Today’s Millinery: Blue Straw Hat with Braided Brim

This dark jeweltone blue hat has a hand braided edge on the brim. The crown is 20.5″ circumference for an average size head, with a 2″ high rise in front, and 1.5″ high on sides. The shaped brim is 3″ wide, making it 13″ front to back and 12″ side to side.

Available in my Etsy shop.

Published in: on August 17, 2017 at 1:06 pm  Comments (1)  

Strawberry – Make-Do Pin Cushions


I find both fruit/vegetable pin cushions and make-do pin cushions fascinating and beautiful. Put them together, and I think the result is lovely. 
Throughout the nineteenth, as well as the eighteenth, century women rescued the broken bases of candlesticks, goblets and it turns out, even lamps by making them into pin cushions. Some, in my opinion, are functionally sized either for the work table or dressing table, while others seem rather ornamental. 

I made my strawberries of cotton velvet, stuffed with wool a top wooden stands, and beaded with antique clear glass beads that are silvery at the centers. They stand 5″ tall. 


Published in: on August 14, 2017 at 6:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Today’s Millinery: Rustic Plait

When the citizens of the southern states began facing shortages, some women and girls taught themselves to plait and made their own hats and bonnets. They plaited wheat, rye, and even palmetto. There are a few remaining examples in museum collections*. Of those examples, many have a rustic sawtooth edge plait.


This plait is very dense and tough, making sewing it difficult. The sawtooth edge, while it doesn’t seem sharp to the touch does wear on the skin while working with it. It does seem notably stronger than much other plait. I decided not to wire this bonnet because the example I was referencing was not wired, and the straw naturally holds the curved shape of the brim and cheektabs.

This piece will not be going into my shop. Instead, it is the first piece for next year’s”make-up and shortages” display for the millinery. I will be making a hat with the other hank. I will decide later if I will make those for sale.

*Examples in Museum Collections:


Published in: on August 8, 2017 at 6:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tonight’s Millinery 

Brown Straw hat with Marie Stuart-esque brim. 

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Published in: on August 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Today’s Millinery: A Black Straw Bonnet 

Black can be fashionable as well as for mourning. This black straw bonnet was blocked on my original bonnet block. 

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Published in: on August 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Today’s Millinery 

This fashionable hat has a shallow brim that is wider in the front than the narrow sides. It is best for an average to larger head with a 22″ around crown. The crown rises 2″ in the front. The whole hat is just 9 1/2″ wide, with a 2 1/2″ brim in the front. 

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Published in: on August 2, 2017 at 12:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Today’s Millinery: A Copper Brown Spoon Bonnet 

This fashionable copper brown spoon bonnet was blocked on Serenity, my original plaster bonnet block. 

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Published in: on August 1, 2017 at 5:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Today’s Millinery: Green Straw Marie Stuart Soft Crown

Sorry, this one is not available. But, it is too cool not to share. This section of green straw was determined to be unique. I think it looks great with the Marie Stuart dip to the brim. 

Published in: on July 27, 2017 at 4:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tonight’s Millinery: Blue Straw Bonnet 

I wanted to beat the sun so I could photograph this bonnet outside to capture the jewel tone blues in this straw. The inside lights will have to do.

The blue straw spoon bonnet was blocked on an original bonnet block. 

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Published in: on July 26, 2017 at 9:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Today’s Millinery: Large Crown Hat

Several have been asking for a hat with a larger crown. Here is one! 

This crown is 22″ around with a shallow 1.5″-1.75″ rise. The brim dips fashionably in the front and back. The brim measures 13″ front to back. 

Available in my Etsy shop. 

Published in: on July 25, 2017 at 6:28 pm  Comments (1)