|'Madeline' on Leslie|
|'Madeline' ~ wet felted merino and silk |
with organdy ribbon
What exactly is it that is so appealing about the 1920's flapper style? Yes, it's the pearls, short swinging dresses, dancing and bobbed hair but most of all it's the cutest little cloche hats! I like how flapper style represented a new direction for women and a sense of individualism but it's more than that. It also represents a unique expression of freedom, not only from 19th century pre-war conservative social mores and cumbersome, long dresses of voluminous yardage, but also freedom from not being permitted to think for one's self. Just because you were a woman.
I think of flapper style as a new directon in feminine confidence, signifying a rebellious attitude, as a result of women's emancipation and escape from restrictive, narrow gender roles. In that role the Roaring 20's created an iconic fashion image that today, almost a century later, is still readily recognizable, delightfully feminine and full of fun. On top of all that, you'd be hard pressed to find prettier and more flattering hats! Everyone looks good in a cloche. My latest felting projects decided to become flapper style as they emerged from the felting process more by accident than by design. I''m happy with the results and plan to make more.
|'Madeline' ~ front|
| Fanny with Goldie's ruffled wristlets ~ hand knit |
merino and silk
|Maggie with 'Clara Bow' ~ wet felted merino wool|
|'Clara Bow' ~ side|
|Colour inspiration of Jeffrey's fox|
~ photo by Jeffrey Denard
Here's how I did it....
|Laying out orange fibre on side two of the resist. |
You can see side one underneath, already
layed out and wet, with the gray and orange
edges folded over for the seam.
|Side two with three layers of fibre|
|Adding some gray fibre to side two|
|Wetting with warm soapy water and rubbing the |
fibre in between screening to start the
|Drying by the fire. I cover the wooden hat block with |
saran to keep it dry while shaping the wet hat.
|Finished with a beautiful feather|
|Irresistible felted roses made just for the fun|
of making something so pretty
|Made from merino wool and silk|