PRE-ORDER Their Darkest Materials!

Now abandoned gateway to site of the murder of a stocking knitter, 1841.

Our latest book, ‘Their Darkest Materials’, will be released on March 2nd, 2020 and is up for pre-order, here:

‘Their Darkest Materials’ is about the seamy, dark, sometimes creepy underside of material culture and textile history. A sort of ‘Horrible History’ for grown-ups.

In ‘Their Darkest Materials’, we creep through nineteenth century asylums, debtors’ prisons, charity schools, pubs and marketplaces; the ‘stews’ (brothels) of the city, school-rooms, collapsing London houses, workhouse toilets, small-town waxwork exhibitions in back rooms and see ladies knitting in grand Georgian drawing rooms; following the unravelling thread of history’s textiles.

We’ll find out which Victorian novelist’s mauve ribbon was trapped in her coffin lid and discover clothing-as-evidence in an infamous London burking case (“Burking” as in “Burke and Hare”).

And we’ll watch a Yorkshire farmer’s wife knit a blue stocking on the morning of her murder and a caddish, handsome soldier murdering his stocking-knitting new wife. We’ll also spend time in the county asylum with a world famous dyer’s incendiarist wife and an embroiderer who used her art to say the unsayable.

If you want a little taster, here I am going on (and on) about it here:

A New Season of the Fiber Nation Podcast, or: The Case of the Half-Knit Stocking

The book’s chapters include:

1. Grim and Less Grim Deaths: The Approach of the Destroyer, the Partly-Murdered Knitter & Other Tales
2. The Bewitched Spinning Wheel & Other Tales
3. Murder, Mayhem and Knitting as Evidence
4. The Small Woman: The Nineteenth Century Needlewoman
5. “Virtute et Industria”. The Stick, the Carrot and the Virtuous Child & Also the Trope of the Extremely Old Knitter
6. The Lost: Runaways – Slaves, Servants, Apprentices and The Captive
7. “Twelve Bobbins Spinning”. Charity Schools & Poor Houses
8. Prisons and Idle Loiterers
9. The Dyer Who Watched Storms and also Concerning A Properly Shaped Female
10. Nathaniel Smith, the Knitting Schoolmaster

If you enjoy a bit of gothic and grand guinol… we have just the book for you.

Released March 2nd, 2020. Published At The Sign of the Pretty Baa Lambs Press.

©Pretty Baa Lambs Press

1 thought on “PRE-ORDER Their Darkest Materials!

  1. Pen, Oh my, dear!! It came in this morning’s mail. Thanks so much. I will write more after I read it. I am excited!! Kathi in Calif

    On Mon, Feb 10, 2020 at 5:47 AM The Knitting Genealogist – Hemingway & Hunt wrote:

    > PLH posted: ” Our latest book, ‘Their Darkest Materials’, will be released > on March 2nd, 2020 and is up for pre-order, here: > > ‘Their Darkest Materials’ is about the seamy, dark, sometim” >


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