Hair work was a popular pastime for ladies in the Victorian era.
Hair was collected from family and/or friends to be woven into wreaths, bouquets, and jewelry.
Contrary to popular belief not all hair work is for mourning, it was also used as love tokens.
Most hair wreaths were placed in shadow box frames while other hair work was displayed beneath glass domes.
The hair work of American women slowed during the civil war being that creative time in the parlor was replaced by the work duties usually performed by men who were now off fighting in the war.
Some women embellished hair work with beads.
For mourning pieces a photo of the deceased might be included.
This book is a reprint of the original which provided hair work patterns.
Hair work jewelry will be discussed in future posts!
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