Handmade Gifts for the Holidays

This is a quick video of the samples for this month’s Holiday Open House.

  • Pin pockets
  • Workpocket aka pocket of pockets
  • Parasol Needle-book
  • Pen-wipers: parasol, doll head, cat, elephant, frozen charlotte
  • Doll pin cushion
  • Woven ribbon pin cushion
  • Strawberry bookmark
  • Heart pin cushions
  • Oval pinkeep
  • Corded pin balls
  • Pillow pin ball
  • Paper pieced pin balls
  • Pool holder
  • Stocking needle-book
  • Velvet embroidered needle-book
  • Segemented pin cushion
  • Tiolet pin cushions

Published in: on December 5, 2021 at 6:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Holiday Reminder: Shop Closing for Shipping Friday, December 10th

This includes all shipable items: Millinery, cats, ornaments, sewing accessories, and pen wipers.

Only digital items will be available through the end of the year.

Published in: on December 3, 2021 at 6:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Retirement Announcement!

After having a conversation last night*, I realized my original Quilted Winter Hood Pattern is now a decade old.

Wow! Time flies.

My first Quilted Winter Hood Pattern was the first pattern I released publicaly. Initially published in print form in 2011, this winter hood got me through a very difficult time. I wrote the pattern while we were “living” on an air mattress in a spare room filled with boxes. The winter hoods I created using this pattern literally paid the bills and got us through. Beyond the financial aspects, this winter hood kept me connected, kept me researching, and kept me creative, while I was emotionally shut down during the situation.

In the past decade, this hood has kept many heads warm across the country and around the globe.

I have decided it is now time to allow my first Quilted Winter Hood Pattern to retire. At the end of the year, December 31st, the pattern will leave my shop.

At some point in the future I will develop a new quilted winter hood pattern focused on the many quilted hoods in my collection.

Published in: on December 3, 2021 at 6:00 am  Comments (2)  

A Sampling of Handmade Gifts

I planned on talking about the examples I will be displaying this weekend as part of the focus on handmade gifts of the nineteenth century. I took a little detour during the first part of the video. *Skip ahead to 5 minutes if you don’t want to hear my car drama.*

Where some of the items I show can be found:

Segmented pin cushion, “Roots” – An American Girl’s Book by Eliza Leslie

Large stocking needle-book – https://annaworden.com/2019/11/01/2019-fanu-holiday-project/

Parasol Needle-book – https://annaworden.com/2020/05/12/community-cast-video-day-60/  and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMLcjIPG4DM

Parasol Pen Wiper –
https://annaworden.com/2020/05/06/community-cast-video-day-54/

Spool Holder – https://youtu.be/dpmLSDFwsxQ
https://annaworden.com/2020/04/08/community-cast-video-day-26/

Button Keep aka Balloon Bag -pt 1 https://youtu.be/_zjAF8ZtF0c
Pt 2 https://youtu.be/n3AOMSsamqI
https://annaworden.com/2020/04/23/community-cast-video-day-41/

Published in: on December 1, 2021 at 5:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

November Reflections

From Hoods to Holidays, November was packed.

At the beginning of the month, I was focused on the launch of two new winter hood patterns: The Wadded Hood Workbook and The Princess Capote Directions.

I was also focused on holiday shop offerings, both historical and whimsical. I am super excited that all but one of my gift filled pockets sold out so quickly. I am completely smitten with my wool cats.

Each weekend of November, I shared a crafty video over on Don’t Paint the Cat for a A Little Whimsy for the Holidays series. Check those out here.

The weekend before Thanksgiving, I left the 21st century behind for a weekend of 19th century Preparing for Winter. I had a great time talking with visitors about winter clothes.

I was delighted to find, to finally find, the edition of St Nicholas’s Magazine I had been trying to find at a price I could afford. It came just in time for December’s programs. Video

This brings us to looking ahead to December. It has been a while, a long while, since I’ve had a month scheduled this busy. I have the mundane things of getting new glasses, various appointments, and getting the heating /cooling system for the car flushed. Heat is a necessity in NY. I have the seasonal festivities of community parties. I have three weekends of Yuletide Open House where I will be talking about handmade gifts. Oh, and I have work too.

Published in: on November 29, 2021 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  

4th Hat of the Week

And this brings my recess week to a close.

This fashionable cream straw hat will make a wonderful gift this season. It has the popular tapered crown and shaped brim. The topof the crown has a vining ring.

This crown measures 21″ around the inside for an average size head.

Note: this white/cream straw has a yellow hue as the natural straw comes through the white. The crown is slightly more yellow than the brim.

Published in: on November 28, 2021 at 8:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Holiday Sale

Save 10% Friday & Saturday on Holiday Items

Millinery & Digital items excluded

Published in: on November 26, 2021 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Third hat of the week

Happy Thanksgiving!

The third hat of the week is now in my Etsy shop. This is the favorite fashionable tapered crown in green.

I am running a little behind where I wanted to be this week. I was basically out of it most of Tuesday. I am hoping to get at least one more hat finished for you this week. I do have to finish some special request Clara’s Friends and I have some videos I want to record. Oh, and I will be enjoying some holiday chocolate pie.

Published in: on November 25, 2021 at 11:56 am  Leave a Comment  

Will You Become a Patreon Patron?

When it was first recommended I start a Patreon account I was hesitant. Very hesitant. How could I ask people for money? Who would want to pay money when I’ve been posting for free for years?

As it turns out, I’ve had a lovely little group of loyal Patrons for the past year to year and a half. Their support brings me joy and much relief.

In the past year, with the funds from Patreon I have paid for my WordPress platform and domains, WeVideo video editing, and a new document camera.

In the coming year, I anticipate my budget getting even tighter as costs go up on nearly all the basics. I hope to be able to continue researching, developing presentations and interpretations, writing, and offering videos. To do this, I need your help keeping the lights on so to speak.

If you are able, please consider supporting me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/AMillinersWhimsy

Published in: on November 24, 2021 at 6:46 pm  Comments (2)  

2nd Hat of the Week

The second hat of the week is now available in my Etsy shop. It is a green tapered crown with black stripes on the brim.

I am working on number 3. But, I really need a nap.

Holiday Sale: Friday and Saturday receive 10% off holiday items. Millinery and publications excluded.

Published in: on November 23, 2021 at 12:42 pm  Leave a Comment