June 7, 2008

Milliner

This doll's green silk halo is stiffed with crinoline. The back of the hat is the same fabric as the doll body. The green/black ruffle on the hat is hand-gathered ladder yarn. More pictures to come once I put her on a doll stand.

Have I written about my years as a millinery artisan? During the 80s I stitched made-to-order headpieces and veils for brides. During those days everyone I knew was getting married. My favorite headpiece was similar to this halo -- it was a sample and, sadly, no one ever ordered it. It was stiffened with buckram and edged with millinery wire to hold its shape. I covered it with white silk and edged it with white marabou feathers.

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