Tuesday, 28 December 2010

How are my embroidered fascinators made?

 I have always loved embroidery, fabrics and textures and have dabbled in both things crafty! For my fascinators, I am using a range of techniques and putting them together to make beautiful head pieces, which can be made in your own fabric to colour match your outfit.
Below, I am showing you the process of making the fascinator.....going backwards!

Nearly finished... the flowers are hand stitched firmly in place... ready for embellishment to cover the wired flower stems.
Back of the fascinator... wire stems are hand stitched in place.... 
Detail of the embroidered petal with matching crystals....
Fascinator base is covered with silk piped fabric.....
Silk fabric is edged in matching silk piping cord...
Silk piped fabric and millinery net fascinator  base....
Individually embroidered petals.... this design of petals are created by decorative embroidery stitches, and then the edge is wired with self coloured jewelery wire....
Flower petals are embroidered, in this case, with black silk organza on water soluble fabric...
To see ready to buy fascinators... please see my Folksy Shop.
For details of making a fascinator to match your own outfit... please email me on heidi@extraspecialtouch.co.uk

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Wedding Fayre @ Albert Hall November 2010

A great day exhibiting with Lisa from Ambience Venue Styling we had a wonderful table display of making chair sash, embroidered personalised napkins, heart favours and stationery!
Check out our website for more infomation on napkins and stationery and click here to download instructions to make your own wedding heart favours.

Vintage style bespoke embroidered fascinators!

I have always loved vintage style clothing ( I studied Costume at Art College when I was younger) and free machine embroidery (I have done a City and Guilds), and for my wedding a couple of years ago, I designed and made my own tiara / fascinator (its a bit of both!) and fascinators for my Mum and Bridesmaids.
Over the last few weeks I have been working on some fascinators to sell through our website http://www.extraspecialtouch.co.uk/ so I thought I'd tell you about the embroidery process on my blog.

The flowers that decorate the fascinators are made with a mixture of computer designed embroidery (designed by me) and free machine embroidery on water soluble fabric, this gives the beautiful lacy effect around the edge.

Each petal is then wired and hand beaded and then grouped together to make the flower.

The based on the fascinators are made to traditional methods using Millinery Net and covered with fabric to match or compliment the flowers. The base is also hand beaded, before the flower and feathers are attached.

Each fascinator takes an incredible amount of time to hand embellish and this makes them completely unique and no two will be the same.
As I make the fascinators and flowers from scratch, I can make them in your own fabric. (please give me as much time as possible to source trims etc, at the very minimum four weeks).

If you are having your wedding dress made, I can make your flowers and cover your fascinator in your own fabric. Or Mum's of the Bride and Groom, the flowers can be made out of your outfits' fabric... so it will match completely!
The flowers can also be used as buttonholes for the men in your wedding party.

Prices start from £120 for fascinators and from £30 for buttonholes.

For more information, and to see fascinators available for purchase, check out my Folksy Shop

sorry, I couldn't get this photo to import the correct way round??
Large single flower in white velvet with beads and crystal trimmings.