Fascinators: 25 Stylish Accessories to Top Off Your Look
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A fascinator is a chic little adornment, not quite a traditional hat but more than a headband, that suits any occasion and any time of day. Style mavens in England are credited with setting off an international fascination with fascinators; this smashing headwear now appears everywhere, donning the heads of celebrities and A-listers on the red carpet to today’s fashionable brides, who are tossing aside their traditional veils for fascinators bedazzled with crystals and feathers. This is the first craft book of its kind with how-tos for fascinators, floral crowns, tiaras, and more: 25 in all, plus variations on each project—there are even sweet projects suitable for little girls. Fascinators range from dressy professional to black-tie elegant.
feather to hide the stitches. Avoid sewing right at the base of the feather to keep the spine from splitting, and use a fine needle. 6. Take your sinamay strip and form a double figure-8 using about 26½ inches (67.5 cm). 7. With the remaining 3½ inches (9 cm), form a small loop over the center of the figure-8. Sew this in place with a few stitches through the centerpoint. 8. Position the sinamay shape over the point at which the feathers meet. This will finish off the fascinator beautifully
or for bridesmaids. You can make a smaller version for children. It can be varied using different sizes and colors of flowers to produce some very different looks. In the variation, I simply swapped the yellow daisies for some larger jade daisies. The Mia SWEETHEART MINIATURE ROSE FLORAL CROWN LEVEL Easy APPROXIMATE TIME TO MAKE 2 hours MATERIALS 40 faux miniature (1-inch/2.5 cm) sweetheart roses in three different shades of the same color (if your roses are larger or smaller, plan on
of the shorter length. 7. Next you need to make the final style of stem. For this style, cut a 10-inch (25.5 cm) length of silver wire. Take nine small pearl beads and nine seed beads. Thread on alternating pearl beads and seed beads, and then twist them into a loop. Now twist the wire three times to hold the loop in place. 8. Feed on a smaller crystal, twist the wire three times, then a larger pearl bead, then twist the wire to the end of the wire. Repeat steps 7 and 8 three times so that you
can put away the hot flower tools after this step. 10. The petals should now look like this. 11. Next make the center of your flower. The shape and size of the center will depend on the type of flower you are making. For our rose, we need to form a “bud” center. We can do this using cotton wool and a length of florist wire. Wrap your wire around the center of your piece of cotton wool. Fold the ends of the cotton wool over and wrap the wire around it again, bringing the ends of the wire
together and twisting them together, forming a stem. The resulting cotton wool ball should be about 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. 12. Take one of your smallest petals and place some multipurpose glue all over the inside of the petal and stick it onto the cotton wool ball. Repeat this with two more small petals, overlapping the petals so that you cover the cotton wool center completely. This forms the flower base. 13. Add the next three petals by putting glue near the base of the inside of the