From Field to Fashion: The Straw Bonnet by Anna Worden Bauersmith - Electronic Version

From Field to Fashion: The Straw Bonnet by Anna Worden Bauersmith - Electronic Version

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From Field to Fashion discusses the history of the straw industry from field to cottage industry, from factory to milliner, covering harvesting, drying, dyeing, plaiting, sewing, blocking and embellishing. This book is ideal for anyone who reenacts or interprets mid-century history. (note - This is the history rather than a how-to.)

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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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***Please remember this PDF is of the original print version which was entirely in black and white.***

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333 shop reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Annemarie Schuetz Apr 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

A very well put-together book with a ton of information I can't find anywhere else.

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MindyGC May 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Eager to play using your great research!

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nitareddy1 May 5, 2015

3 out of 5 stars

Slightly disappointed in the format and lack of photos/ illustrations. More of a dissertation than instructional. Maybe I didn't read the description very well. Lots of written info here, though, if that's what you're looking for.

Response from Anna Worden Bauersmith

Thank you for your honest review. You are my first negative review. I was hesitant in transferring From Field to Fashion to an electronic publication of the reasons you touch on. When purchased in a gift shop, people can see in person that it is a research piece rather than instructional like my other publications. Warm Regards, Anna

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Anneliese Jan 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Definitely five out of five stars, six if they had them! Loved the strawberries ever since I heard about them in a Facebook post. Beautifully constructed and will surely last for years to come. The perfect addition to any sewing box!

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