Author of The Chamomile, a Revolutionary War romantic suspense
A portrait by English painter Joseph Wright of an unidentified woman wearing a mopcap.
|Cora Munro, a character in The Last of the |
Mohicans, wears a mopcap under her straw hat.
To make a mopcap
You will need
- ½ yard material (cotton or linen)
- 36-inch length of ¼-inch ribbon
- crewel or large-eyed needle (safety pin will also work)
- rotary cutter with a wide skip blade - optional
- From heavy paper or cardboard, cut an 18-inch diameter circle (use a charger plate or dinner plate to create the circle).
- Draw a 15-inch circle inside that circle and cut it out of the center. This is now your pattern.
- Place the pattern on material and cut an 18-inch circle. With a pencil, draw the 15-inch circle onto the material.
- Along the pencil line, snip holes large enough for a ribbon to be threaded through them. (I used a rotary cutter with a wide skip blade. It’s like a pizza cutter for material, but fashioned so that when you roll it across the material, it makes dashed cuts.)
- Cut a 36-inch long piece of ¼-inch ribbon and thread it into a crewel needle (large eye needle). Thread the ribbon up and down through the holes in the material until 2 inches from the starting place. (If you don’t have a needle, attach a safety pin to the ribbon and use that to thread the ribbon through the holes.)
- Lightly gather the fabric along the ribbon, making sure that the ribbon tails are equal.
- Place cap on head, pull the ribbon until the mopcap fits snugly, and tie the ribbon into a bow.