The liquorice all sorts are coming along nicely, had a lot of fun doing these! I'm going to glue the little plain blue and pink and roll them through some seed beads to give them the sprinkled look - I think it's going to get messy!
|All sorts: Cotton balls, hand moulded and painted|
|Time flies: Silk dupion on canvas foundation with hand sewn layered sequin ring and wing|
I haven't made a velvet hat before, but one of my fellow Rose-addicts and I have decided to swap the skills we've learned already to accelerate our learnings. She described how to cover a canvas foundation with gathered velvet - it's worked (woop!) but I think I've over handled the velvet as the sheen could be glossier. I'm actually surprised there's any velvet left on the hat, given the amount that seemed to be in my eyes, up my nose and in my mouth!! Still, as a first attempt it's definitely wearable - I'm going to crown the gathering with a plume of natural guinea fowl feathers, the contrast against the velvet is gorgeous!
|Good enough to eat?: Grape silk velvet gathered onto canvas foundation|
I picked up some really interesting loose weave woollen fabric from the offcuts box at Macculloch & Wallis - as with most of their stuff, I paid more than I'd have liked, but it's great quality and I knew it would lend itself well to a hat. I also realised this week that I should probably be making a Spring / Summer collection rather than winter warmers (whoops!) so I rustled up some irises (I'm getting good at making up flowers now!) to nod happily on top.
|Iris: Woven wool button with painted silk dupion irises|
There's a festive frenzy at Handmade Harbour this week - pop over and get inspired! Top tips this week are Knitrun4sanity's knitted wire bracelets (loving the larger beads!); Woolly Tale's absolutely adorable (and very lucky!) needle felted mouse; Picto's fairy doors (what a lovely idea!); and Blue Forest Jewellery's bubble rings. See you next week kids!