September 25, 2020
S01E12: The Victorian Language of Flowers (Floriography), Victorian Botanical Scrapbooks (Herbariums), and Seaweed Hunters.
This week, we learned that you can, in fact, send death threats to your enemies by way of harmless-looking flower bouquets. (Who knew?! Well, apparently the Victorians.) Then we meandered through the colorful world of botanical scrapbooking, which, for upper class Victorian women, turned out to be an unexpected pathway to independent adventures and a subtle way for them to be exposed to science at a time when they would otherwise be completely barred from that knowledge.
We also learned that seaweed collecting was an actual Thing. Because, apparently, it was. And one should always wear men’s boots while doing it.
Show notes: https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2020/09/25/season-1-episode-12/
September 11, 2020
S01E11: Wartime Crafting: Girl Guide Spies and Knitting in Codes
You've probably heard of the Girl Guides (and Girl Scouts), but did you know that they were properly badass in WWI and WWII? And, if knitting patterns have ever looked kind of like a secret code to you? Well, there might be a good reason for that!
Show notes: https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2020/09/11/season-1-episode-11/
August 28, 2020
S01E10: Witch Bottles and Tomb Curses.
Can we please all just agree not to open the tomb, drink the mystery liquid, or make glass bottles filled with nails and pins to explode in fires?
2020 doesn't need any excuses to get weirder or more terrifying, okay?
Show notes here: https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2020/08/28/season-1-episode-10/
August 14, 2020
S01E09: The History of Grimoires and How to Make One.
Join us today in the restricted area of the Curiosity Shop, where a squeaky old library cart holds grimoires aplenty!
Please note that the Curiosity Shop adheres to a strict no demon summoning policy to all browsers without proper credentials.
Show notes: https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2020/08/14/season-1-episode-9/
June 19, 2020
S01E05: Frozen Charlotte Dolls and Victorian Mourning Dolls.
You know what situation both Haley and Natali will nope right on out of? Creepy dolls. Whether they’re ceramics inspired by a morbid cautionary tale or literal wax copies of Victorian children who passed too soon, there’s just something about these dolls--or any doll, really--that’s always just a tiny bit unsettling. So, come along with us in season 1, episode 5 of the Bones & Bobbins Podcast as we open one of our more securely locked cabinets in the Curiosity Shop and explore the sad origins and clever finishing techniques of Frozen Charlotte dolls, plus the many, many dolls and effigies made by mourning Victorians and modern makers.
Show notes: https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2020/06/19/season-1-episode-5/
June 5, 2020
S01E04: Victorian Chatelaines and the History of Pockets in Women’s Clothing.
In season 1, episode 04 of the Bones & Bobbins podcast, Natali explores the somewhat sinister and extremely infuriating history of pockets in women's garments, then Haley swoops in with the Victorian chatelaine, which, honestly, might be even better than having actual pockets. Of course, our listeners will be relieved to know that enterprising women had no trouble finding ways to harbor weapons in both.
Show notes: https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2020/06/05/season-1-episode-4/
May 22, 2020
S01E03: Death Masks, the Unknown Woman of the Seine, and the Paris Catacombs.
Throughout history, death has always been the topic of SO MUCH art. But, in this episode, that art actually IS death itself. Settle in while Haley and Natali discuss the art and craft of death masks (complete with a tangent on rockstar naughty bits), and the never-ending endeavor of turning centuries of bones into architecture in the Paris Catacombs.
Show notes: https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2020/05/22/season-1-episode-3/