You might remember the red tricorn mini-hat I made a while back. This fascinator uses the same red silk and black spiderweb lace (actually some of the scraps left over from that hat!) but is distinctly different (and was a LOT faster to make!).
This fascinator started with just a simple circle of buckram, sliced to make a gentle cone. I trimmed the buckram with wire with hand stitches (like many of the other hand-made hats I’ve made recently. Check the Millinery tag for a few more photos and instructions.) and then covered the outside with red silk, and the inside with grey wool felt (yardage this time, not part of a felt hood). Both the silk and wool were seamed to get the shape of the gentle cone.
From there I covered the red silk with the black spiderweb lace. Since lace has a slight stretch, I didn’t need to seam it to get the shape. From there I bound the edge with black grosgrain ribbon.
At this stage the fascinator was mostly done – I only needed to hand-stitch two loops of elastic into the edge and slide in a hair comb to be able to wear the fascinator. I then added a ‘poof’ of hat veil material (it’s a net with a much bigger hole than tulle and a heavy-thread edge) and a tiny plastic Halloween spider. The spider is kind of goofy actually – if I ever run across a silver and red enamale spider broach or something like that, I’ll likely swap it out – though this fascinator likely isn’t something I’d wear for ‘every day’ but rather for costume or for… well… Halloween!