Here’s just a handful of our 5 star Etsy reviews…

Those of you who have already seen our rip-roaring, Dickensian ‘Darkest Materials’ talks – know you’re in for a gripping journey through nineteenth century asylums, debtors’ prisons, charity schools, Regency pubs and markets, workhouse toilets and small-town waxwork exhibitions where the exhibits wore dead men (and women’s) clothes.

And please do enquire if you run a history/genealogy or craft group who would like to book us for our talk. Think ‘horrible history’ for grown ups crossed with grand guinol Dickensian nineteenth century amateur dramatics…


“So freaking good. Amazing amount of research went into this book. Highly recommended.”

“This is a fascinating book that’s well told. An absorbing read.”

“This book is a fascinating and well-researched look into an esoteric and little-studied corner of textile history. I devoured it in two days and then gave it pride of place among my textile history books. If you like textile history, 19th century British history, and/or true crime you should pick up this book ASAP.”

“Beautiful book to look at and handle–you can really see the effort that went into the design and illustrations. The content is, naturally, as well-written and interesting as I expected.”

“…Just received my copy of ‘Their Darkest Materials’. Can’t wait to get curled up in a big chair with it. Read just a few pages so far and I’m already transported back a couple of centuries…”

[Reviews from out Etsy shop, Hemingway & Hunt].


A completely fascinating journey into this quirky area of history. I haven’t finished the book yet. I am still on the journey. The illustrations are super.

“Well researched book full of great snippets of knitting and cultural history. I found it unputdownable! Will def by other books by this author.”

— Etsy Reviewers