I took five white stones in an assortment of opaque, clear, and milky and attached them to a strong backing with my favorite peyote stitch, then decorated the rest of the fabric. The backing is faux suede. It closes with pearls and beaded loops. I like it!
This fascinator became so fancy that it looked like it was going to become a full showgirl headpiece. Well it didn’t, but the name “Demi Showgirl” seemed apt.
I made the base a feather like shape and fully beaded it, adding my favorites, coloured stones, which are attached with the decreasing peyote stitch, which is my fave stitch right now. The base is wired so it can shape to any head.
I dyed the feathers to match the turquoise. That was fun and I am looking forward to more feather dyeing in my future!
With a few chunky pearls and a bit of fringe, I think I have started a new style of fascinator that I will develop more.
This came about by me doing some free form beaded netting. I decided whatever it was I wanted to do wasn’t going to work so I put it aside. Later I picked it up and said “That’s why I didn’t like it – it’s too 3D”. It was like a little snood.
Well, I like snoods a lot, so how could I not like this? It just wasn’t in the right place at the right time. So I put it in the right place.
The most 3D things I work with are large glass stones. They are simple and pretty when used correctly. Three of them fit perfectly into my netted trap!
I made a backing and attached the stones, then fitted the netting over top.
The backing was posing a bit of a problem, as it didn’t seem that fabric to cover it would work with the solidity of the front. So I wove beaded patches and stitched them together, then sewed them onto the back. They needed to be patches because the odd shape of the piece made it impossible to do a matching piece all in one.
It’s heavy but worth the weight… 😉