I bet you’ll like this one.
I made fascinators yesterday.
They seem, thusfar, to be the main talking point of the blog. This is totally understandable seeing as they’re the only tutorial I have up (once again, thusfar- there’s much more to come).
I made a neat little boquet, and shall begin the lovely process of showing off my hours of fiddling with the following:
This is the first one I’ve used actual lace on as verses tulle. It takes a bit more thought to attach because it doesn’t hold its shape quite like the stiff netting, but I find that, even with the difficulty, I’m a fan of the resulting look. Lace ends up having a lot more body than tulle, and a lot more movement. The lace in this piece (which I may end up calling Aresnic and Old Lace- overkill?) is a dove grey that wonderfully compliments the muted magenta of the rose. There’s a stack of white hackle feathers in there too, which were a royal pain in the ass to find.
You see, I wanted strung hackle, which is a bunch of feathers with the bottoms stitched together. This stitching makes them much, much easier to handle and glue on- without it, things get very, very messy what with the glue on your fingers getting onto the wrong part of the feathers and blah blah ugh. Unfortunately, everywhere I went, on the strung hackle rack I found only lowly, hatefully loose hackle- not a stitch in site. I mean, it’s well enough if they’re out- but for every package at every store in town (all from the same company, I might add) to be defective? Someone at the feather company screwed up, methinks.
To think, there’s someone whose whole career dwells within the walls of a feather company. Do things like that ever strike you as odd? “Hi, my name is Doe, and I work in feathers/pencils/dice/other random objects of human manufacture.”
I finally decided to return to the place with the biggest stock and dig through it and lo and behold, found two bags of actual, honest-to-gods strung hackle hiding in the dark forgotten depths of the rack. What, did the machine run out of thread?
The other pack went into this piece:
It might be easier to see it on a contrasting surface. I really rather like this one: it’s visually very simple compared to my usual fluff and glamour, and very cheerful. It’s my second favorite of the batch. The following is my first:
The first picture in this post is truer to color, but this one still shows off the construction nicely. It’s got netting, it’s got flowers, it’s got a feather plate and big whiskery black biots, it’s got beads. Pretty, but nameless. It says feather-and-glitz showgirl to me, and the name will probably come from that. I finally titled this piece Maryella on the Trapeze, and I like the sound of such a title. Maybe the above fascinator is “Someone-or-other on the High Wire”?
Something’s missing on this one, but I don’t know what, so I’ve set it aside for the time being. I like the colors and the basic layout, but it needs more to make a cohesive piece. Ideas?
I figured while I was at it with the camera, I should shoot All Hallows, from the tutorial, as well. Here she is:
It’s almost unfair: all the pretty is in the pieces that go into the fascinators -the flowers, the feathers- and I just mash them all together. Or am I selling myself short ? If it were that easy, wouldn’t I be happy with poor little “unfinished” up there? I like to think I manage to inject a little of my style, of me, into these things.
Hee. Crafter’s ego.
And finally, as a preview for a future post, I’ve got something sitting around that matches All Hallows quite nicely, though I didn’t make it.
But, like I said, that’s a future post. So. Has anyone else been making and/or buying fascinators lately?