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Hello
Does anyone know where I can get a pattern for a Fen Bonnet?

Any help appreciated.

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Post by sally »

whats a fen bonnet? Wondering if I know it by a different name?

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Hi Sally
Thanks for getting back. I have a picture of what someone wants me to make for them but would like to get hold of a pattern for it to make sure i get it right. It looks simple but I've never made one before so yes perhaps it has a different name.

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I would have called that a canal bonnet, though a lot of boatswoman's bonnets are a lot fancier, so maybe this is slightly different?

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Thanks Sally, that gives me something else to go on so i'll start having a look round.

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That is a very modern fabric. Do you know if it comes from any specific historic period?

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Post by Theotherone »

Looks a tad similar to the child's bonnet on here

http://www.lhcrt.org.uk/notices.htm
Because there would have to be three of them.

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Hello Frances and Theotherone
Have just seen your replies. I have managed to make one of these bonnets up in which the lady at the museum is well pleased. she wanted it in a plain white cotton fabric and quite basic looking. The one i've done is slightly different to the picture shown first. From what i've found I think this type could also be classed as a victorian working bonnet.
Anyway I've enclosed a picture for you to see.

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Post by frances »

I see that you have stiffened the edge with rigelene - good idea. In those days it would have been cane or maybe a few layers of piping cord.

There is a lady in Staithes, who makes these bonnets in a continuous line from, she says, Regency times. I think that this is a little early myself. But the skill have been passed down from one older to another in the town. I think the current lady she runs the post office, or the local sweet. Cannot remember without looking her up. She makes the bonnets by machine in printed cotton, and they use them in the shop to cover their hair, as well as selling to tourists.

What are the museum going to use them for?

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Hello Frances
Thanks for your reply. The museum are going to use them for education when children go there on school trips so of course I'm going to have to make a few of them.
They also want some made in printed cotton as well.

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