There are a number of ways to put a fascinator together. You can just glue things together, stick a comb on the back and call it a day, or you can do a piece that encompasses the true art of millinery. I am no different than anyone else and there are times that I've gone the just stick it all together route, but since I am actually doing a tutorial, I thought we should take the time and make something special. For today's post, we will build the fascinator base.
In order to build the base, you will need some supplies. Millinery supplies aren't as easy to come by as they were at one time. When I first moved to Chicago, there were at least 3 suppliers, now there are none. Although, you can find a lot of the basic supplies at your local fabric store.
You will need;
1. buckrum, this is a heavily sized(basically glue) fabric used for making the frame.
2. millinery wire
3. crinoline, a plain weave fabric, lightly sized, used to cover the wire.
4. batting, I like wool batting, this is used to cover the frame and act as a buffer between the frame and the fabric that will cover the outside of the frame.
5. Needles and thread
To begin, I have cut a 4" circle of buckrum. Of course this can be any size you like. 4" will be large enough for the base that I would like to have.
It seems like this is a lot of work, but it really isn't. Once you start, I think you'll be surprised by how quickly it all comes together. This is a great project to do in front of the television.
I did find a few links for millinery supplies in case you are interested in ordering buckrum and wire.
This site has buckrum.
You can find millinery wire on this site.
Be sure to check out your local fabric store as you might be pleasantly surprised by what they have in stock. I hope :)