The selvedge is the woven side of a fabric, often with a slightly different texture, where the weft turns and goes back to form another line of thread. I love to use the selvedge where possible: it feels fitting.
So imagine my pleasure in being asked to be in the September issue Selvedge Magazine – ‘a cerebral and sensual addiction to textiles in all forms’ – from my home turf of London, in Highgate where my daughter went to school!
The photo on the cover – Fanny kneeling in a wood full of bluebells with a precious letter from her lover -is from Bright Star, required viewing for linen freaks like me, as Fanny Brawne is an exquisite seamstress, patronised and belittled by Keats’ jealous ‘creative’ friends. It is worth seeing for the costumes alone, but I enjoyed the whole film, though the houses look nothing like the originals in Keats’ Grove, just down the road from our first house.