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I am often asked "how did I start sewing straw?"

Honestly, I have no idea. It really seems to have just happened. I went from digging for "artifacts" in the creek beds as a kid, to volunteering at the Genesee Country Village when I was eleven, to sewing my own reenacting clothes to this obsession with straw.

In my shop expect to see handmade items which have been well researched and are appropriate for living history activity. I strongly believe in recreating shapes that are as accurate as possible. If it is not correct, I will not offer it.
(I may soon begin to offer cosplay and steampunk millinery.)

ABOUT MY MILLINERY -
I focus on two types of historic millinery I enjoy offering: straw plait bonnets/hats and winter hoods/bonnets. I research the shapes, materials and…

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AnnaWordenBauersmith
A Milliner's Whimsy & the Author of...

About

I am often asked "how did I start sewing straw?"

Honestly, I have no idea. It really seems to have just happened. I went from digging for "artifacts" in the creek beds as a kid, to volunteering at the Genesee Country Village when I was eleven, to sewing my own reenacting clothes to this obsession with straw.

In my shop expect to see handmade items which have been well researched and are appropriate for living history activity. I strongly believe in recreating shapes that are as accurate as possible. If it is not correct, I will not offer it.
(I may soon begin to offer cosplay and steampunk millinery.)

ABOUT MY MILLINERY -
I focus on two types of historic millinery I enjoy offering: straw plait bonnets/hats and winter hoods/bonnets. I research the shapes, materials and context for each.

I generally offer straw millinery from late winter through early fall. While I started with mid-nineteenth century millinery, I am exploring the shapes of earlier and later eras. The majority of my pieces are offered untrimmed. Though, as I have time, I will offer trimmed pieces as well.

From late fall through winter, I offer winter millinery. Each of these pieces are based on originals in my personal collection or those in collections I have examined.

All construction is by hand, based on study of original millinery pieces. Trimmed bonnets have flowers and ribbons tacked with thread (or pinned upon request) so these pieces can easily be changed as seasons progress. While I rarely take commissions, I am happy to help you find the right flowers and ribbons to finish your bonnet. If I don't have the type of bonnet you are looking for, I can refer you to quality milliners who specialize in other areas.

ABOUT MY SEWING CASES -
Each of my historically accurate sewing cases and needle-books are based on original pieces and/or original directions using the techniques found in my book Fanciful Utility: Victorian Sewing Cases and Needle-books. I will included notes in the listing as to what era the sewing case or needle-book is appropriate for. Occasionally, I will also offer fun modern cases as well. These will be noted as modern.

ABOUT MY PUBLICATIONS -
I offer a few of my publications as Ebooks or Epatterns here with Etsy. If you are looking for FanU, that is offered through my publisher.

You are welcome to visit my blog at http://annaworden.wordpress.com/ to learn more about my topics of interest, projects and research/

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