This is my first bonnet for the Roses from the Heart project being undertaken by Christina Henri in Tasmania. Christinia is organising an exhibition of 25,266 bonnets to represent every convict woman who came to Australia’s shores. If you would like to make one or more to help you can contact her by visiting the Female factory website, or search for Roses from the heart.
As my family unfortunately doesn’t have a female convict of our own I was given Eleanor Clark, who came from Ireland in 1799. She was apparently an Irish Rebel. Eleanor was aged 36, and one has to wonder who this woman had to leave behind? It makes me very sad to think on it. But, I am very proud to have made her bonnet, and to see that she is remembered. The pattern is available from the website. It has to made from cream fabric but can be embellished as you wish.
The picture I have embroidered on mine, is one I have drawn myself for a quilt I am going to make commemorating the hard lives and struggle of our colonial women.