Photo courtesy of Karen Verschoor
|Welcome to my shop. Some
pages are still under construction but you may find something you
like amongst the items we've posted thus far.
Some of the hats and
bonnets are available now. Others have already been sold but most
can be replicated for you, if you wish. If you require a perfect
color match, it is best if you provide the fabric.
I'm always happy to
discuss custom construction of Regency, Victorian and Edwardian
hats and bonnets to suit your needs. If there's something you
require that isn't presented here, please let me know. I may be
able to accommodate you.
My hats and bonnets are constructed of
buckram, felt, straw or wired frames, depending on the era and
style. Where possible, I use natural materials. If
necessary, I use modern materials that closely resemble their period
counterparts. Be assured, you will never find hot glue used in the
I design and construct my patterns and blocks based on
original items, photos and illustrations. On occasion, I
will make use of original patterns published during the 19th and early
20th centuries. These will be noted in the descriptive text.
I'm fortunate to own an original chalk ware bonnet block c.1852-59 that
I use to make blocked and wired straw blanks of the oval shape seen in
daguerreotypes of the mid-19th century. A blank is the basic straw
base that you may then decorate using the fabrics and trims you choose
or I can decorate one for you.