Continuing on with what can be found on a fascinator…….. this time its about the fabrics.
The material I want to discuss first is netting. I find a veil on a fascinator makes the look more intriguing and sophisticated. This fascinator1 has ivory netting also known as Russian Veiling (the diamond shaped netting). Some veilings come with chenille dots or dots woven into the net during manufacturing.
The other netting you all know (found on a wedding veil) is tulle, it is very sheer and comprises tiny little diamond shapes2.
Tulle can also be used as a veil on a fascinator and sometimes it is bunched together to form a decoration or a bow on a fascinator.
Organza is another fabric that is often used and is quite a sheer and delicate material and has a sheen to it3. It can be either a man-made fibre or come from silk. It is most commonly used as ribbon with a wire edge, to form random shapes. You can see here4where it has been used to form leaf shapes on this purple number.
Another sheer but very stiff fabric is know as horsehair crin5, this one pictured is quite plain and this one6 includes pleats, whilst the last one7 includes a diamond pattern . This braiding is ideal for making bows or brims of hats, sometimes it includes a drawstring to help it curve into a shape. It is made from either polyester or nylon and is also used to sew into the hem of bridal gowns to help keep the shape of the skirt. The name comes from a fabric that originally used horsehair! The original fabric included a woven construction of horsehair and linen.
Next time, more materials found on a fascinator. In the meantime, you can see my work at KAIJ.