Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Argus Schmargus Bring on the Curls

I finally got the nerve to curl one of the Argus Feathers.  I experimented on the most chewed one.  I couldn't get the splits in the flues back together so instead I pinched the spine between my thumb nail and index finger on the under side until it gave way.  I did this pinching about every 1/8 inch.  I could have used my Palette Knife that I use to curl feathers but, I felt I had a little more control doing without the knife.  After all I have been known to ruin a good feather.

Heady Little Things

                  I don't know how to describe these. Not really.  The middle one is a Milliner friends find.
                      She suggested turning it into a 40's Turban.  I can see it draped in silk chiffon.

                      Any suggestions??


Take Two...... Black and Blue Pills

This is the Re-Deux of the Green Pills in Felt.. The Mannequin looks like she has Orphan Annie eyes..

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Green Pills And Some Rockin' Feathers

These have been on the block for a few months.        

            These Pills were blocked from parisisal cones.  One I dyed shibori, I did it with clamps and string.  Result "Just OK" The other is one I bought all ready dyed.   I'm using Bungee balls for blocking ties now. I found them at the hardware store.  Love hardware stores too.  They're so much easier to use.  I love'em. 

           Here's something else I love, More Crazy Feathers.  These really look prehistoric to me, all lizardy n' stuff.   They're from an Argus, the feathers say it all.. to me anyway.  They're around 28" or 71cm .  I'm in the process of getting the separations back together.  I'll post them again when I figure out what to do with them.  I don't think I can cut them..

Saturday, July 4, 2009


We made it to Downtown Los Angeles, not that it's that far since we live in the Hills of Hollywood. But I made it broken ankle and all. My Guy toted, coddled, and wheeled me the whole way. What a guy! Any Hoots we visited California Millinery . PS It's band of course I bought some "This's and That's" not much just enough it make me do something.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Just Hi! Flora, Fauna and a New Hair Did

Spring..... These Lil' 50's Clam Shell hats are from this nutty 2-4-1 block.

The Mannequins are bathing cap models so I made a couple of "Hair Dids" for them in black felt, just to doll them up a little. The did block was another impulse buy from eBay. My bad.

The fauna part is inspired by Dali and the ant hill of a city(?) Portland Oregon.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Red Cloche

Don't have much to say about this one. The block is more interesting on it's own?

Monday, January 19, 2009

Feather Picks .... Those Crazy Biots

These colors remind me of Bird of Paradise
Flowers. These two picks are my favs. I tried to make them uniform and alike but the feathers had their own take on that idea, so I went with the flow.

I didn't use any wire in this one, just glue and floral tape.

I steamed white Biots for 15 minutes to get them soft ,then took a small dropper and dripped the dyes onto the feathers, put the lid back on and steamed for another 10 minutes. I rinsed them and laid them out to dry on the newspaper..
After they dried I grouped them together, glued and wired then wrapped them with floral tape. I had a heap mess of fun making these.. I haven't decided what to put them on yet..