New bonnet in shop!

Here is the first available straw bonnet of the year.
This a classic medium-high brim bonnet for the very late 1850s into the early 1860s, the early Civil War era.

This bonnet was blocked on an original bonnet block with beautiful Milan straw.

Find this bonnet and more millinery in my Etsy shop:

Published in: on April 8, 2020 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Hat in Shop

This the fashionable Mousquetaire style hat. It has a higher, tapered crown and a shaped brim. This is a fun, yet period correct style for the Civil War era.

This hat is 21.5″ around the crown, rising 4″, 10.5″ across the brim. Good for an average head.

Find this hat, and others, in my Etsy shop:

Published in: on April 8, 2020 at 11:49 am  Leave a Comment  

Community Cast Video Day 26


Today’s video shows how to make a spool holder.

Original spool holders of this style:

  • 1 sheet of pasteboard (8.5”x11”)
  • S
    ilk pieces – 2 approx 8.5”x11”
  • Matching wooden spools of thread (number based on shape selected.)
  • Length of 1/4″ to ½” wide silk ribbon – Approx ½ yard
  • A sharp awl and a bodkin
  • Long straight pins (optional)
(You may need to copy and paste these into MSWord to size them and print. Use the 1″ line for guidance.)

Shapes 3

Shapes 4

Shapes 5

Published in: on April 8, 2020 at 11:37 am  Leave a Comment  

Community Cast Video Day 25

Today’s video is a little short. I feel off today. There are also a couple pauses for the noise outside. And then the bag of fabric isn’t the right bag. Watch with gentle humor.

Published in: on April 7, 2020 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Community Cast Video Day 24

For today’s Millinery Monday, I talk about the anatomy of a bonnet and styles of hats. I also give an update on the patriotic doll project.

Anatomy of a Bonnet

Published in: on April 6, 2020 at 11:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Community Cast Video Day 23

Today’s video includes an introduction to my next doll project, a patriotic doll, with a bit on the next next doll, a fortune teller doll, and my attempt at fabric eggs for the window.

Published in: on April 5, 2020 at 11:06 am  Comments (1)  

Hats in the shop!

The millinery shop is back up and running, isolation style!

I have a new printer, arrived and installed, along with a postal scale. This means I can ship from home for the duration of this crisis. A huge Thank You to everyone who coaxed me along in this.

I just added a beautiful assortment of straw millinery to the shop. This includes:

  • 2 tapered crown CW era hats
  • A petite brim tapered crown for CW era or later
  • A Chapeaux Cloche, the fashionable recreational hat for the CW era
  • A bustle era higher crown Victorian hat with an inverted V brim
  • A Regency era bonnet (reserved)

I will be shipping from home once a week to not stress my postal people. I do miss them. So, I will go back to in person shiping when this is over.

Published in: on April 4, 2020 at 1:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Community Cast Video Day 22

Today’s video is split in two parts. I had a slight space ooops. This video shows how to make a pear. It is the last of the velvet vegetables and fruit, for now.

I am setting up the new printer at this moment (12ish.) I will be listing hats soon.

Published in: on April 4, 2020 at 12:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Community Cast Video Day 21

Today we continue making velvet vegetables and fruit. In this video, I show you how to make a chili pepper. You can use the same template for a carrot

This shape can also make a parsnip. Check out the article on how to make parsnips tasty on the GCVM Blog.

Mentioned in this video:

There is a nice collection of vegetables and fruit up on eBay currently. Here

Published in: on April 3, 2020 at 12:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Community Cast Video Day 20

Today’s video shows how to make a velvet tomato. This is the same shape for making a pumpkin or apple as well.


Remember, you don’t need to cut these exactly. If you don’t have a printer, draw these by hand as big or a small as you want. Cut 3 or 4 or 5 leaf shapes for your tomato or apple or pumpkin.

These are the wool pieces I used for the stem and leaves:

Published in: on April 2, 2020 at 11:02 am  Leave a Comment