My Printed Word


I love writing and its great to be able to fuse this and my love of both vintage lifestyle and social history together to write magazine articles for a like-minded audience. 

In 2015 my first book was published, which was very exciting especially as it was a childhood (and adulthood!) dream. Based on wartime knitting and the ethos of 'Make Do and Mend', it features eighteen original patterns that date from 1941.



Publications: 

Vintage KnittingPublished in May 2015 by Old House

Complete with 18 genuine patterns from 1941, this vintage knitting handbook will allow you to recreate the authentic homemade styles of the ‘Golden Age’ of knitting! 70 facsimile pages from the classic Odhams book, Knitting for All have been included, and a new introduction looks at the influence of the Second World War and rationing on the incredible popularity of knitting in the era of ‘make do and mend’. 


Magazine Articles:

2017
Reclaim Magazine, Issue 13 - March 2017
Signs of the Times - Feature on antique enamel advertising signs, comprising their history, where to buy and 'Top 5 Signs'.

Her Vintage Life Magazine, March 2017
From Bombs to Bombshells - 1940-1959 - Third in a series of five articles looking at the development of women's underwear in the twentieth century.

Her Vintage Life Magazine, February 2017
Throughly Modern Millies - 1920-1939 - Second in a series of five articles looking at the development of women's underwear in the twentieth century.

Her Vintage Life Magazine, January 2017
Changing Lives, Changing Shapes - 1900-1919 - First in a series of five articles looking at the development of women's underwear in the twentieth century.







2016
In Retrospect Magazine - No. 9, Winter 2016                 
The Cinema Goes to War - Article on British World War Two Propaganda Films.

Her Vintage Life Magazine, October 2016 
How Does Your Garden Grow? - Ten tips for creating a colourful and relaxing garden or outdoor space with a spinkle of vintage-inspired planting and creativity.
In Retrospect Magazine - No. 8, Autumn 2016                 
Swallows & Amazons - Film review of  Arthur Ransome's 'Swallows & Amazons' released summer 2016.

Her Vintage Life Magazine, July 2016
Vintage Vacations - The history behind family holidays from the 1930s to the 1950s.


Her Vintage Life Magazine, May 2016
Stitchcraft Magazine - Feature on Stitchcraft Magazine issues during World War II and their part in 'Make do and Mend'.

In Retrospect Magazine - No. 6, Spring 2016
Just William - Article focused upon Richmal Compton her her lovable literary rogue, William Brown, and the 'Just William' series of books.

Her Vintage Life Magazine, February 2016
A to Z of Vintage Make Up - Looking at make up and associated brands and trends from Twenties to the Sixties.
Her Vintage Life Magazine, January 2016
Its a Stitch Up - Practical sewing tips for beginners when using vintage sewing patterns.








2015
In Retrospect Magazine - No. 5, Winter 2015
Knitting for All - Why today's knitters are looking to the past.


Her Vintage Life Magazine, November 2015
A Cut Above - The attraction of vintage sewing patterns.
Her Vintage Life Magazine, October 2015
Carry on Caravanning: Life on the Open Road - Brief overview of caravan history from the 1900s-1950s and their current popularity.

Kitchens in Sync: the Rise of the 1950s Domestic Goddess - How the 1950s ushered in a new age of domesticity and consumerism into the heart of the home: the kitchen.
Her Vintage Life Magazine, July 2015
1970s: Oh! You Pretty Things - The final in a series of seven articles that explores the development of twentieth century fashion between the 1900s and 1970s and how to add a contemporary take on them.

10 Reasons Why You Should Own a Classic Car - The timeless appeal of classic cars and why they're fun to own and drive.


Her Vintage Life Magazine, June 2015
1960s: Swinging into the Sixties - The sixth in a series of articles that explores the development of twentieth century fashion between the 1900s and 1970s and how to add a contemporary take on them.

Her Vintage Life Magazine, May 2015
1950s: Fashion With Va-va-voom! - The fifth in a series of articles that explores the development of twentieth century fashion between the 1900s and 1970s and how to add a contemporary take on them.

Her Vintage Life Magazine, April 2015
1940s: Women at War - The fourth in a series of articles that explores the development of twentieth century fashion between the 1900s and 1970s and how to add a contemporary take on them.

Her Vintage Life Magazine, March 2015
1930s: Fashion's Golden AgeThe third in a series of articles that explores the development of twentieth century fashion between the 1900s and 1970s and how to add a contemporary take on them.

A Stitch in Time - The appeal of of vintage sewing machines.



Her Vintage Life Magazine, February 2015
1920s: Bright Young ThingsThe second in a series of articles that explores the development of twentieth century fashion between the 1900s and 1970s and how to add a contemporary take on them.

Her Vintage Life Magazine, January 2015
1900s-1910s: Edwardian Extravagance -  The first in a series of articles that explores the development of twentieth century fashion between the 1900s and 1970s and how to add a contemporary take on them.







2014 

Her Vintage Life Magazine, December 2014
A to Z Retro Xmas - A retro guide to Christmas. 


Her Vintage Life Magazine, November 2014
A Fashion for Fair Isle - How Fair Isle knitting found favour in WWII Britain. 

Her Vintage Life Magazine, July 2014
Lido Leisure, The Golden Age of the British Lido - History of the rise, decline and regeneration of Britain’s lidos, including an overview of 1930s swimwear fashion. 







Her Vintage Life Magazine, April 2014
Swish into Spring with Novelty Prints - 1950s fashion focus on novelty print fabrics: their origin, designs and use in 'Horrockses Fashions' garments.

Her Vintage Life Magazine, March 2014
A Testament of Youth - Mini-biography of WWI diarist and pacifist, Vera Brittain.







 Her Vintage Life Magazine, January 2014
A Controlled Commodity - History of British wartime 'CC41' utility clothing.









2013

Her Vintage Life Magazine, November 2013
A Sociable Brew - History of afternoon tea and associated 1930s etiquette; vintage tea time styling.









His Vintage Life Magazine, November 2013
That's a Wrap! - The celebrated post-war comedy films of the Ealing Studios in London.








 His Vintage Life Magazine, September 2013
 Tuning In - The appeal of vintage wirelesses: their history and contemporary popularity.








Her Vintage Life Magazine, August 2013
Sew Vintage - Guide to using vintage sewing patterns; including differences in vintage and modern dress sizes, helpful hints when using patterns and where to buy.

Station 'X': How a Country House Helped Win WWII - History of WWII's secret intelligence headquarters based at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire. Also included a review of the Park's 'Forties Family Festival' held in May 2013.
   
  Her Vintage Life Magazine, May 2013

  Persephone Books - Background to Persephone Publishing; review     of three books originally published in the 1940s.




 Her Vintage Life Magazine, April 2013
 Classy Chassis - A beginner's guide to buying a classic car.









Her Vintage Life Magazine, January 2013
 Woolly Warmers - Knitting article and original knitting pattern for a pair of hand-warmers.



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