Shop “Closes” for Christmas

I will “close” my Etsy shop for physical items on December 9th. I do not ship during the last two weeks before Christmas, which are dangerously busy for packages, out of care for postal workers and packages.

My last shipping day will be Saturday, December 10th.

Electronic items, including e-books, e-pattern, and In Details, will still be available

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Fancy Work Friday: Parasol Pin Keep & Pen Wiper

I am going to pair up two favorite projects from lockdown for this week’s Fancy Work Friday: The Parasol Pen Wipe and Pin Cushion

Materials for both the Pen Wiper (PW) and Pin Keep (PK):
2 parasol handles (1 for each project)
Tight, densely fulled heavy weight wool (PW)
Sead beads (PW)
Ribbon (PW)
Silk taffeta – solid or a small design (PK)
Tight, fulled medium weight wool, preferably light color (PK)
Embroidery floss (PK)

Pin Keep

Pen Wiper

For the Pen Wiper, cut 1 and a half circles of the densely fulled wool with a pinked edge:

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Here are some of the period directions for making parasol accessories:

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Shop “Closes” for Christmas

I will “close” my Etsy shop for physical items on December 9th. I do not ship during the last two weeks before Christmas, which are dangerously busy for packages, out of care for postal workers and packages.

My last shipping day will be Saturday, December 10th.

Electronic items, including e-books, e-pattern, and In Details, will still be available

Published in: on November 28, 2022 at 8:56 am  Leave a Comment  

Tappered Crown 1860s Hat

I’m running out of things to say about new hats. I feel like the descriptions are likely getting boring to people who have been following for a long while sorry about that.

I could call this a procrastination hat. I had several things on my to do list during this week’s Thanksgiving recess. Then Clara got sick and my brain couldn’t focus. So, I sewed straw, which is generally good for my mind. Meanwhile, other things were procrastinated.

This is the fashionable tapered crown hat common during the 1860s. It is a 21.5″ crown, suitable for an average size head.

Remember, coupon code MILLINERY110 will give you $40 off purchases of $150, bringing these hats down to $110 each.

Published in: on November 26, 2022 at 4:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fancy Work Friday: Victorian “Balloon Bag”

This week’s Fancy Work Friday object has been known as a “balloon bag” for holding balls of string, a “button keep” for buttons, and for holding thimbles. The shape shows up in the 20th century in different materials as a pinch purse for coin. Done decoratively, it can make a nice ornament.

In the Victorian era, they are generally made with pasteboard covered in silk. I’ve seen them in various sizes from about 3″ tall to just over 4″ tall. Each one made with silk covering pasteboard or a slightly more flexible version.

The following set of directions from A Girl’s Own Book, 1833, suggests the bag contain a ball of thread. As the piece closes nicely, it does well for holding buttons and thimbles, as the above names suggest. As a sewing accessory, I see it holding beads and trims as well.

A Girls Own Book 1833

Directions for another version from Peterson’s Magazine, 1869:

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If you make this piece up as an ornament, all you need to do is add a hanging loop from one end. I highly suggest doing this before attaching the sides to each other. You could hang the piece as is or fill it with a gift. I picture these filled with candies, jewelry, smaller ornaments, or gift certificates.

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Click for the PDF Template

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Published in: on November 25, 2022 at 6:05 am  Comments (3)  

Child’s Country Hat

Last night, I listened to the last part of a Straw hank and shortly before midnight I was holding the cutest country hat. This is a smaller hat, suitable for a child’s head. It is inches 18.5 around the inside of the crown and 9 inches across the brim.

This hat falls under the $110 sales price already. But, if you combine it with a couple holiday Exclusives items, you can save $40 with coupon code MILLINERY110.

Published in: on November 24, 2022 at 1:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Shop “Closes” for Christmas

I will “close” my Etsy shop for physical items on December 9th. I do not ship during the last two weeks before Christmas, which are dangerously busy for packages, out of care for postal workers and packages.

My last shipping day will be Saturday, December 10th.

Electronic items, including e-books, e-pattern, and In Details, will still be available

Published in: on November 21, 2022 at 4:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Millinery Sale!!!!

All Millinery $110

With coupon code: MILLINERY110

(Technically, the code takes $40 off the $150 price. Sale runs from November21st through November 30th.)

Important: I currently plan to ship on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I will “close” my Etsy shop for physical items on December 9th. I do not ship during those very busy weeks out of care for postal workers and packages.

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Pairings Sale!

Save when you purchase in Pairs!

Save 25% on a Pairing of In Detail publications. Put 2 In Detail publications in your cart to receive the discount. 

Save 25% on a Pairing Patterns & Publications.  Pick 2 e-patterns or e-publications to receive the discount. 

