Sunday, January 31, 2010

Quilt Exhibit at the Victoria and Alberta Museum in London

This spring there will be a spectacular quilt exhibit at the Victoria and Alberta Museum, Quilts 1700-2010. For those of you lucky to attend this event and extra time in England, I have a recommendation.

The Secret Life of Textiles, Six Pattern Book Archives in North West England
Phillip Sykas, 2005

Pattern books were compiled by many English textile firms during the 19th and early 20th centuries. A 1998 survey found thousands of these treasures in the museums and libraries of North West Britain. I recommend Mr. Sykas' book as a guide. Then get out the map and make an appointment.  For those of us who are 'armchair' travelers, the book itself is a wonderful source of historic design and style.

Unfortunately, this title is out of print. I was unable to find it used on Amazon, Amazon.uk nor Powell’s but World Cat shows 75 libraries with this holding. A number are in the US--California to Virginia, one copy in Australia, 2 in New Zealand and 3 in Canada plus 15 copies in British libraries




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