Saturday, August 14, 2010

Silk Straw: Hat or Headpiece?

Several posts back I showed the results of a day's worth of dyeing sinamay and silk straw. At the end of the post I showed 3 different manipulations of the silk straw. While a couple of people liked example #2, as did I, it is almost impossible to re-configure this amazing fabric into a pre-conceived style. So I had to go with example #3, which I also liked...otherwise I would have taken IT apart and tried for another style I liked.

Anyway, here is the finished product, with added beading on the edges of the 'waves' and a swath of vintage veiling. Since I live near the ocean, the whole thing reminded me of waves, and water, and currents, and yes, a fishing net! Confession: I've actually added more beading, and larger beads, to the veiling since I took these photos. The extra beading added some weight to the veil, which held it in place better, without having to tack it down, plus it adds even further to the fishing net theme--the beads are splashes of water caught in the netting!

Side view. See the silk shine?

Close-up of the veiling. Gosh I wish I had a picture with the extra beading. Oh, well. I might post it later.


  1. I don't know, but I really like it, including the color.

  2. Thanks, Lee! I love this kind of headwear and if left to my own devices, it's what I'll create every time...something totally abstract.