Birds by Harry Rountree


Crocheted flowers scarf

Tina who made this beautiful scarf writes:

'When I first saw the beautiful Japanese Noro yarn, 
I knew that I had to create something special.

To take full advantage of the colors I came up with the idea to crochet 
small flowers and as the yarn gradually changed colors so would the flowers. 
I then mixed them to create a vibrant yet harmonious looking scarf'.

It measures 18 x 165 cm/7 x 65" and only weighs around 75 grams/2½ ounces. 
As the flowers in this scarf are individually created and sewn together, 
not two scarfs are exactly the same. The beauty of handmade 
knitting. It can be worn in different ways

Purchase the scarf here:

A Brazilian woman and her baby, 1855

Opening the hat box...

Alessio Issupoff : 'The Milliner'

'The Milliners' by Paul Signac, 1885

'Milliners' by Albert Marquet, ca. 1901

'Millinery Studio' by Isaac Israëls (1875-1919)

Georges Lemmen: 'La modista', 1901

Milliner, ca. 1920s

'The Milliner' by Edgar Degas (1834–1917)

'The Milliner's Window' by George Henry (1858-1943)

Milliner, n.d.

Marie Louise Catherine Breslau: 'The Milliners', 1899

'The Milliner' by Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1875

Walter Bondy (1880-1940): 
'Opening the Hat Box', 1899

Marigold hat pin

 A very pretty aesthetic movement, late 1800s Victorian tie/hat/stick pin 
 in sterling silver with an applied two colour 9ct gold marigold flower to the top part, 
extremely nicely done and a great collector's item if you like Victorian jewellery. Could 
still be worn as a tie or hat pin - or shawl pin, or the top part would be really 
nice to convert into something else, maybe a ring

Purchase the hat pin here:

Mad hatter disease...

A quarter plate man wearing a top hat

'Mad hatter disease', or 'mad hatter syndrome', is a commonly used name for 
occupational chronic mercury poisoning among hatmakers whose felting work involved 
prolonged exposure to mercury vapours. The neurotoxic effects included tremor and the 
pathological shyness and irritability characteristic of erethism. Use of inorganic mercury in the
form of mercuric nitrate to treat the fur of small animals for the manufacture of felt hats seems 
to have begun in 17th-century France and from there spread to England by the end of the century
with the Huguenots. By the Victorian era the hatters' condition had become proverbial, as
reflected in popular expressions like 'mad as a hatter'and the hatters' shakes. In the
US, where the occupational illness was thoroughly described in New Jersey
in 1860, the practice continued until 1941; mercury poisoning
in the hatmaking industries of  Danbury, Connecticut
gave rise to the expression the 'Danbury shakes'

Three gents wearing 'stove pipes', 1853


Three men wearing white, beaver skin top hats, mid-19th century.
 Beaver skin hats were fashionable across much of Europe during the
period 1550-1850 because the soft yet resilient material could be easily combed
to make a variety of hat shapes  - including the familiar top hat. The demand for
 beaver pelts in Europe ultimately drove the animal to near-exrinction.
The popularity of the beaver hat declined in the early/mid-19th century
as silk hats became more fashionable


 Some of the steps in the manufacture of felt hats are
 illustrated in this image from 1858

After chronic exposure to the mercury vapours, hatters tended to develop
characteristic psychological traits, such as pathological shyness and marked
irritability (box). It included mental confusion, emotional disturbances, and muscular
weakness. Severe neurological damage and kidney damage can also occur: the symtoms
and signs were: red fingers, red toes, red cheeks, sweating, loss of hearing, bleeding
from the ears and mouth, loss of appendages such as teeth, hair, and nails,
lack of coordination, poor memory, shyness, insomnia,
 nervousness, tremors, and dizziness

'Mad Tea Party' by Charles Folkard

Although the expression 'mad as a hatter' was associated with the syndrome 
the origin of the phrase is uncertain. Lewis Carroll's iconic Mad Hatter character in 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland displays markedly eccentric behavior, which includes 
taking a bite out of a teacup, While Carroll would have been familiar with the phenomenon 
of dementia among hatters, it is thought that the literary character was directly 
inspired by Theophilus Carter (1824-1904), an eccentric furniture dealer 
who did not show signs of mercury poisoning

Theophilus Carter (1824-1904), ca. 1894
Photo by James Soame (1835-1905) of Gillman & Soame at Oxford

Costumes from 'The Mad Hatter's tea party', a scene from a theatre 
production of 'Alice In Wonderland'. London circa 1910
Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images, via


The Mad Hatter's Tea Party from 'Alice in Wonderland' with Rosa Hersee 
as Alice and Arthur Elliot as the Hatter at the Opera Comique Theatre in London. 
Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images. 1898, via

 'A Mad Tea Party' by Mabel Lucie Attwell

The gull tote

 Handmade tote created from a 1979 gull-print fabric,
lined with a soft cream-coloured cotton. It has durable genuine 
leather straps, and two pockets on the inside

Purchase the gull tote here:


'A Story for Bear'

 'A Story for Bear' 
by Dennis Haseley
illustrated by Jim Lamarche

When a young bear finds a scrap of an old letter, he is so curious 
about the mysterious marks that he searches out their source - a cabin in the woods. 
There he meets a young woman and is mesmerized by the sound of her voice. 
Though he cannot understand her words, he returns every day to hear 
the woman's stories of sailors, goddesses, and far-off lands.

Purchase it here: UK & US

'Boy Sleeping'

  by Józef Wilkón Sam Garton

by the British illustrator Sam Garton - 

Cover by Kevin Howdeshell

The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis

Kevin Howdeshell's website

Knit your own narrow crescent shawl

 An elegant scallop border graces this narrow crescent shawl shaped 
by short rows. The shawl is knit bottom-up with either worsted or aran weight yarn 
and can be worked with multiple shades of color for a fun layered effect. The multicolour 
shawl pictured used aran-weight yarn; the worsted version is shown in a single colour. 
This pattern is for the intermediate to advanced knitter.

Purchase the PDF PATTERN here:




By the hare-bell 's hazure sky,
(Like the hue of thy bright eye;)
That grows in woods, and groves so fair,
Where love I'd meet thee there
by John Clare (1793-1864)

   Ladybug pulling wagon with mice, and lower signed LM

'The Shower' by Rosa Warzilek (1911-94)

Mili Weber (1891-1978)

Molly Brett (1902-90)

Florence Mary Anderson (1874-1940):
 'The Secrets of the Flowers', 1900

 Leo Blech: 'Sing Sang fürs kleine Volk. Eine Sammlung
von Kinderliedern'. Berlin: Augustin, 1921

'The Story Without End', by Sarah Austin Frank Cheyne Papé (1878 -1972)

 'The Bluebell Fairy' by Margaret Tarrant

 Molly Brett (1902-90)
The Flower Ballet - purchase it here

Willy Schermele

Else Wenz-Viëtor, 1939