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  

Millinery & Me Update

I want to thank everyone who purchased an e-publication this past week. It was a nice relief to see little orange Etsy icons appear on my screen. Support like this is both helpful financially and emotionally for artists & craftspeople right now.

I hope you are enjoying the videos I’ve been doing. I find they help motivate me to do something each day. I am trying to balance what I talk about between millinery, FanU, and other things. The videos are single takes. So, I hope you don’t mind the raw footage. I could do fully edited videos with picture in picture, but I let my Wevideo lapse.

If you or someone you know is looking for something to read or a project while they can not leave home, I have a few e-publications available. The balloon bag and the pillow ball pincushion can be made out of most people’s stash or even scraps.

I have been sewing straw millinery the past few weeks. I am going slower than usual. After much indecision and some guidance from friends, I ordered a printer and scale so I can ship from home, with the Post Office picking pieces up. I will start listing millinery as soon as my new printer and scale arrive.

In the meantime, if you are interested, I started a Patreon account:

Published in: on April 1, 2020 at 12:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Community Cast Video Day 19

Today is the first day of a multi-video look at recreating velvet vegetables and fruit. Today, I show you the basket of velvet vegetables I made in 2016 for the Agricultural Society Fair. In the coming days, I will share how to make some of these.


Published in: on April 1, 2020 at 11:14 am  Comments (1)  

Community Cast Video Day 18

A half a yard of days…. Having the feels today.

In today’s video, I talk through the process from straw to bonnet or hat. It is rougher than I usually do. Sorry about that.

Published in: on March 31, 2020 at 11:19 am  Comments (2)  

Community Cast Video Day 17

Today is a Millinery Monday, with this video looking at two hat blocks.

Published in: on March 30, 2020 at 10:04 am  Comments (1)  

Community Cast Video Day 16

Today’s video takes a little detour with one of my favourite modern products.

Published in: on March 29, 2020 at 9:42 am  Comments (3)  

Community Cast Video Day 15

Today’s video shows how to make a simple workpocket that can have many 21st century uses as well as 19th century.

My “formula” for fabric length:

6 times the height by the width

6(h) x w


For a 3″ high by 4″ wide pocket, cut a 4″ wide by 18″ piece

For a 6″ wide by 4″ high pocket, cut a 6″ wide by 24″ piece

Published in: on March 28, 2020 at 12:07 pm  Comments (1)