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.
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.
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.