Paisley, Plaid, & Purled – Q&A

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Now Available. Paisley, Plaid, & Purled: Shawls of the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Why an E-book and not a printed one? I decided to publish PP&P as an e-book because it would be easily accessible for readers. As soon as it was purchased, it was there for them. No wait. 

Going with an e-book also meant not having the additional cost of printing and shipping. A printed version would have to have been $25-30 plus shipping, which increased notably in 2016. 

Does PP&P have patterns? PP&P includes original directions for over 30 shawls, both knit and sewn. Right now, the quilted shawl particularly appeals to me. 

Does PP&P have photographs? Yes. I included over two dozen CDVs in color, several with close-ups. The great thing about an e-book as a PDF is you can zoom in too. I also included photographs of original shawls. (I really need a nice studio to take photos of more I would like to share.)

Why $15.00? It was really hard coming up with a price for Paisley, Plaid, & Purled. I wanted the book to be easily affordable. But, I also needed to cover my costs. What I ended up doing is taking the expenses I had (LOC, ISBN, original shawls, CDVs, ILLs, copies/printing, etc) and dividing by 100 (a hopeful number of books. That number became the price. This does mean that I don’t actually make any money on PP&P until after I sell 100 books. (Oh, I also realized I wasn’t very good at keeping track of the little expenses such as museum fees, materials, etc.) 

Published in: on January 1, 2016 at 12:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Paisley, Plaid, and Purled: Shawls of the Mid-Nineteenth Century

PPandP book coverNow Available!!!

Exclusively as an Ebook in my Etsy Shop!!!

At long last, I offer you Paisley, Plaid, and Purled: Mid-Nineteenth Century Shawls. I am very excited to finally share my extensive research on mid-century shawls began over a decade ago.

PP&P is 120+ pages long looking at each of the shawls worn during the mid-nineteenth century, including the Civil War era. Learn about the types of shawls, where they came from and how they were worn along with much, much more.

PP&P includes over two dozen CDVs displaying period shawls, photos and illustrations. It also includes over 30 original directions for shawls including sewn and knit shawls.

1. Introduction & Methodology
2. Shawl Culture
3. The Shawls
4. Domestically Made Shawls
5. Shawls for Living History
Bibliography & End Notes
Appendix Including a Glossary of Terms, Manufacturing, Production, and Tariff Statistics, and Exhibition Examples.

Published in: on January 1, 2016 at 1:00 am  Comments (5)  

Paisley, Plaid, and Purled…..Coming New Year’s Day

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Published in: on December 28, 2015 at 4:16 pm  Comments (3)  

Announcement: Paisley, Plaid & Purled Going Digital!!!

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I have decided to release Paisley, Plaid, & Purled: Mid-Nineteenth Century Shawls as a digital publication.

I will be locking myself away during my Thanksgiving recess (and possibly Christmas recess) to reformat for the digital release.

Paisley, Plaid, & Purled will be exclusively available through my Etsy store come the new year.

Published in: on November 18, 2015 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Quilted Winter Hood E-Pattern – Now Available

I finally have my Quilted Winter Hood available as an E-PatternIMG_2482.

This will save on printing costs and turn around. This also means you get your pattern instantly through Etsy’s easy download system.

Just like the print version, you get a directions booklet and pattern pieces. I reformatted the direction booklet in a larger scale for easier reading.

Quilted Winter Hood E-Pattern 

Now on Etsy

Published in: on August 3, 2015 at 2:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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From Field to Fashion: The Straw Bonnet – Now Available Electronically!!!

From Field to Fashion is now available Electronically!


After several years of being out of print, I have decided to make From Field to Fashion: The Straw Bonnet available in an electronic format.

With the rising cost of printing, production reached a price that I do not feel comfortable passing along to my readers.  In the new format, I have been able to price From Field to Fashion at a fraction of the printed price. My hope is this will make From Field to Fashion easily accessible as well as informative.

From Field to Fashion looks at the history of the straw industry from field to cottage industry, from factory to milliner, covering harvesting, drying, dyeing, plaiting, sewing, blocking and embellishing.

Please visit my Etsy store to order your From Field to Fashion.

New to Electronic Publications? Don’t worry, you are not the only one. Luckily, Etsy makes this easy. You purchase From Field to Fashion as you would any other ready made item on Etsy – Click the green “Add to Cart” bar. This will take you to the check out where you can easily pay with Paypal. Once your payment has been confirmed by Etsy, Etsy will guide you through downloading the From Field to Fashion PDF. You can then open the PDF on your computer to read there or print. I have even had a handful of volunteers test the PDF on their Nooks, Kindles and Ipads.

From Field to Fashion is a 46 page booklet with the following sections:
– Straw Bonnets and the Straw Bonnet Industry
– Straw, Harvest and Preparation
– Straw Plait
– Straw Cloth
– The Straw Bonnet Base
– Industry and Labor
– Finishing the Straw Bonnet
– Who Wore a Straw Bonnet When?
and an Appendix:
1 – Original Bonnets Online
2 – Bonnet Production in Massachusetts, 1855
3 – Millinery Establishments by State, 1860
4 – Straw Bonnet Shapes
5 – Fashion Quotes from Harper’s Monthly & Weekly
6 – Fashion Quotes from Godey’s Ladies Book
7 – Straw bonnet quotes from fiction
8 – Wheat and Rye produced, 1850 & 1860
9 – Straw Industry Statistics
10 – Straw and Bonnet Related US Patents

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Published in: on March 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm  Comments (2)