I learned this week in my millinery class that there is one word that is definitely not to be used there – ‘fascinator’ otherwise known by our tutor as ‘The F word’…. !!
The subject came up as we are all currently making small constructed hats – the exercise is being used to teach us basic skills like wiring a brim or edging with petersham ribbon, but in a way that takes less time than making a full size hat.
We held the wire in place with masking tape and used a version of buttonhole stitch with an extra twist round the needle to attach the wiring.
I’ve shaped mine into a tricorn brim, although it won’t strictly speaking be a tricorn as it will have the wrong sort of crown.
The wire needs to be shaped before the petersham is added to the edge so am just beginning to sew it on with a stab stitch hence all the pins. (I was packing up when I took this photo which is why the spare petersham is sitting in the middle.) I think it’s going to look cute. Much better than any old bit of feather, ribbon and wire, otherwise known as a fascinator!