Wine and Fascinators at Craft Central

Tuesday, July 5

A couple of months ago, I was able to convince my friend at work to accompany me to a craft event at Craft Central. On the menu, was fascinators. At the time of booking, and even now, Craft Central had Katherine Elizabeth down as the instructor, so I was really excited to go to this event, as I would have loved to meet a real life milliner. And a successful one at that. When we got there however, no signs of Katherine Elizabeth. In her place? 3 other instructors. Now I don't mean to be grumpy, but I bought the tickets for my friend and I because Katherine Elizabeth's name was on the flyer, and I expected to see her. Oh well, I suppose you get what you pay for. The tickets cost £19.99 so maybe it takes more dosh to get a star milliner.

Rant over, I had fun though. The girls who were teaching us were really nice, and had some really cool tricks, which I hope I can remember in future. I think I can feel another grumpy rant struggling to come out.

Okay, so, we were kind of thrown in the deep end. There was a short explanation of what you could do with feathers and felt, and then we were asked to make our own fascinators. Make!! Ok, if I did not have an idea about fascinators, I would have been lost. But then again, I suppose with only 2 hours, there's just so much you can fit in. I am happy they had this format though (despite my grumpiness), because it encouraged us to express ourselves through the hats. I kinda went crazy think!!

I think I was more interested in the wine. My friend does not drink alcohol, so I was quite happy to help her with her wine. This is me trying to figure out what to do with my piece of felt, while drinking wine of course.

Trying to get a feel of the felt. Notice my feather?
On the way home. I felt absolutely fine on the walk to the station and during the train ride home. Stopping to ask people if they liked my hat, and if they thought it was something Lady Gaga would wear.

I think I have been watching too many Lady Gaga videos of late. I have no idea why I made this feather piece. I just liked the madness of having a purple feather jutting out from my hair.

My friend made this one, but she gave it to me because she said alice bands hurt her head. So I came home with three pieces. Cool right?
Purple and proud!!!

All in all, I had a really fun night. The wine had a large part to play in that though. One thing I will keep in mind for future attempts at hat making though, is to keep the wine well away. Wine and hat making don't go together in my case. The wine made me bold (?), and I imagined myself as a world famous couture milliner working against time for a collection for Lady Gaga's world tour.

I wonder if these two pieces I made are indicative of the kind of milliner  I would be. Not for me the shy and retiring cute little fascinator. Oh no!! I was more interested in the bold and wacky. Maybe not wacky....hopefully not wacky....lets settle on interesting shall we? I really like making hats, because you can let yourself go wild with ideas. Whether I will ever be able to make hats people want to wear is another matter, to be explored at a latter date. For now though, I shall contend myself with making and hopefully wearing things which I think are an expression of my personality.

The purple one, I don't know where I'll wear it to yet, but I know I will definitely wear it because I am proud of it ( even if it is admittedly abit wonky), and I have made up my mind to celebrate my makes by wearing them all the time. Me Made June has instilled in me a sense of pride and I will continue to wear everything I make (nice ones of course). So a big THANK YOU to Zoe for giving me the confidence to wear my stuff. I don't care if I get laughed at, as I am sure I will when I wear my purple construct, but I don't care. I made it, and I shall wear it ( with a glass of wine just before stepping out of course).

The red one shall be worn on saturday the 16th of July for my friend's wedding. I don't know what dress I will wear yet. But I was recently handed a Lulu Guinness Lips clutch:


So I have a red clutch and a red hat, I wonder what colour dress and shoes I could wear. Any suggestions?

I am going to Belgium today after work, so I might not get time to blog as often as I would like, but I will take loads of pictures to share, so you can see me looking like an excited muppet in fabric shops.

have a nice day.


  1. You were HANDED a Lulu Guinness lips clutch? I'm jealous!

  2. love the lips clutch... now you need the perfect fabric

  3. Love the red hat with the feather! So fabulous! Have fun in Belgium!

  4. Wine always helps! lol ;) I'm gald you have the confidence to wear the hats you made. They look great. It seems you had a lot of fun creating them.

    You could stay safe and wear black with your red hat and bag but I think it calls for something more outrageous like purple, orange or lime green.