Sharing What I Love


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My name is Fran Quirk and I love learning about the needlework, crafts and recipes of the Victorian age.  As a child I longed to wear a long dress, petticoat, and take part in all the household tasks Laura Ingalls Wilder described in her “Little House” books.

I was lucky enough to have a mother who learned all kinds of needlework techniques from her grandmother and she had the patience to teach them to me.  In my adult years, I discovered more Victorian techniques like silk ribbon embroidery, fashioning flowers from ribbons, and cooking with flowers like roses and violets.

My love of history led to volunteer stints at Living History Farms in Des Moines, Iowa; Petaluma (CA) Historic District Walking Tours; and Zimmerman House in Fairview, OR.  Each of these locations gave me the chance to don period costume and live out that childhood fantasy of wearing a long dress and petticoat!

I’ve designed for the now defunct “Lady’s Gallery” and also the Meredith Corp. publication “Victorian Hearts and Flowers”.

I moved back to Iowa after I became a widow to be closer to my family.  Now that I’m retired, I’ve decided to go back to my avocation…writing, designing, and educating others about the needlework and crafts of Victorian Ladies.

Please bear with me as I learn how to blog and get back into the swing of sharing my creations.  I’m looking for new friends that love Victoriana as I do!