The Ladies' Tea Guild

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Victorian Hairwork Tea and Workshop

Well, due to an emergency in the family of one of the South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild members, the Victorian Hairwork Tea and Workshop has been postponed to another time, probably sometime in 2009. In preparing for the workshop, I did a lot of research on the topics of thread "friendship bracelets," cord-making, braiding and other similar handicrafts. I was able to start a "friendship bracelet" out of brown and tan-colored embroidery thread, and a simple braid -- eventually for a hairwork bracelet with a gold clasp -- out of brown hair (human hair extensions). I will post pictures when I finish these projects, but they have been interesting ones to work on!

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Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
-- William Cowper (1731-1800)
"The Winter Evening" (Book Four), _The Task_ (1784)