Not experiencing or sharing my finest moments lately. So many emotional outbursts from uncontrollable sobbing to desperate verbal showers...usually at moments when I’d rather be cool calm collected competent professional.
Feeling ANGRY is so foreign.
There is nothing comfortable about it.
I like my creative positive me better.
Time to revive myself and get my sparkle back.
Serious nurturing required, no quick fixes, simple effort action motivation mindfulness and posterior shove. Time to enjoy spring flowers and make more lists!
To make a wire headband you will need some tie wire. This comes in different gauges which are practical for all kinds of projects, however for this 25mm (from memory)should be fine, as long as it holds its shape, but not so thick that you can't work it by hand.
If you have a headband, you can use it to help determine the length and shape. Work with the curve of the wire, using pliers to slightly bend the ends. Evenly place a couple of horizontal pieces, leaving plenty of overlap at the join for stability.
Once you have shaped the wire band, wrap it all with para film, also known as florist’s tape. It comes in different colours and has a stretchy, slightly sticky feel. Begin in the middle of the join, stretch, holding tape slightly diagonal and wrap one way, overlapping a little as you go, securing the joins and covering the wire.
The next step is more covering, this time with tulle or fabric. Tulle is a soft stretchy netting fabric that comes in many colours, so choose what works best for your design, depending on how visible you'd like it to be. Cut strips of about 2-3cm wide, (on the bias if you are using fabric), and wrap the band completely as before, slightly overlapping. Use 450 glue to secure or a few stitches will work too.
Try your band on and test to make sure the shape is good, that it sits well and is comfortable. Make any adjustments.
Now is time to position and sew the crinoline into place. This is a stiffish, stretchy mesh which, once sewn into place, completes the band and allows the headpiece to be firmly attached on the head with bobby pins. It also provides a good base onto which the embellishments are added.
There are lots of inspiring and instructional tutorials online and why not come along to the workshop at Embassy Arts on the 14th September for some practical help.
So, you have decided to enter the HEADonistic 2019 hat making competition, yay! What next? Need a boost?
It’s kind of similar to baking a cake. You need a recipe...or in our case, a plan.
I use mind maps all the time to help me with the why, the how-to and perspective. I don’t always know exactly what I’m making until I start. If you do have an idea, make a simple sketch and list the materials you think you’ll need.
The base is important because you want your headpiece to sit comfortably on your head without slipping or falling off. Sometimes the design will dictate what type of base you need. There is plenty of choice from an existing headband or hair clip, a hair comb, hat elastic, you can make a wire head band or use a fabric base like felt. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Why not use an old op shop hat or fascinator as a base. (Op shops are a great place to find interesting bits and pieces!).
This one was inspired by the strip of black and white plastic netting that a friend picked up off the street. I sewed some textured yarn onto it and scrunched it up to get the shape I liked, then I hand sewed it into place. The fake flowers were attached with wire and the metal flower is an old brooch that pinned on easily.
As you can see, the underneath still needs a base. For this one I will probably use some firm felt in a circle, oval or teardrop shape with a comb, crin or hat elastic to keep it in place.
Whatever you decide, just go with it. As much as possible, use materials you have already. If your plan changes, that’s ok, the starting point is what counts. Focus on creating without getting too caught up with the technical stuff. Help will be available at the workshop if you get stuck. Feel free to ask questions or leave a message. Contact me or Embassy Arts via Instagram or Facebook.
In the meantime, enjoy making some magic and stay posted for the next hat tip.
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.