What is a fascinator?

So, what is a fascinator?  Funnily enough, up until 12 months ago, I’d never heard of them either! 

A fascinator is a hair accessory, commonly worn by women, on the head or in the hair.  It can be anything from a small piece, to an elaborate creation, but is generally smaller than a hat.

Materials used include:

 – feathers – a common & favourite feature;

– sinamay – a woven texture that can be purchased flat or in rolls, originally made from the abaca tree (kind of looks like a banana tree), but also man-made;

-various fabrics – another favourite is netting;

-& flowers – silk or synthetic.

How did I come to be interested in them?

On a dare!!!!

I belong to the tribe of short-haired women, and tend to be one who is not so interested in the frou-frou that the ladies of the long-hair tribe enjoy.

I was having my weekly visit with a friend who owns the boutique – “No Rules” – in Lismore, and somehow the discussion came around to horse racing & the Lismore Cup.

I’d never even been to the races before, and didn’t have a clue about these fascinator-thingee’s.  So I set about educating myself.

They are good fun to make.  The sinamay can be sculpted into so many different shapes, and the assortment of feathers & flowers available is just amazing.  Talk about kid in a candy store.

This is one of my favourites….

I call it Extravagant.  Hand-stitched and sculpted sinamay with red rooster copque feathers.


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