Alice always carried a note book

Alice in Wonderland
Note Books heading to Vintage Emporium Number 38 Newport Pagnell.

Call Agent Pip via the new-fangled telephonic machine on 01908 615246 and ask her to secure yours for postage or collection.

Quick! Only six Wonderland books are to be made in Knicker Drawers Central before the Queen finds out!

Each note book contains items saved, salvaged, scrounged and stolen from a white rabbit, plus everyday papers for your jottings of the six impossible things you did before breakfast, plus your scribblings, doodlings, favourite quotations and answers to the puzzle, Why is a raven like a writing desk? Wrapped in white leather, A6 in size, and supplied with an invitation to tea.

£26 per book, p&p extra. Ask Agent Pip on telephonic 01908 615246. xx Love 2021 from Knickers. PS. Thank you to Karen. xx


From Dump Space to Work Shop

Why are those Knicker Drawer Note Books so slow to the shops?

On a budget, with two capable workers alongside me. The project involves clearing, rebuilding, uncovering, late night working, figuring it out, saying 'That'll never work', more carpentry, sanding, looking at bricks, sawing, trips to the tip, and, best of all, industrial sorting at the scrapyard, where I am in Stig of the Dump heaven.

Just what I need for the floor and shelving. It's all in here ...somewhere.


To thine own self be true... introspections from a Covid World

Time to think? As we tentatively emerge, overwhelmed and blinking into the days of our pre-vaccine Covid world, struggling - with various degrees of success - to navigate the various threads of our life, there's no more important time to keep a journal.
Here we can be honest. Brutal honesty, if that's what you need, whether all our narrative strands 
still work for us in this strange new world.
What's important? What can we leave behind? What do we want for our futures and 
what do we cherish from the past? Can we live with contradictions? Forgive ourselves? Think polar opposites about the same issues? Want two mutually exclusive states? 
Or find contentment with an unhappy compromise?
Keep a journal, if only for a short time, to discover that fantastic mix of intelligence, wisdom, emotional spiralling, positive thinking, negative pot holing, bizarre wonderings, 
internal contradictions, strange instincts and demanding impulses - 
that celebratory, glorious mess called human, by your name. Love it all.

Thinking Journals on sale for Autumn 2020 at Number 38 Vintage Emporium, Newport Pagnell. 

Prices for A5 blank journals range from £29-£35.

And if you own a journal and you'd like a set of Thinking Tags at £4 per set to send your notes flying in different directions, order your set of twenty tags by sending an email to






Magical readings

Dream-catching motif with tasels, threads, cords and wraps to entangle and intrigue.

Secret book taken from the library, place of knowledges hidden, secret, forbidden.

 Magical book of stars (definitely) and unicorns (possibly). Dark sparkle warning.



Take me into the garden, by the park, to the edge of the field

The Garden
Green leather notebook, taking gentle inspiration from English summers
and make-do-and-mend of the 1940s, combining snatches of bridal lace,
fragments of jewellery, everyday notepaper and snips of papers -
chiyogami, vintage, with paper made at Frogmore Paper Mill from the
grass clippings of Wimbledon. Save the summer in a time capsule.
Notebook 1 of 15 SOLD
Psst! Need the garden? Contact Agent Pip on 01908 615246

Save the Little Things
Green suede wrapping book combining Victorian design with lace,
blotting paper, everyday notepaper and mulberry tamarind tissue paper.
One of those books which meets the Knicker Drawer criteria: I want a book which has
an animation; a life of its own, taking part in your moment; this notebook,
with its soft and tender suede tells you with a slight tremble in the hand.
It is all vulnerability and strength, fragility and endurance.
Notebook 2 of 15. £24
Psst! Elegance your vibe? Contact Agent Pip on 01908 615246

Handy notebook hinting the 1950s, combining purposeful
notepaper, salvaged typewriter paper, torn envelope, card, bits and bobs.
This one needs using, not looking at! Paperclips, bulldog clips, hat pins,
safety pins, ribbons, bookmarks, hair clips, string. Use them all here.
Add the oils from your fingers, the inks stained from your pen and
sprays of oil-based scents. Your little leather and suede notebook
will return your use with theatre expression for your everyday.
Notebook 3 of 15. £24
Psst! One day you might need the evidence. Contact Agent Pip on 01908 615246

The Garden
Can I confess? I love this one! Disorder meets order in the best wild gardening of all.
Wandering ribbons, tough suedes, crumpled tissue paper,
sturdy notepaper, tendrils of threads lifted by air, all wrapped with fine shifting
fabrics clung together then suddenly parting from dense-woven cotton and net:
this little notebook is a wonderful tension of the uncontrollable brought against the
firm, stitched and book-bound. This is the true territory of my world.
I'll mix a tipping off-the-edge unpredictable with my rule-bound conformist. You?
Notebook 4 of 15. SOLD
Psst! For a special treat contact Agent Pip on 01908 615246

The Eclectic Collector
Bead, ribbon, cotton, net, leather, suede, silk; papers transcluscent,
everyday, decorative, watermarked, folded in, folded out.
What do you want to collect? Notebook needs owner for the little things -
a pressed flower, a passing thought, a loved poem, song lyrics that mean something -
even when they mean nothing; words for pity, praise, revenge, love, hate,
desire, grief, delight, joy and fear. Strap up the scourings from your days
in the pleasures and pains of your mind; bind them with ribbons and threads
and the bootlace from those boots you wore right through to the sole...
An eclectic mix is our who-we-are. Embrace it all.
Notebook 5 of 15. £24  
Psst! Is it Yours? Contact Agent Pip on 01908 615246

