Victorian & Edwardian
- Written by Lynn McMasters
Feathers have been used on hats for centuries not just for their intrinsic beauty, but when you add feathers to a hat they retain a flow and bounce that makes them look almost alive.
In this article I'm going to cover several things that you can do to turn feathers into hat ornaments: burning, dyeing, stripping, shaping and clipping. These can result in some really eye-popping effects, from multi-coloured plumes to reconstructing the whole wings that Edwardian women so loved!
Lynn, this is just SOOO inspiring!! I want to try it; I want to try it NOW except it's midnight and I have to go to work in the morning ... thanks so much for sharing. You make it seem wonderfully do-able, even though we all know that it's the distillation of hundreds or thousands of hours of experience which creates that illusion. Can't wait to make a hat ...