Bonnets
Photography by Mac Jamieson

By Claudia Newton

When we think of “heirloom” sewing and embroidery, it usually calls to mind the sheerest of fabrics, delicate laces, and fine embroidery threads. But the techniques used for those dainty garments can do double duty when different fabrics and threads are used, and the results are just as stunning. So if “heirloom” seems too fancy or delicate for everyday use or cooler weather, think outside the box—start with a sweet design and then let your creativity take over. Choose batiste or broadcloth, pastel or white embroidery, shadow embroidery or padded satin stitch, ruffled back or pleated. These choices and more let you make the bonnet to your preferences, for warm weather or cool, tailored or heirloom, girl or boy. Construction is simple because these are variations of the versatile hanky bonnet, and the companion stitches for the embroidery are basic—stem, granito and eyelet. The design is equally suited for delicate shadow embroidery or sturdier padded satin stitch, so why not make one of each!

Claudia served as an editor for Sew Beautiful magazine and other Martha Pullen publications for several years. Now, she travels to teach embroidery and fine sewing. See her step-by-step instructions for these bonnets on the next page. 

Bonnets
Photography by Mac Jamieson

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