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November 2011

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Lilith bracestall, duck and handsome bracestrust me I'm a ducktor braces

New stock of braces has arrived!

Available now from

All of the braces are Albert Thurston Limited Editions of 500.

Made in Leicester, UK and featuring Papilionaceous woven silk jacquard facings.

Designs available are:


Chorus Line


Water Serpents II

trust me, I’m a ducktor


tall, duck and handsome

October 2011

New York bookmark

With the on-set of the chilly weather, this is our take on New York in Winter.

Featuring the Chrysler, Woolworth and Empire State Buildings.

Also worthy of note is the fact that this is the only book mark in the range that uses Lurex thread to highlight details in addition to our customary silk.

New York silk bookmark at

September 2011

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The first BMC Mini rolled off the production line on 26 August 1959.

52 years later our new bookmark celebrates this iconic British car.

Mini Silk bookmark at

It is also now just a few weeks until the 2011 Knitting & Stitching show at Alexandra Palace.

We will be in our usual spot again: stand TGA10 in the Textile Gallery at the Palm Court end.

More details here: Knitting & Stitching Show 6-9 October 2011

August 2011

Many thanks to everyone who came to see us at the Festival of Quilts last week.

There is plenty more information all around this site but if you have any queries do get in touch, contact details are here.

Festival of Quilts 2011
photo:Flea Starr

July 2011

The Festival of Quilts 2011 is just a month away – and we will be there for the first time this year.

At the NEC Birmingham, 11th to 14th August, Opening Hours: 10.00am to 5.30pm (closes 5pm Sun)

For more information see: The Leading Quilt Show in Europe

May 2011

Ah yes, Royal Weddings!

Henry VIII knew a thing or six about Royal Weddings.

Too many wives to fit on a single bookmark so we present a pair of new bookmarks; both feature Henry in addition to either:

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Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour
Henry VIII (1 of 2) from


Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr.
Henry VIII (2 of 2) from

Jerusalem bookmark

Our third new bookmark features William Blake’s illustration “The Ancient of Days” alongside the first two verses of his poem “And did those feet in ancient time” from the preface to his epic Milton, a poem.

The words far better known to us today in their setting by Sir Hubert Parry: ‘Jerusalem’

Available from:

April 2011

“Space is the breath of art”
(Frank Lloyd Wright)

The exhibition “Open Space” is now on at Harbour House, Kingsbridge and runs until 27th April.

Included in the exhibition are two works by Robert Ely:

caspian five ribbon silk panel

gods river five ribbon silk panel
‘Gods River’

March 2011

The monochrome set.

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February 2011

A little early for St George’s day, but England are off to a good start in the Six Nations Rugby so with a rousing chorus of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” we present the new St George bookmark.

St George bookmark

St George bookmark from Amazon

January 2011


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Two recent works by Robert Ely: ‘Caspian’ and ‘Gods River’ have been added to the ‘Silk Panels’ section.
caspian five ribbon silk panelgods river five ribbon silk panel

October 2010

Thank you to everyone who visited the Knitting & Stitching show – and further thanks for your patience in getting to the ‘bits box’; I promise to make it bigger next year!


See the show page here.

September 2010

We will be returning to Alexandra Palace, North London for the Knitting and Stitching show this year from the 7th to the 10th of October.

You will find us in the same place as last year, stand TGA10.

Further details on the show available on the Knitting & Stitching show site.

August 2010

In local news:

Celebrate Start Bay is an annual event that does exactly what it says: celebrate the wonderful are around Start Bay in South Devon.

We will be there with the very first showing of some new silk panels alongside bookmarks, braces and ties.

We hope to see you there.

Celebrate Start Bay flyer

July 2010

Agatha Christie collected many things. One of those things being Stevengraphs; silk bookmarks or pictures made by Thomas Stevens, a Coventry silk ribbon manufacturer.

That collection can now be seen at Greenway, Agatha Christie’s holiday home which is just across the River Dart from Papilionaceous here in South Devon.

The house is now owned and managed by the National Trust and more information can be found on the National Trust website.

The Fax Room with the collection of Stevengraphs

Given our close proximity to the house and collection we are delighted to be both continuing the tradition of the Stevengraph here at Papilionaceous and also supplying our own take on these collectable bookmarks to the National Trust shop at Greenway.

The Trust have a second property close by which is well worth a visit.

Coleton Fishacre was the holiday home of the D’Oyly Carte family and is an Arts & Crafts style house set in magical gardens.

[And yes, you will find our bookmarks there as well!]

The fax room at Greenway with a selection of Stevengraphs on display.