Fascinator Tutorial

A good hair accessory is hard to find – especially one that’s hip and inexpensive. Thanks to the fabulous Corvus tristis blog, a very nice tutorial for creating fascinators has been shared.

For the uninitiated, fascinators are large-ish combs or barrettes that are worn to formal events. They’re not quite hats or headbands and are bigger than more hair clips.

Fascinators are very high on the trend list this year and you’ll see these at higher-end salons for $75 – $200+. You can make this for under $20, easy. Find feathers at craft stores and online. (eBay is a great source as are millinery supply shops.)

Go traditional with white feathers or outrageous with shocking pink. Tres chic, my darlings.

[spotted via craft magazine]

Inspired: Seating Chart

When coming up with nifty and unique ideas for wedding projects, I highly encourage you to look outside the wedding industry for inspiration. Visit designer blogs, pick up craft books and magazines, or head out to your local flea markets to search for those fresh and funky finds that’d be perfect for your wedding.

One of my favorite blogs (and I’ll be sharing many, many more with you) is the purl bee, the offcial journal of Purl and Purl Patchwork, a shop full o’ textile goodness in NYC.

A few days ago they posted a project that made my heart sing: Swatch Portraits. Using cheapy embroidery hoops and swatches of gorgeous fabrics, they created a series of wall hangings that’s bright, fun, and totally unique. While I’d love to create something like this for my home, my immediate thought was … weddings!

Wouldn’t this make the coolest seating chart ever? Imagine mounting different sizes of these hoops onto a big piece of poster board or a piece of MDF (plywood) that’s been painted or wallpapered. Print out table assignments onto coordinating cardstocks and pin them (or glue them with spray adhesive) onto the fabric swatches. Or how about using decorative papers instead of fabric?

For fabric swatches how about using your mother’s wedding gown? Vintage hankies? Old dresses and fabrics found at thrift stores? Or make your own custom fabrics with inkjet-printable fabric (found at office supply stores)!

How about embroidering the seating assignments onto the fabric itself? After the wedding you can take all the embroidered swatches and create a quilt or wall-hanging (or have them made for you).

Start looking at fabrics and craft projects with a different eyes and you’ll be surprised by how many things you’re inspired by!

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