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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!!

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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?

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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



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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
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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!

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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!).

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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/
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