Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Koi Fish Fascinator
It's not the type of work I would normally do. I'm a person who tends to plan out what I'm doing in advance. So taking on a project where you had to make up what you were doing on the fly was a bit of a challenge for me.
The basics of blocking straw is: you take the straw capeline and wet it with a watered down gelatin mixture. This will make it easy to sculpt and pin. Then you let it dry in that shape. The gelatin acts as a stiffener.
I don't have any pictures of this part of the process because I didn't want to get gelatin on my phone. Haha
The "head" of the fish is half the crown of the capeline.
Once it had dried overnight I carefully hand-stitched it to a plain black headband.
As an afterthought, I added little fins. These were made out of some of the excess material. They are hand stitched on.
Overall I think it was a neat exercise and a cool project, but I will probably never wear it.