Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hats off to you! Antique ribbon work-a love story, part 2

As promised, I am sharing my collection of 1920's hats with you.  All of them feature beautiful ribbon work.  I think you can appreciate the workmanship that went into each one just by looking at the photos, so, for once in my life, I'm going to pipe down and let the photos speak for themselves.

Hat is constructed of metallic lace

This original tag is attached to the blue hat pictured just above it.  I believe it says $8.50.  I may pass out!

Lace Boudoir Cap

Another metallic lace hat, presumably for a child due to small size

Ribbons have metallic thread on the edges

This one is actually more of a silk ribbon embroidery

This combines silk ribbon embroidery, ribbon work, and silk embroidery on the leaves

I also have pretty hatstands, some from the same period as the hats.

Oh, look, more ribbon work

Simple velvet with millinery flower embellishments

Exquisite German porcelain doll used as a base.

Newly constructed in the style of the 20's

Newer construction by the same friend who introduced me to ribbon work

It is so unlike me to be brief, but I'm pretty sure my words would be lost what with all of the beautiful yumminess anyway, so I'm off to link to some of my end of week parties.  Come on by and see all of the cool stuff the other bloggers have to show you.

Until next time,

Linking with:
Vintage Inspiration Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Show and Tell Friday
Pink Saturday

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  1. Oh Gurl!! You have a FAB collection of flapper hats with all that beautiful flowers and metallic lace and threading. You should check out our collection of cloche hats also. Thanks for sharing....Tallulah

  2. Pretty, pretty hats! What a great collection. Love all the details.
    It's snowing again :( I'm ready for spring!


  3. Oh Judy,I am in seventh heaven and drooling over these gorgeous creations
    x jeanetteann

  4. Your collection is beautiful...the handiwork exquisite!

  5. Phew Judy,
    Seeing the pictures my heart did not skip a beat.....IT least I was not breathing as i gaped.
    Blogs really give us the opportunity to SEE things THANK YOU
    I am playing with hats in miniature with polymer clay flowers, well now what can I say after seeing these

    Sharon Chrystal

  6. Oh my word, these are exquisite!! Just gorgeous.

  7. Wow...what an amazing collection! My fave is the third photo! The detail and colors are stunning! I know they must be such a joy to see each day! Thanks for sharing. The photos are sooo lovely!
    Have a delightful Friday and weekend!

  8. Oh my goodness, you have taken my breath away! All of the hats are gorgeous beyond words. What an amazing collection you have. Each hat is unique and beautiful and one can only imagine the work that went into making hats like these. I can just imagine a beautiful woman wearing one of these lovely creations and the compliments she must have received. Gorgeous!
    Thank you so much for sharing this unique and lovely collection.

  9. Simply stunning! There are no words!! I have never seen anything like this, nor have I seen hat stands with the ribbonwork. I am drooling over your collection and so happy that you shared this with us. I will be sure to send my friend to your blog in case she missed it.
    Thank you and have a lovely day!

  10. As a person that does needlework and has sewn for over 45 years (since I was 8), this steals my heart. What a collection that I would be proud to own. So beautiful, so much work involved, so much history.

  11. Just love your hats! I have a collection of vintage hats too. Yours are stunning! I have them hanging in my bedroom, because I never could find hat stands that I liked.

  12. You have a awesome collection! Love the various designs, and beautiful artwork on each. Thanks for sharing this fantastic post!

  13. Be still my heart. Are you trying to kill me? lol It made me think of Helen Gibb who wrote books on ribbon work. I had to find her name on google because I couldn't remember her name. Just being honest:) I've often thought with the hand dyed ribbon I sell I should give it a try.
    I don't I've ever seen a better collection.

  14. My gosh! That is a beautiful collection you have there! Wow! Just think that $8.50 was probably a lot of money back at the time (maybe one reason it never sold)? I love those newer stands, too. Everything is just gorgeous- xo Diana

  15. Your stunning hats are simply breath-taking. I love the blue one with the orange-ish ribbon work. Not that all of them aren't just scrumptious.

  16. Hi,

    Visiting from Pink Saturday...

    Anything fabric or linens are my fav in the whole vintage decor world. Yours are beautiful.

    Your real life story is inspiring. We need to enjoy the lives we are given.

    Visit me too if you can.

  17. Your collection is simply amazing! Each and every hat and stand are just beautiful. I can envision someone from back in the day with needle in hand carefully placing each stitch. Just wonderful!

  18. What an outstanding collection of hats and hat stands! Worthy of a museum indeed! I'm so glad I visited from Pink Saturday. Nice to meet you!

  19. I have come back to this post a few times, and each time, I drool buckets. What a truly exquisite collection.

  20. Judy, what a beautiful collection! Wow, I feel like I've been in an antique shop. Gorgeous ribbon work, hard to duplicate, they were so talented.

  21. OMG, what a lovely collection! Really, truly fabulous. And the bases are just as beautiful as the hats. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

  22. Stunning. I would love to know how to make these. Thank you SO much for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!

  23. Love your beautiful antique hats. They are truly amazing.


  24. These hats are beautiful! I would love to own and wear any one of these. Happy Pink Saturday.

  25. Oh my goodness, I have to say that your collection of hats are simply stunning and museum quality. I am now in complete hat envy, thank you so much for letting us see this collection, Maureen.

  26. Envy! Breathtaking! Lucky you ... your collection is marvelous.

    I hope you will pop by to help us bring 'angel love' for a young girl who is sick.

    Thank you.
    Have a beautiful PS weekend ~

  27. Oh My !!!! That would have to be the most beautiful collection of vintage hats that I have ever seen. I have been oo'ing and aaah'ing in admiration. Thankyou so much for sharing. You must be so very proud of them. How sad it is that ladies no longer wear these amazing masterpieces like they used to back oh so many years ago......

  28. Those hats are absolutely gorgeous! Wow. I had to look at them more than once.

  29. Oh my these hats are stunning! Do you think women made their own hats back then are are these from a milliner? How long have you been collecting these gorgeous hats? I have never seen any like these beauties.

    bee blessed

  30. Happy Pink Saturday!
    It is always nice to see what each lovely lady is up to...and the creativity that flows...I pray that you all have a blessed week !
    Please come by my blog anytime...I love having you!
    God Bless......Kandy

  31. Definitely yummy! Each one of them is a treasure and a work of art. How wonderful to have them preserved. Happy Pink Saturday!

  32. Oh wow Judy!!! I've never seen anything like these. What an amazing collection you have. I can't get over the details and the talent that went into this ribbon work.
    I wish ladies still wore hats like these more regularly. Sigh...

  33. Oh Judy, what a gorgeous collection! they are pristine and oh so beautiful. I think if I had a time to choose for fashion it would be the twenties. Something about a cloche hat, unfitted dress and mary janes (with heels) that I just adore!

  34. Your hats are so gorgeous... I have a hat on my blog and lets just say it is simple and did I mention your hats are so gorgeous.......... If you get a chance come over to my blog where I would love your visit. I am new to blogging and love good company...

  35. Thank you for sharing your hats. I'm so exited to see them. I am going to try to make the blue one. I make hats for people with cancer who are going through chemo, both kids and adults. Now I am finding myself needing some hats. I don't have cancer and am not taking chemo, but my hair has started coming out and leaving some bare patches. Might be because of surgery I had six months ago. Not sure. Anyway, I was a little upset until I saw these. Yes, I must make some. Thank you again. They are lovely.


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