I have been sorting a lot of Wendy pattern leaflets from Lee Mills recently - several boxes full, of all dates from about 1950 to about 1980. (We have many more recent leaflets as well, but I had had enough by then.) Following my visit to see Elizabeth Forster's archive, I was hoping to find patterns designed by her. Two Wendy patterns are illustrated in her book, The Wandering Tattler, and we found an advert for another in one of her scrapbooks. And I did find all three.
It was nice to see the first two in colour. The full-colour version of the jacket with a pattern of quetzals is quite startling, in fact. It's supposed to be a resplendent quetzal, the national emblem of Guatemala, which is mostly green with a red front says Google, so the colours are not strictly accurate, but at least they are bright enough. The pattern of the other, with llamas, was inspired by a trip to Peru. These both date from the mid-1970s, I guess. (The book was first published in 1976.)
The quetzal pattern leaflet is another that has a stamp from Mrs Patrick's wool shop at Broomhill in Sheffield, that I wrote about earlier. While I was sorting all the Wendy leaflets, I found a lot with Mrs Patrick's stamp, all of the same vintage, all in pristine condition. They must have come directly from the shop somehow, and were never sold. We have very few records of how any of the pattern leaflets came into the collection, unfortunately.
The third Elizabeth Forster design is a late 1960s dress and coat, in a sort of Aran style. This pattern must have been quite popular, to judge from the fact that there are several copies in the Lee Mills collection.