A little pocket book, leather on suede. Thin papers, thick papers,
turned-over pages, sliced-through pages, layers, tucks, folds.
No-nonsense and fancy all at the same time. Fill it as you need.
Purposeful pockets need stuffing with the essentials - to-do lists,
must-do lists, wish-lists, urgent lists, lists of things to avoid,
lists of desire, whimsy and promise. Who needs a list anyhow?
Just write yourself a note. Notebook 6 of 15. £22
Psst! ...Need a pocket book for your lovely Stuff? Contact Agent Pip on 01908 615246

Think laid-back hippy chick ...everything valued, nothing wasted, the combinations unique. 
Saved leather on suede once made as a jacket. Tablecloth fabric, loved, and salvaged 
marlmarque paper combined with tissue paper, everyday white notepaper and papers 
torn from an old notebook, just because. Beads from a funky 1980s jewellery string, 
plaited embroidery threads from the festival and all the bits and bobs that 
speak of wonder at what we can do, given time to simply look around us and create. 
Notebook 7 of 15. £24
Psst! Summer will come. Contact Agent Pip on 01908 615246

The Eclectic Collector
 'There are few things so futile, and few so amusing,
as a peaceful and purposeless perusing of old random jottings
set down in a book you've unearthed from a drawer'.
Delicate beaded fabric panel stitched onto suede. The inside of organza, cotton and net.
Notepaper of everyday papers thin and thick, handmade and decorative.
Slipped inside are postcards, cards and the ephemera to 
scrapbook your quirky treasures, saved for your day of futile amusement.
Notebook 8 of 15. £24
Psst! ...Wanna get creative? Contact Agent Pip on 01908 615246

Start Everyday with a Smile
Think yourself into a garden of bright spots, sudden yellows,
vibrant greens and pops of red. If that brings a smile to your lips,
then this is the notebook for you. Green suede, white notepapers intersewn
with bright, sharp colours. Write over your pages with crayons, felt tips,
coloured gel pens and multi-coloured biros. Make this the notebook that bursts with colour,
still smiling when you reach for it in winter to remember what summer was like
in the bright spots of your mind.
Notebook 9 of 15. £24
Psst! Feeling Bright? Contact Agent Pip on 01908 615246

 Tactile and sensory, a notebook stitched from leather on suede.
With net, cotton, organza, salvaged lace,
handmade papers, everyday notepapers, ribbon, beads, bits and bobs.
The whole stitched with love and value for the moments of reflection,
introspection and thought that flow with your possession of time
with a journal. A place for quiet thought, memory and speculation.
Write your day in a note to yourself and, over time,
your journal becomes a reader for your thoughts.
 Just for today. A perfect distraction from the noise of the world.
Notebook 10 of 15. £24
Psst! Make the Day...Contact Agent Pip on 01908 615246

A soft flexible cover makes a book to curl close; a wrapping wax
cotton thread keeps dreams held safely inside. Lace and torn edges
mix with clean, clear paper. Ribbons, cottons, organza, beads,
handmade papers, everyday notepapers, bits and bobs. A summer notebook
to take you to a scented place of grasses and flowers with the sky high above
and the green stretching ahead - perfect for remembering what is behind
while dreaming the best of what is to come. Always keep a notebook.
You are never alone with a dream in your heart.
Notebook 11 of 15. £24
Psst! Daydream ahead! Contact Agent Pip on 01908 615246

Collect in Me
Delicate suede, ribbon curls, torn papers, pre-loved cottons, hanging threads, 
everyday papers with laces and embossed transluscent pockets stitched in the Knickers style - 
all curves and flows and free movement. A confection of a notebook, looks like fondant 
and probably good enough to eat (but better to use it as a notebook instead.) Bliss.
Notebook 12 of 15. £24
Psst! Get your hands on it by calling Agent Pip on 01908 615246

Having fallen in love with Spring birdsong some years ago,
I now strive to stitch a book with the same lyricism and determined strength
put out by our garden blackbirds and bluetits. A soft handlingsuede book to nestle close
in the hand and brush your fingers with delicacy and fragility, yet be as tough and durable
as any starling fighting a way to the bird feeder. Everyday papers mixed with lace,
transparencies, doily and net.
Notebook 13 of 15. £24
Psst! For your tweet needs, contact Agent Pip on 01908 615246

Pistachio leather, bright greens, clean whites, and ideas!
Stick, fold, pin, cut, glue, stitch, weave, tear, shape, tuck, thread and bead.
Don't stop there! Scent your pages, drop wax, press flowers, punch holes,
paste phrases cut from magazines, write the words that matter. How will your book change?
Every mark you make in a Knicker Drawer Note Book makes it become more expressive
and more beautiful. Help your book tell the stories of your everydays - loves, passions, fears, regrets,
resentments, longings, wishes, memories, hopes and desires - through the marks you make. Your
 book grows closer as a reader for your thoughts and is made whole for a life of its own.
Share yourself with your book through the ways you create
and you'll make a treasure to last long beyond years.
Notebook 14 of 15. £23
Psst! Feel creative? Call Agent Pip on 01908 615246

In my front room window
Who loves making acts of theatre in the house?!
I keep a Knicker Drawer Note Book to hand as I'm making any series,
so I can dress it up with whimsy and use it as a playful source of ideas.
The Knicker Drawer Note Books garden books in green all lend themselves
to a wonderful dressing-up with flowers and leaf sprays - use dried and fresh flowers
and snap away at your daily changing theatre.
Little dried flowers here, thank you to the amazingly talented Ruth Eales.
Notebook 15 of 15. Not for Sale
Thank you Agent Pip for helping us all stay connected.