Hello, I have been looking for days on instructions for sewing Secession Cockades or Rosettes, as used by the Minute Men of 1860, and 90% of the people in the Seceding States South.
I have lots of pictures. What I need is how! I have gleaned from research that just sewing a ribbon in a wavy circle is not the pleated and ruffled cockade of the 1860's. That a piece of netting or material was used for the base, and the ribbon sewn on, needle in place, and pressed to give that flat wheel shape we see in pictures and photos. I was also told by an adept and knowledgeable seamstress that making the correct style cockade was not easy and took some time.--
I did a search on Google books and have some instructions, but it appears from the times of the 1850's and 60's, that everyone knew how to sew rosettes and to ask the question then, you would get a," why everyone knows how to do that" look!. Dont know if Godeys has this type of information.
We want to make up a bunch of authentic State and Military cockades for our HARD TIMES SOUHTERN BALL, coming up in 2010. Proceeds go to helping our soldiers overseas. Our group the WEST SIDE SOLDIERS AID SOCIETY OF MILWAUKEE has sent out over 400 boxes of food, school supplies, and other needs to Iraq and Afghanistan.