Save 20% on Pairings of Holiday Exclusives – For the duration of Thanksgiving Recess – (Nov 19th through Nov 27th) pick 2 Holiday Exclusives items to receive the discount.

I decided to have a little fun with this year’s Holiday Sale. We could all use a good pairing. While I can’t offer you a chocolate and wine pairing, I can offer you a Pairings Sale! I’ve divided my Etsy shop into groups, each with their own Pairings Sale Discount.

Save 25% on a Pairing of In Details starting November 11th
Save 25% on a Pairing of E-publications & E-patterns starting November 18th
Save 20% on a Pairing of Holiday Exclusives during Thanksgiving Recess

Important: I currently plan to ship on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I will “close” my Etsy shop for physical items on December 9th. I do not ship during those very busy weeks out of care for postal workers and packages.

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Fancy Work Friday: Ribbon Pin Cushions

Woven Ribbon Pin Cushions are eye catching and a fun way of using ribbon. Most remaining examples seem to be coming up on auction sites, often with the all too popular but not authenticated Shaker attribution. (I can not say whether or not ribbon pin cushions have a Shaker connection.)

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These pretty pin cushions combine two ribbons woven together either square on the cushion or on the diagonal. The ribbons are most often in contrasting colors, though not always.

A bow can often be found in one corner or connecting two corners. Sadly, the bottoms are not shown often enough to get a good survey of what materials are used. So far, one I have seen in photos has been edged with a cord.

For the first few I made, I used the half inch cotton sateen ribbon from The Ribbon Store. I like the body and weave of this ribbon as well as its density of color. I found this ribbon was very easy to work with in this project because it was easy to weave, staying in place without flopping around, and had strong edges without fraying. I used a foam circle as a platform to pin and weave the ribbons on. Woven, the ribbons formed a roughly 3″ square. I basted the woven ribbons, at the cut ends, to a 4″ osenburg foundation. (I accidentally deleted these photos as I went to upload them. Sorry.) I used some ivory wool for the back. I had wanted to use a firm white silk taffeta. But, I can not figure out where I put that.

As you can see, I also used a wider white ribbon in the center of the green and white pin cushion.

While working on the cotton sateen examples, I had Carole at The Ribbon Store looking for silk ribbons and narrower cotton sateen ribbons. I wanted seasonal colors because I had a secondary idea in mind. She came up with a nice color assortment.

The silk ribbon acts differently than the cotton. No surprise there. This is most apparent while weaving the ribbon. The silk is slipperier and doesn’t want to snug up to it neighbors as well as the cotton. It is lighter weight and possibly less thick, or least less dense then the cotton. This effects how the sides of the cushion sit. I find the silk makes a smoother edge than the cotton, which can have more fullness. I suspect the cotton would wear better over many repeated pin stickings as the weave of the ribbon itself is tighter. I can’t say that I like one over the other though. Each has its own advantages.

Want to make your own?

You will need:

  • 1 yard each of 2 different color ribbons about 1/2″ wide
  • Backing fabric (wool or silk)
  • Lining fabric (Photos show osenberg. Muslin works better.)
  • Batting

Cut 6 4″ lengths of each ribbon. Cut 1 4″x4″ square of the backing fabric. Cut 2 4″x4″ squares of your lining fabric.

Place one layer of the lining fabric on a pin-able surface. You may find it helpful to mark a 1/2″ seam allowance and/or center points on the fabric.

Lay one color of your ribbon running vertically. Pin the tops of each. Begin weaving the second color starting at the pinned top, leaving a 1/2″ for the seam allowance. As you weave, be sure to keep the ribbons as snug together as they will allow.

When you have finished weaving, I recommend adding a pin diagonally in each corner, holding the ribbons to the lining. See the bottom left here:

Baste the layers of ribbon and lining together. Keep your stitch just about 1mm to the outside of the woven area (just outside the seam allowance.)

Layer all your layers: lining – ribbons – backing – lining. Stitch around three sides. On the 4th side, leave 2″ open in the center for turning and stuffing. Use the basting line as a guide, sew just on the inside of it. This should put you right on the edge of the ribbon weaving. I recommend very small stitches 1-2mm in length. If you tend to have loose stitches, try a back stitch to hold the layers together.

Trim the corners. Turn right side out.

Fill the cushion densely with batting. I prefer wool batting. Other options to consider are wood shavings, bran, walnut hulls and wool scraps.

Once full, close the opening with a whip stitch or hidden stitch. You may wish to add a bow or loop in the corner.

Oh, that narrow 1/4″ ribbon? For miniature versions of course. This one is just over 1 1/2″ square.

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Published in: on November 18, 2022 at 7:05 am  Leave a Comment