From Field to Fashion is now available Electronically!
After several years of being out of print, I have decided to make From Field to Fashion: The Straw Bonnet available in an electronic format.
With the rising cost of printing, production reached a price that I do not feel comfortable passing along to my readers. In the new format, I have been able to price From Field to Fashion at a fraction of the printed price. My hope is this will make From Field to Fashion easily accessible as well as informative.
From Field to Fashion looks at the history of the straw industry from field to cottage industry, from factory to milliner, covering harvesting, drying, dyeing, plaiting, sewing, blocking and embellishing.
New to Electronic Publications? Don’t worry, you are not the only one. Luckily, Etsy makes this easy. You purchase From Field to Fashion as you would any other ready made item on Etsy – Click the green “Add to Cart” bar. This will take you to the check out where you can easily pay with Paypal. Once your payment has been confirmed by Etsy, Etsy will guide you through downloading the From Field to Fashion PDF. You can then open the PDF on your computer to read there or print. I have even had a handful of volunteers test the PDF on their Nooks, Kindles and Ipads.
From Field to Fashion is a 46 page booklet with the following sections:
– Straw Bonnets and the Straw Bonnet Industry
– Straw, Harvest and Preparation
– Straw Plait
– Straw Cloth
– The Straw Bonnet Base
– Industry and Labor
– Finishing the Straw Bonnet
– Who Wore a Straw Bonnet When?
and an Appendix:
1 – Original Bonnets Online
2 – Bonnet Production in Massachusetts, 1855
3 – Millinery Establishments by State, 1860
4 – Straw Bonnet Shapes
5 – Fashion Quotes from Harper’s Monthly & Weekly
6 – Fashion Quotes from Godey’s Ladies Book
7 – Straw bonnet quotes from fiction
8 – Wheat and Rye produced, 1850 & 1860
9 – Straw Industry Statistics
10 – Straw and Bonnet Related US Patents