Antique Straw Designs

Some of you may recall me working on a display box this spring for the demonstration I was doing in the gallery. I wanted to include the various beautiful straw elements found on original straw bonnets and hats. The problem was I haven’t yet learned to make these many motifs.

A couple weeks ago, I was talking with an Etsy merchant in Italy about her straw millinery products. She told me about these antique straw art pieces. I agreed to purchase them for her very reasonable price.

They are from around 1900, but these same elements can be found on hats and bonnets from the mid nineteenth century.

I will be arranging them into my display box. I would like to do a reference sheet for each, noting where millinery with each design can be found. If you would like to see some now, check out the The American Straw Art Museum.

Published in: on July 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. ❤️

  2. Those are very cool.

  3. You can find balsa at JoAnne’s. Are you going to be making any of these. For sale?

  4. Thank you.
    I will be learning how to and practicing making them, but it iz unlikely I will make them for sale. There are accomplished straw artists around the globe who make and sell beautiful arrangements.
    I will decorate a millinery piece of my own with some at some point. Beyond that, we shall see.

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