Country life · Craft

A feather headdress…

A few weeks ago we were invited to a joint 21st birthday party – the theme was black tie with a hint of the countryside.

Being enthusiastic I thought I could make an accessory of my own that paid homage to the countryside.

Although predictable I decided to make some form of headdress/fascinator – it seemed to be the easiest thing to do…

It took a bit of research and internet shopping for parts but eventually I ended up with all the elements I thought I would need.

Starting with a fascinator base (courtesy of the fabulous Parkin Fabrics) I began by adding a swatch of Harris Tweed to the base before arranging a fan of feathers and then securing them in place.

sewing on the tweed…
attaching the first feathers…
fascinator coming together…

Various other items were added – velvet ribbon and shotgun cartridge bases (lovingly hand-sawn from their plastic casings – previously used for shooting partridges last winter) – before the fascinator was complete.

shotgun cartridge details…

It was great to create something homemade for the event and also brilliant to see what other people had come up with as their fancy dress ideas.

the final headdress…
the final headdress…

Although it takes time to produce something by hand, it is satisfying to know you’ve made something yourself  which you will continue to use for years to come.

All I need to do know is find a millinery course…

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