Join me at the What a Great Hat studio in Fairlawn, Ohio on Saturday, February 6, 2016 or Saturday, February 7, 2016 from 10 am – 2 pm and learn to make a fascinator that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion. You’ll learn how to make petals that cover a circular straw base, a feather bundle and gathered netting to create a whimsical and unique headpiece.
All materials and instruction are included in the fee of $85 per person. Preregistration and payment are required before attending. Basic sewing skills are helpful but not required.
If you would like to attend, please contact me at email@example.com or 330-592-2295. Preregistration and payment are required.
I’m often asked where my ideas and inspiration come from. Here’s a simple example. These pretty flowers are on my windowsill at home (I often keep flowers there). Thoughts and memories of nature are with me always.
Isn’t it interesting how this fascinator looks related to the flowers? This wasn’t something I did intentionally; in fact, the fascinator was made before the flowers even arrived. Interesting!
Wouldn’t this be pretty for a non-traditional bridal headpiece? Maybe I should add a birdcage veil….
Inspiration comes from seeing things and remembering them…not necessarily a precise memory of exacting details, but retaining the idea or spirit of a thing. Filing it away and rolling it around in your head until something emerges that captures the flavor without duplicating it. Here is a fascinator I recently made. I wanted to incorporate a stash of sheer vintage petals in an unusual way, so I swirled them like a child’s windmill. When it came time to add the feathers, they naturally fell into the spaces made by the swirls. My vintage hat blog on March 21 featured a hat with swirled feathers. And I recently saw some pieces by Christopher Kane, a designer who uses layers of sheer fabric to create a look that almost appears like pages in a book. Both things inspired me to create this piece.
Swirled petal fascinator by Paula Singleton
Christoper Kane design 2014 from London Fashion week
I recently came across this photo showing fashion from Australia’s Dubai Cup, sort of our version of the Kentucky Derby. Many of the women in the photos are wearing large fascinators. Now, I’m not one to bash a good hat. But fascinators certainly are having their moment in the sun. For more great Australian fashion, click here. And to see more of my fascinators, click here. Fabulous!
Creating one-of-a-kind hats means so many things to me…it is rewarding, joyful, satisfying. I often make a hat and then sell it before I have a chance to even take a photo of it. When hats go to a happy customer quickly I am grateful; although I wish I had been able to spend more time with the hat. I most definitely bond with the things I create. I suppose that’s because a part of me is in each and every one of them.
I recently created this hat for a contest. It’s for the Facebook group, Mad Hatters Society. It’s an interesting group with very knowledgeable collectors, milliners, and “everyday” people who simply love hats. Click on the link to join this open group.
Part of the challenge was to photograph the hat being worn in public. I wanted “my girl” to be going places. It’s so funny to me that “Always Be Careful” was printed on the steps of the train car at our location, since the wearer of this hat doesn’t seem to be the cautious type. I am very grateful to Marianne Barta, who modeled my hat and is a talented photographer herself…she owns Black Box Photography. Photography for this session is by Levi Welling. So happy to have the hat and the moment preserved in such lovely photos.
Those of you living in the Midwest understand the degree to which the cold and snow is on our last nerve. To counter, I have turned to spring. This little fascinator features vintage flowers and a wonderful pink dotted netting, also vintage. The base of the piece is covered with a pretty floral fabric and I added a feather just for fun. Such a happy piece. It’s a terrific look for any upcoming spring or summer event where you’d like to make a splash. Although it’s non-traditional for the Kentucky Derby, it would be the perfect solution for the woman who doesn’t like a big brim. You’ll definitely be noticed in this one! You can check it out further in my Etsy store.
One of the more interesting facets of hat making is what the Brits call “bespoke” millinery. Bespoke pieces often incorporate fabric or trim from a dress or coat to customize a hat to coordinate with a specific outfit (think Queen Elizabeth).
I recently created a mother-of-the-bride fascinator for a woman to wear to her daughter’s nuptials in England. Her dress was a pretty greenish-blue satin; the color was called “peacock.” Of course, peacock feathers were the perfect accent and colorway. This pretty piece features loops of millinery crin and ribbon over a dupioni silk base, and is topped with a handmade peacock feather embellishment. A vintage rhinestone button tops it off and adds a touch of sparkle. Lovely!