8vo, pp. xxii, , 338, [6, advertisements], with 18 plates (some colour) and numerous illustrations within text; closed tear to p. 101/2 without loss, very occasional small marks; very good in publisher’s quarter cloth over grey boards, spine and upper board lettered in black, green endpapers; a few marks, very slight wear; pencil inscription to first page ‘Ethel Gill Ditchling Common, Sx Oct 1915’; engraved ex libris label to front pastedown inscribed in ink ‘Petra Tegetmeier’; small piece of woven fabric in green and gold thread loosely inserted.
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Hand-loom weaving plain & ornamental ... with line drawings by the author & Noel Rooke: also collotype illustrations from ancient and modern textiles.
First edition, the copy owned and used by Ethel (later Mary) Gill (1878-1961), wife of Eric Gill (1882-1940), and later by their second daughter Petra (1906-1999). Petra was born the year before the Gills moved to Ditchling in Sussex, where they established a remarkable, largely Catholic, community of artists and craftsmen. Petra – her father’s muse as an adolescent – learnt to weave at Ditchling in Ethel Mairet’s workshop and later taught spinning and weaving herself at the short-lived boarding school established by Gill at Capel-y-Ffin in the early 1930s. Having broken off her engagement with the painter and poet David Jones, Petra married the letterer, engraver and cartoonist Denis Tegetmeier in 1930, weaving her own wedding dress.
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