Monday, May 7, 2012

Vintage Headband Workshop

On Sunday, May 27, 2012 from 12-3pm, we will be making gorgeous vintage inspired headbands at Think Outside the Store! This workshop is for all skill levels, ages 14+. Add as little or as much as you like to craft your unique, ready-to-wear headband.

Materials included:
  • Lace, ornate buttons, glass beads
  • Feathers (neutral - black, white, cream)
  • Velvet and satin fabrics
  • Sewing tools and glue guns
  • Headbands forms
This is the first workshop where I'll be teaching the "twisted rosette" technique, which is easy to learn and very popular. Space is limited, so please RSVP by clicking the light bulb on the sidebar. See you there!

Velvet ribbon rose with cabochon center and lace trim.

xoxo jamillah

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Vintage Look

My latest obession is designing vintage-y, old fashioned looking, 1800s Victorian era type accessories. I started re-reading Pride and Predjudice and it got me thinking...what did Jane Austen keep in her closet? And more pointedly ~ what would her characters wear?

One of my favorite scenes in the 2005 movie is the ball at Bingley & Darcy's swanky country house ~ Netherfield. I would have liked the cameraman to zoom in on Keira Knightley's hairpiece or even her earrings. Regardless, the costumes and the color palate won me over. I think I should watch the movie one more time (for research purposes!) and see if there is something I missed.

In the meantime, I noticed that using the following will still give you the vintage look:
  • Using elaborate brass-toned or "antiqued" clasps and buttons
  • A color palate of muted pastels, neutrals and rich jewel tones
  • Textured ribbon, lace and delicate calico floral prints
  • Earthtone beads, pearls and small Swarvoski crystals

One of my latest bracelets:

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