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The Bones and Bobbins Podcast

The Bones and Bobbins Podcast

Author: Haley Pierson-Cox and Natali Heuss

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In the Venn diagram of crafting, true crime, and morbid curiosity, you’ll find Bones & Bobbins digging through dusty old boxes in a curiosity shop parked right at the center.
18 Episodes
S01E16: Tarot History, Tarot Cards, and Pamela Colman Smith: Shuffle the deck and determine your fate! Unless, of course, you’re a woman called Pixie in the 1900s. If you are, then I’m very sorry. Your fate is probably to illustrate the most recognizable deck of tarot cards around, and then get exactly zero credit for it for the next century or so. Show notes: 
S01E15: Talking boards, spirit boards, Ouija boards: so many names, and so many ways to contact the beyond and/or open up a demon portal to hell. (Or, so says pop culture.) Believe what you want and do what you will--even make one for yourself, if you feel so inclined--but never EVER forget to say goodbye before you turn out the lights.Show notes:
S01E14.5: Down to its name, the 1893 World’s Fair: The Columbian Exhibition was as problematic as it was dazzling. So, once again, we’d like to set some ground rules: 1. Actual human beings should never, ever be used as amusing exhibits, 2. the world extends farther than the US and Europe, 3. you really shouldn’t assassinate the mayor, and 4. if you think that labeling an exhibit with a slur is a good idea, you’re an asshole. Wine fountains, however, are always welcome, as are desserts. Additionally, we can also confirm that modern-day Brooklyn folks would have fit in quite nicely in the parts of the Agricultural Building devoted to brewing beer, keeping bees, processing fancy wool, and running a small dairy.Show notes:
S01E14: The life of serial killer H. H. Holmes (Herman Webster Mudgett) and the creation of His Murder Castle. (Part 1 in a 4-part Halloween series, including 2 main episodes and 2 episodes for our supporters on Patreon!) H. Holmes is a legendary serial killer with a bad habit of amassing extra wives, and a reputation for luring young women into his deadly hotel during the leadup to the 1893 World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition (also known as the Chicago World’s Fair). Except, was the Murder Castle even a hotel at all? And was there actually a dissection room and crematorium in the basement? And just what, exactly, was really going on on that second floor? Show notes: 
S01E13: Samhain and Halloween history, witchcraft crafts (corn dollies/corn mothers, witch bells, and candles), and creating your own witchcraft altar. As we descend into this year’s Spooky Season, we would just like to say that things maybe wouldn’t have been so messy with this Samhain/Halloween stuff if Constantine had properly hydrated. But, nobody asked us. So, instead, we’ll take you on a trip through some abridged pagan history, Haley will walk you through the sparkly treasures atop her witchcraft altar (and tell you how to set up your own), and Natali will bring in the bells, harvest husks, and candles to meet all of your witchcraft crafting needs! Show notes:
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:
11 - Knit One, Spy Two

11 - Knit One, Spy Two


S01E11: Wartime Crafting: Girl Guide Spies and Knitting in CodesYou'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:
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:
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:
08 - If It Moves, Run!

08 - If It Moves, Run!


S01E08: Mannequins, Automatons, and a Trip into Hell’s Own Uncanny Valley.Did that automaton just move? And how long has that mannequin been standing behind me? Hello? Is anybody here?Show notes:
S01E07: Historical, Medical, and Modern Corsets.In this episode, Haley and Natali discuss sexy potential death traps and boobs. So very many boobs.Show notes:
06 - And That’s an Unwrap

06 - And That’s an Unwrap


S01E06: Making Mummies, Mummy Unwrapping Parties, and Mummy Brown Paint.In this episode, Haley and Natali cuss out Victorian colonizers while unwrapping the oddly endearing mysteries of mummification. As one does.Show notes:
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:
04 - It Has Pockets!

04 - It Has Pockets!


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:
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:
02 - Deadly Colors

02 - Deadly Colors


S01E02: Scheele’s Green (Arsenic Green), Cadmium Red, and the Radium Girls.In this episode, Haley and Natali talk colors that can kill and explore the popularity and grim fate of the glamorous, literally luminous Radium Girls.Show notes:
S01E01: Mother of Forensic Science Frances Glessner Lee’s Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death and Miyu Kojima’s Miniature Replicas of Lonely Deaths.In this very first official episode of the Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Haley and Natali discuss Miyu Kojima and Frances Glessner Lee--two women, worlds and decades apart, who combined craft and death in their own amazing way. One would process death and create an act of public service for the living, the other would birth Forensic Science as we know it today.Show notes:
The Bones & Bobbins Podcast launches on May 22, 2020!The first 3 episodes will go live on launch day, so subscribe now for more crafts-meets-true crime-meets-morbid curiosity creepiness from Haley and Natali!
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