What happens when I find an Amazing artisan crafted fancy straw plait? I make a soft crown bonnet of course.
This straw is fabulous to work with. The straw artist calls this a “batwing” plait. It is a modern name, while the design is very suitable to historic millinery. It is such a pretty color too.
Originally, I was going to make the crown and bavolet in an ivory windowpane taffeta. But, it seems I imagined that silk into my stash. Instead, I find this pretty blue and yellow plaid to compliment the straw nicely. The colors are light enough to not over power the straw.
I’ll add photos as I work. (around nursing a recovering feline assistant.) When finished, it will be available in my Etsy shop.
In the meantime, here are a few of the soft crown bonnets I previously made.
Want to know more about soft crowns? Here are a few previous posts.
- Exploring Soft Crowns pt 1 (1858-61)
- Exploring Soft Crowns pt 2 (1861-2)
- Exploring Soft Crowns pt 3 (1863)
- Exploring Soft Crowns pt 4 (1864-5)