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A fascinator for bridesmaids

I made fascinators for my bridesmaids, because the sort I wanted had sold out from the shop, and also because I realised I could incorporate the symbols that were whirling around my crazed Bridezillarish mind if I did it myself.

The fascinators were based around an ivory rooster feather hackle pad, decorated with a trimmed bleached peacock feather, and green brooches, sourced through hours of searching on ebay. The decorations were mounted on wire headbands, and backed with green felt.

The peacock feathers symbolised Juno, goddess of wives, and the green brooches picked up the colours of the wedding.

I was asked by a friend to make one for her, as she liked it. Success! Someone liked them enough to ask for one!

My friend has dark curly hair, and would like something understated, and doesn’t like silver.

I have an eggshell hackle which is softer than ivory but would still stand out sufficiently against her hair. I have covered buttons with fabric, rather than a brooch – which would be more understated. One is larger and the button is covered with silver grey satin and pale pink tulle, with a dusky pink fabric rose; the other is small brown satin with pale pink tulle.

I have two pairs of choices, whether to choose a peacock feather in its natural or in a bleached state, and which button to use. I will keep staring at it until inspiration strikes. I’n inclined to think the solution is a natural peacock feather, but with a larger brown button.