Friday, January 31, 2014

Collect, Sew & Give Handkerchiefs

      A handkerchief also called a handkercher or hanky, is a form of a kerchief, typically a hemmed square of thin fabric that can be carried in the pocket or purse, and which is intended for personal hygiene purposes such as wiping one's hands or face, or blowing one's nose. A handkerchief is also sometimes used as a purely decorative accessory in a suit pocket.
      The material of a handkerchief can be symbolic of the social-economic class of the user, not only because some materials are more expensive, but because some materials are more absorbent and practical for those who use a handkerchief for more than style.
          Handkerchiefs can be made of cotton, cotton-synthetic blend, synthetic fabric, silk, or linen.
Handkerchiefs were also used, especially by children, as an impromptu way to carry around small items when a bag or basket was unavailable. They could also serve as a substitute for a bandage over a small injury. In the United Kingdom, the habit of wearing a handkerchief with tied corners on one's head at the beach has become a seaside postcard stereotype, referenced by the Gumby characters in Monty Python's Flying Circus.
      King Richard II of England, who reigned from 1377 to 1399, is widely believed to have invented the cloth handkerchief, as surviving documents written by his courtiers describe his use of square pieces of cloth to wipe his nose. Certainly they were in existence by Shakespeare's time, and a handkerchief is an important plot device in his play Othello. Read more...

Valentine Handkerchiefs:
  1. Portuguese Valentine
  2. Collection 156: Valentine Hankies
  3. Valentine's Day: Handkerchief Heroes
  4. An Elegant Hankie Doll Ornament Can Display Your Vintage Handkerchief in Style
  5. A Sweet Remembrance
  6. Valentine Handkerchief Dresses
  7. Valentine hankies make sweet favors
Handkerchiefs for all occasions:
  1. A little Hanky Panky help
  2. Vintage Hankie Curtain in the Guest Bath
  3. Vintage Handkerchiefts & Scarves Upcycled and Repurposed
  4. Vintage Inspired Handkerchiefs!
  5. Display Kerchiefs in a Shop
  6. Hanky banner for a baby's nursery
  7. Wrap a hostess gift in a hanky
  8. Charms made from vintage handkerchiefs
  9. How to make your wedding invitations out of vantage handkerchiefs and here is another example at "the knot"
  10. pocket sewn from hankies
  11. Vintage Handkerchief Pillows
  12. Ideas for Handkerchiefs and also here at hanky crafts
  13. Vintage lace, roses and burlap
  14. Making And Crafts - Old Fashioned Photo Albums
  15. How to make a vintage hankie bunny
  16. Craft a ring pillow from an antique hanky for a summer wedding
  17. A handkerchief quilt at the fair
  18. Vintage Handkerchiefs
  19. Tutorial: floral hankie baby bonnet
  20. Keepsake hanky at Etsy
  21. A vintage hankie flower wreath
  22. Tutorial: Lace Trim Handkerchief
  23. Pansy Handkerchief Edging Pattern

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