Having participated in living history reenactments since 1976, it occurred to me in 2009, there was a void in the availability of historically accurate, hand sewn caps for women and men. Having never expressed an interest in sewing, it was a surprise when I approached my talented seamstress mother and said to her, "I want to learn to sew and I want to make caps." Her initial shock wore off and she realized I wasn't an imposter for her daughter. It was then that Flying Heart Millinery was launched in January 2010. Another talented reenactor mentored me in the art of stitching a rolled hem which is a skill unto itself! Over ten years later, Flying Heart Millinery has established itself as an authority on the hand-stitching and hand-finishing of women's and men's caps and other small accessories - from the F&I period of history through Jane Austen's Regency years. I have passed on the skill of stitching a fine rolled hem, a felled seam, and other hand sewing techniques through seminars at events I attend. You can find Flying Heart Millinery at indoor and outdoor events throughout the year.
A typical event year includes:
January - American Heritage Living History Show, St. Charles, IL
March - Kalamazoo Living History Show, Kalamazoo, MI
April - 18th Century Market Fair, Fort Frederick, Big Pool, MD
May - Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous, Vincennes, IN
July - Annual Jane Austen Festival, Louisville, KY
September - Fair at New Boston, Springfield, OH
September - Fall Frolic, Lincoln Log Cabin State Park (demonstration)
October - Jane Austen AGM - subject to acceptance
Consultation and custom work is available.