From the first time that man (or more likely woman) stumbled out of the cave, draped a bearskin over their shoulders, and realised that not only were they much warmer now but ooh, in fact, they looked pretty nice too, we have been using bits of animals to warm and to decorate ourselves.
Less so in recent years, with cruelty issues surrounding it all. (Apart from here in russia where about 65% of women, young and old, have a fur coat_)
Feathers seem somehow a bit more humane, as our winged friends don't have to die to relinquish their raiments...
Feathers are so delicate and yet so luxurious, even in cheapo primark shoes, i feel awesome with such a confection as this on my head...
and you have the trend justification too:
be it the famous pheasant clip that was in Brick
or the prada feathers
or the million designers that showed feathers for this autumn
anyway I found a bunch in my sewing box in glasgow and i just love the way they move when you blow on them or even when youre standing still..
a thin plastic hairband, a couple of big feathers and some smaller ones, needle and thread and in fact also i used sellotape too.
So Basically you place one of the big feathers along one side of the hairband. stick the thread through the base of it and wind around the hairband, going between the fronds.
I also affixed the feather with tape at the bottom, to hold it tight. This won't be seen anyway because of the ear.
Wind the thread around about 2/3 of it - not the whole way.. you want some nice movement at the top so leave some feather free. The thread and tape will hold it tight at the bottom.
After that, place the second large feather on top of the first. I cut a little off the bottom of mine to give some nice layering.
Tape it on to the bottom as well, and stick the thread through the base of both feathers, then wind the thread around both the feathers and the hairband, again being careful of the fronds.
Then you put on the smaller feathers. Put the first one slightly further up than the bottom of the hairband. thread the thread through the base of the feather, and through the two feathers on the band. you don't need sellotape here cause it's so light. wind the thread around the thing, not too many times, so as not to squash it...
Add one more feather, lower down, so that there's a nice layering thing going on. At the end, you can put a little more sellotape around the bottom just to fix it all.
and there you have it!
photos: style.com, foto_decadent