Fascinating!

 (Found Here)

Springtime in Australia brings out “fascinators”: delicate, flowered and feathered headpieces designed to be worn at the races.  Aussie ladies love their libations, so a headband generally secures these creations to the ladies’ head, whatever may come.  That’s why Lincraft had such a wonderful selection of feathers the other day.

(I wore one rather like this all day.  Found here.)

The gorgeous ladies at work have celebrated springtime by wearing fascinators all week.  I borrowed one today for a lark and discovered something:  they are fa-bu-lous- instant glam.  I had an extra skip in my step all day from a silly bit of feathers in my hair.

I came home determined to make one of my own.  Initially, I wanted to craft a tiny top hat and garnish liberally with whatever frippery flowed from my fingertips.

But no, the frippery would overwhelm the little hat (which must appear here at some point, it’s too delightful not to be properly finished).  I must have a simple flowered fascinator.  Maybe I’m going native.

 (Fabric flower overload.  Found here.)

I read that character is how you act when no one is looking.  My husband and little girl went down to his family farm for the weekend; I have classes booked solid all weekend so I had to stay home.  Alone.

Unfortunately, I am without a proper camera so words must suffice: sea green brocade, sheets of Vliesofix, my ironing board-cum-cutting table in the middle of the living room and a floor littered with feathers, faux-freshwater pearsl and silken scraps left over from trimming golden blossoms.  I have a half full glass of wine within arm’s reach at all times.  Apparently, my true character drinks alone and crafts delightfully ridiculous creations from scraps of silk, all while steadfastly refusing to clean up after myself.  I ate dinner over the sink.

I might turn this into a class.  What fun.

I grew up with Black Eyed Susans bursting into boom around September, massive clumps of them everywhere.  My little flowers (an extra from the coat pattern) inadvertently turned out as silken Black Eyed Susans.

I sandwiched Vliesofix between two layers of taffeta and pressed.  It seals the edges.  Cut out several little flower shapes, thread a bead over the wire, twist and viola.  A blossom.

I played with it a while before settling on this arrangement.  Note the pale green satin leaves.  I might add more.  I’m put out I can’t get a good picture of it; it’s hard to see my victory roll in these photos. 

I might add some stripped coques:

Oui?  Non?  I can’t decide.  At any rate, I had a whimsical Saturday night.


7 comments

  1. I love that last picture, regardless of the quality. You look so classy and happy!The first time I heard about this crazy flowery/feathery hat thing the ladies in Australia like to wear sometimes was on Project Runway Australia, and I thought it so strange. But I'm charmed by the idea and I wish it was done here. Heck, I wish I knew how to do anything with my hair beyond brush it so I could maybe try to pull a small flowery headpiece myself. :) I love yours, with the pretty flowers and is that a feather sticking up in the back in that last picture? I can't wait to see a better picture of it!

  2. heh heh heh. happy = kind of drunk. It's really, really easy to do. I can't stress how simple the things is to put together. Buy a headband (I opted for a wire metal one, I could reshape it so it doesn't squeeze my head and give me a brain-ache) and sew/wire some flowers to it. Very easy. I kind of want to wear fabric flowers in my hair every day now…

  3. You are definitely going native – glass of wine in reach, feathers on your head during Spring, very occker. Is it such a bad thing? You sound as if you are enjoying yourself.

  4. What fun! I love anything worn on the head. I wish hate would come back into style. Big hats. Little cocktail hats. And I love black-eyed susans! Your little accessory is wonderful, and it WOULD make a good class!

  5. So beautiful !Ces serre-têtes, bibis et pinces à cheveux sont superbes. J'aime beaucoup la première, avec les plumes du paon, sublime…Tatieva, painter vintage


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