is that! Is there any chance you have the maker info? I would love to track it down.

  5. The owner of the store bought manufacturers’ remnants to sell. I purchased it about seven years ago. I believe it was a Liz Claiborne piece, or it might have been Anne Klein.. I know it wasn’t Jones of NY or Dana Buchman.

    When I find it I’ll send you a pic!

  6. That will be great. Thank you!!

  7. I thought you would enjoy this quote from a children’s book from the 1850s because it has to do with a “great shawl”. (I am enjoying your blog so much.)

    Aunt Fanny’s Story Book, for Little Boys and Girls NEW-YORK:
    Gutenberg Project and Google Books
    This book has Christmas stories. There is one about a Christmas Party-page 7. The children were dressed very nicely. The littlest girl gets a doll house and inside is a doll with a red sash. At the end of the story it talks about little Sarah being wrapped up, doll and all in a great shawl.

    “It was now quite late, and little Sarah had fallen fast asleep on the sofa, with the young lady out of the baby-house clasped tight to her little bosom. So they wrapped her up, doll and all, in a great shawl, and the rest put on their nice warm coats and cloaks; and after a great deal of hugging and kissing, they got into the carriages with their parents, and went home happy and delighted.
    Thus ended this joyful Christmas day.”

  8. Love it! Thank you very much for sharing.
    I am glad you are enjoying my blog.

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