March 9, 2008

Organizing vintage veil samples

Filed under: Millinery material,millinery techniques and cheats — Cristina de Prada @ 1:09 pm

Little pieces of vintage veil that came with the lot

Years ago I bought on eBay a vintage veil lot. It was really exciting when I received a huge box filled to the rim with veils of all kinds and sorts.

Some are in very poor condition, but some are great. I have little bits of some, and a big bolt of others. With such an amount of veils it was difficult to have a clear idea of what I had in order to use it on my projects.

I had thought of cutting pieces and glueing them onto cardboard, but the veil is so fragile that I decided against it.

Samples of my vintage veils, cleverly organized.Then, the other day, I saw this Martha Stewart tip for using a business card organizer to keep the spare buttons, beads, thread, etc., that come with store bought clothes (and that tend to be missing when one needs them)…

Back to my veils, the minute I saw that on the Martha Stewart website I realized it would be great for making a sampler of all the veils that I have. I have temporarily labeled them with a white piece of paper that I’ve inserted along with the veil on the business card slot. There I have written a description of the veil, whether it’s wide or narrow, and how much I have.

Because I’ve taken the sample out of the end of the bolt (which is the part that is wrinkled and has been exposed to light), the sample often looks faded and wrinkly, but I prefer it that way, I refuse to cut out a square piece from the center, good part, of my veil stock.

Isn’t that great?!! I’m really happy with this solution, and it can be applied to so many other things!

Here are some more pictures (click to enlarge):

Samples of my veils, neatly organized. I already had these at home!


  1. What a fabulous idea. Ah hah, have several areas where this can be applied. Thanks so much for sharing. Oh, and how wonderful that you have a stash of veilings.

    Comment by Glorious Hats — March 9, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

  2. Great idea! I am sooo jealous of your veiling stash. I snag vintage veiling whenever I can. It think I shall do the same with my veiling, ribbon, and stamens. Sure would beat rummaging to find what I have.
    Have you come up with a great idea on how to store short pieces of vintage veiling? I have mine folded in acid free tissue paper, and slipped into large ziplocks, but I’m still convinced there must be a better way.

    Oh and guess who popped by my blog to respond to Kate and your comments about the pill box hat?
    Yup, the milliner who made the hat. I won’t type her name here (she obviously has a watch set up for her name) but I think you will enjoy reading what she had to say about the hat and her justification of the price. It did sell by the way…I consider that to be fabulous news…if everyone starts buying hats at that price I think we may have hopes of becoming rich through millinery!

    Comment by Jill — March 10, 2008 @ 1:23 am

  3. Wow, your organizational skills blow me away. I still like to jam stuff into drawers and hope I can find it later.

    Comment by Marie — March 10, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

  4. Oh Cristina…another commenter dropped by my post and complimented you on your creations, and trashed mine!
    Be sure to take a look. I am so amazed at this all!

    Comment by Jill — March 10, 2008 @ 9:47 pm

  5. Jill, I’m so sorry, my silly comment seems to have sparkled some very strong reactions!
    I believe that the anonymous commenter deserves no particular attention. Since we do not have much of a following in our blogs (we’re always the same bunch of friends, as if drinking tea together at the table and chatting) and we tend to speak honestly and not worry much about consequences (not that we should!).
    I read and loved your reply. It’s amazing how when that someone read your message, they found one single typo (where an “e” slipped in instead of an “i”) and zoned in on that!
    And do not think that that person had looked through either your blog nor mine, she(or he) is talking about the small pictures on our comments.
    Let’s move one and forget about this silliness! Fortunately we’re above it all!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — March 10, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

  6. Hey Christine,
    Not to hog your blog, but did you know another blog posted your ship and shore hat?

    You are famous! So much for wanna be now!

    Comment by Jill — March 11, 2008 @ 4:57 am

  7. Beautiful veiling and a great way to catalog them. Can’t wait to see what you do with them. K Q;-)

    Comment by Kate — March 12, 2008 @ 2:31 am

  8. Jill, I’m just fine being a wannabe!

    But if you want to have your socks blown off, check this link, it’s a blogger in Sweden who has posted a picture and linked to my blog (which I don’t really mind, but shouldn’t people first ask before picking a picture from my blog?… I think I would!).

    Is that crazy or what?!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — March 12, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

  9. How unthoughtful of me not to ask. I appolagize. Since I asume that you can’t read swedish, I just want to say that I only say nice things about your blog in mine. I am also interested in hatmaking, though I am a beginner, and I find your blog very inspirational.

    Comment by Ung Farbror — March 21, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

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