Thursday, April 17, 2014

Guest Post from International Partner: HATalk e-magazine

It's almost time to put on your favourite Easter bonnet!

Hats and Easter have gone together for as long as any of us can remember, but have you ever stopped to think about how a traditional Easter bonnet would have been constructed? Many different types and styles of bonnets have been worn over the years and we find it fascinating to research the headwear fashions of days gone by.

Last year, we visited historical milliner Ani Townsend in Bristol, England who showed us how to recreate this 1830s poke bonnet.

                               Ani used a heavy grade buckram to create the base.

                                 Ani used a heavy grade buckram to create the base.

                                      And covered it with a Regency style fabric.

                             Finally, Ani trimmed her bonnet with lovely gold ribbons.

For full, step-by-step instructions on how to make this bonnet at home (in red of course!), check out HATalk Issues 91 and 92. To get these issues and over 100 other downloadable hat making resources, subscribe to HATalk e-magazine today - Red Hatters pay only $19.95 a year!

Happy Easter from all of us at HATalk!

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