Monday, October 22, 2012

Preparing for Houston - Facinators

Three of us wild and crazy gals will be going to Houston for the International Quilt Show.  We have tickets for the Quiltapoloza party.  This year's theme is "fascinators".  We got together last week and designed - and I say that with tongue in cheek - what we will be wearing.

According to Wickapedia - 
A fascinator is a headpiece, a style of millinery. The word originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl and made from wool or lace, but mostly feathers. In the modern usage, it refers to a woman's alternative to hat for formal attire; it is usually a large hair decoration on a band or clip with elaborate trimmings and decoration like a formal hat and it can incorporate a base to make it a miniature hat.

Today, a fascinator may be worn instead of a hat on occasions where hats were traditionally worn—such as weddings—or as an evening accessory, when it may be called a cocktail hat. It is generally worn with fairly formal attire.

A substantial fascinator is a fascinator of some size or bulk. Bigger than a barrette, modern fascinators are commonly made with feathers, flowers or beads.[1] They attach to the hair by a comb, headband or clip. The fun, fanciful ornament is often embellished with crystals, beads, or loops of ribbon, and attaches via a comb or headband; some have a small, stiff, flat base that can be secured with bobby pins. They are particularly popular at premium horse-racing events, such as the Grand National, Kentucky Derby and the Melbourne Cup.

Obviously, we will not be attending a horse race or the Melbourne Cup.  We will just be having fun showing off our styles.

My facinator will be in the Sew Quilty category.  I have it hanging over one of my lamps.  It is a pin cushion with small spools of thread glued around.  I also have a small pair of scissors, needles, pins and a needle threader glued on.  The back has a tape measure tied into a bow.

This should be fun.  I will take pictures of the event and share them with you when we return.




  1. Love it!! Can't wait to see a pic of you wearing your creation...NJ Sue

  2. You are so much fun!!! I cant wait to see more.

  3. You do know that I am just soooo jealous!!!! Have a WONDERFUL time and can't wait to see those pics!!