Thirty-one components used in artificial flowermaking by Miss Edith M. Barnett.

Miss Barnett was born in 1905 and lived at 558 Camberwell Road, Camberwell from around 1939. She was apprenticed as a milliner when she was about 16, first at Georgettes and later with Peggy Walsh. For many years Miss Barnett conducted her millinery business from her Camberwell home. She made headdresses for the National Ballet Company for many years, taught millinery at the YWCA and taught craft, especially millinery and the dressing of dolls, through the Country Women's Association (CWA). She also seems to have showed her work: in 1937 a Miss E. M. Barnett won first prize at the Royal Show for a lamp shade; in 1940 she received a Royal Show judges' award for two hand-made paper flowers in 'Art Crafts - Amateurs' section. In the 1930s and 1940s a Miss E.M. Barnett also won several prizes for cookery at the Show.

Physical Description

Thirty-one components used in artificial flowermaking by Miss E. M. Barnett. Components 1 to 16 are pearl petal-shapes on thin stiffened cotton stems. Components 17 to 23 are various green stiffened or coated leaves. Component 24 is a small stem of pearl beads tied together with cotton. Components 25 to 27 is a set of three wax flowers, wired together. Component 28 is a cloth cream flower. Components 29 to 30 are parts of two wax flowers. Component 31 is an unfinished wax flower spray consisting of three flowers on a clumsy stem.

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