SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Forum > Creative Sewing > Feathers! Buying, working with... any advice? ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Feathers! Buying, working with... any advice?
ostrich/turkey..?
stirwatersblue
star
stirwatersblue
Intermediate
Kansas USA
Member since 12/13/08
Posts: 3582
Send Message

      



Date: 7/8/13 8:41 PM

I am making an obnoxious hat whose distinguishing feature is a splendid halo of fluffy white plumes. I did a quick search on the boards for feathers and ostrich and didn't come up with much (except one post mentioning Tony Hill/Lamplight Feather, which seems to have excellent prices. And also a wonderful random thread about peacocks!). I saw some 21" ostrich plumes at Michaels, but they seemed too large for the hat (which is about 18" in diameter), so I think I want something shorter.

I've never worked with feathers before, so I am looking for any and all tips on selecting, working with, attaching them to things, etc.

Thank you!!

------
~Gem in the prairie

Sarsez
star
Sarsez
Intermediate
AUSTRALIA
Member since 7/2/09
Posts: 772
Send Message

      



Date: 7/8/13 10:57 PM

I have never worked with feathers either but I do remember a Threads article about it that inspired me to at least include it on my bucket list! Maybe search the Threads website?

------
24th Nov 12 to 28th Nov 13
Fabric and patterns rules for me.
Remember to shop your stash girl!
Remember to keep sewing to your wardrobe plan!

beauturbo
beauturbo
Advanced
California USA
Member since 5/2/09
Posts: 3733
Send Message

      



Date: 7/9/13 5:27 AM

How about "Home Millinery, Madame Margariete's Manual", from 1920? It's sort of the wrong century, but the last two pages are on cleaning, curling, sewing, and wiring Ostrich feathers for hats, and at least the feathers look like the ones on your much older kind of hat?

http://archive.org/details/homemillinerymad00crea



Rosews13
Rosews13  Friend of PR
Advanced
California USA
Member since 1/17/10
Posts: 1249
Send Message

      



Date: 7/9/13 6:04 PM

I design and create all kinds of costumes for a professional adult tap company. I have used feathers to make neckpieces and glue gun those suckers onto a fabric base that has been stabilized with interfacing. You can so easily add feathers to fill in empty spots or add dimension. I got feathers in the floral dept. at Michaels. You can cut them down, mix them up or whatever. If I find a pic I will post.
I put a pic in my PR album but I can't get it into my post.I guess I will stick it in my flickr.....later
-- Edited on 7/9/13 7:10 PM --

stirwatersblue
star
stirwatersblue
Intermediate
Kansas USA
Member since 12/13/08
Posts: 3582
Send Message

      



Date: 7/9/13 8:40 PM

Thanks, Rose! Glue gun was my first instinct, too.The problem with cutting down the huge Michael's ostrich plumes is that they are EIGHT DOLLARS APIECE! The smaller sizes are about half that, and since I need about 10-12... yeouch.

Beau and Sarsez, I will look those resources up. Thank you!

Looking forward to your photos, Rose!

------
~Gem in the prairie

stirwatersblue
star
stirwatersblue
Intermediate
Kansas USA
Member since 12/13/08
Posts: 3582
Send Message

      



Date: 7/10/13 12:11 PM

A costuming friend recommended this very fine article by milliner and millinery pattern maker Lynn McMasters:

http://lynnmcmasters.com/OstrichPlumes.html

(If that link doesn't work, go to the home page, click on "Articles," and scroll all the way to the right and look for the photo of the woman in the large pink Edwardian hat. Click "How to Create Ostrich Plumes.")

There's a lot of great information on that site (even if the photos of her patterns are tiny!).

------
~Gem in the prairie

designgirl
designgirl
Intermediate
Member since 7/20/13
Posts: 2
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Date: 7/20/13 1:26 PM

The Feather Place is the place to get the best deal in Los Angeles on feathers, have a look there. They sell it loose or on a bias strip (which might help you with respect to sewing it on your hat).

http://www.featherplace.com/
-- Edited on 7/20/13 1:27 PM --

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Creative Sewing >> Feathers! Buying, working with... any advice?

Merchants on PR

Patterns from the Past


vintage sewing patterns
Deals!

Reconstructing History


Reconstructing History
Web site

Nature's Fabrics


Natural & Organic Fabrics
Deals!

Elliott Berman Textiles


Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!

Style Arc sewing dress patterns


Patterns That Fit
Web site

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Create a Jacket Muslin
Create a Jacket Muslin

Register

Sew a Designer Unlined Jacket
Sew a Designer Unlined Jacket

Register

McCall's 5525

photo
by: velosewer

Review
Self Drafted Pattern 97002-1000

photo
by: Sharonspil...

Review
Lolita Patterns Gunmetal

Lolita Patterns Gunmetal

Buy Now
SewBaby Wonder Jacket Pattern

SewBaby Wonder Jacket Pattern

Buy Now

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.