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Ive always been very curious about tatting, i first heard of it when i was little from my grandfather, and was piqued because i couldn't imagine what kind of needle work could interest a man like him. The projects above are from the Anticraft and Totusmel. In case you want to be really crafty, or too lazy to seek out a proper craft store, here is a tutorial for a tatting shuttle as well.
Lately ive been obsessed with beaded pendants made from lots of tiny beads. They have a magical charm quality about them, it could also be because ive watched Rosemary's Baby too many times in the last few months >__< . Anyway the first two are free tutorials, from Anticraft and Lark Crafts, i had to search everywhere for a free beaded bead tutorial, Anticraft saved me again. The pearl one is just to victorian style classy, i would like to wear it with a nice one piece. The 3rd tutorial is available on etsy, a bit pricey for a pdf tutorial but her work is just too lovely. Unlike the Anticraft orb, her beads are hollow and form their shape as you go. When i have money to spare i would actually like to buy all her tutorials, this one (the disco ball) is my favorite but the others are just as pretty!
Now i did title this post as for the sewing deficient, but i think hand sewing is best for headgear, and they are small enough projects to not take a lifetime. Like every fall/winter, my fondness for lolita has come out again and i think in lolita the accessories can make the outfit. This section is more difficult a little looser, more like a collection of inspiration and techniques than step by step tutorial.
- Ophanim Gothique bonnets, really exquisite stuff by Caro of F*** Yeah Lolita. I would love to commision a piece from her, i especially love the blue one she made for Miss Lumpy.
- Some tutorials on regency bonnets, how to make a frame and covering it
- Another regency bonnet tutorial, this one using the brim of a straw visor. I like the shape of the brim, i think you could make the back tighter, cover up the straw and add more decoration to make a lovely lolita style bonnet.
- This one also uses a visor as a base, though i think this one probably has plastic or cardboard inside the fabric.
Switching gears to other kinds of headgear. I think part of the appeal of these is most of them use such tiny amounts of fabric, you could use leftovers from all your dress' and always have a coordinating hat.
- Oh La La Plume has fascinator eyecandy as well as tutorials for birdcage and bandeau veils
- This is one of the best budget fascinators ive seen, it has a cardboard base and you probably have enough scrap laying around to whip some up without making a store run.
- This could be handy, a veil with a headband base that you can build more decoration on.
- A cute easy pillbox hat video tutorial, something you could also make to use up scraps.
- Another pillbox hat tutorial, this one uses cross stitch plastic stuff to make it stiff