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Monday, February 13, 2006

Ohio Regimental Military Ball

I'll be attending the Ohio Regimental Military (Civil War) Ball this Saturday ( so I decided I needed something to cover up my hair, or lack there of, lol. I got a ponytail hairpiece, thinking I could twist it into a bun, but the jury's still out on that one! I'm working on a crocheted headdress from the June 1862 Godey's Lady's Book.
Fig. 1 I'm using Perle Cotton with a size 6 steel crochet hook and beaded fringe in lieu of the thread fringe. It may be too heavy though. We'll see how it goes.

Speaking of vintage crochet, I've been listing Beeton's Needlework Books on Ebay at $6.99 each. So far I'm listing Crochet, Knitting, and Tatting, but I also have Berlin Work, Guipur D'Art and Point Lace. One of the things I really like about them is that there is a picture for each project, unlike some of the vintage crochet books I've purchased before. You can see them here:

This is the beaded bag I made to go with my ball gown. Unfortunately it's not a vintage pattern, so I can't share it here, but you can see it's a fairly simple little bag made up of regular bedspread weight crochet cotton. It's made like a rectangle with a triangle on the end, then folded, the edges sewn and the beaded fringe sewn on last. You make the strap separately and then attach it. I cut the extra beads off the fringe and sewed them on the strap by hand. I wish I would have made the strap a little shorter, but live and learn.


kristinsdottir said...

Heather, too much ... I just bought this same headdress from Thistlebee's on etsy ... it just came in the mail, and I'm at work ... looking forward to getting home so I really try it on and check it out. How'd yours come out?

Heather said...

You can see a pic and the changes I made in the next post, at

I love it! But with all the beads it's pretty noisy. lol And that's not my hair, I had to wear a wig to model it because my hair's so thin it hangs totally flat against my head. :)