I was perusing the aisles of Waterstones recently – I like to see what crafting/business books are out every now and again – and I came across this: The Printed Square by Nicky Albrechtsen. Ugh. Practically no text, just pages and pages of gorgeous vintage handkerchief visuals. My kind of book.

Actually the first few pages do give a little background to the handkerchief. My favourite quote: “women carried [handkerchiefs] sprinkled with cologne. It was used coquettishly for romantic and flirtatious gestures: letting it drop to the ground, for example, as an invitation for friendship..drawing it across ones cheek was a sign of love”. Ha. Can you imagine that these days..

The book focuses on handkerchief prints from the 1920’s to the 1950’s and boy what a fabulous array of prints and colours.

I have a large stock of handkerchiefs. They’re so great for crafting small projects. They are always my main seller at the vintage markets…I’ll pop some in my online shop soon.


About Vicky Grubb

Once a kitchen table Upholsterer, now a fully fledged tutor, author and hoarder of vintage fabrics. My Upholstery studio is based in Bournemouth, Dorset, where I live with my husband and two tinkers.

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