I've been having TOO much fun with these Elizabethan hoods.
By too much fun, I mean that I was up last night till 3:00 finishing this one, just so that I could see how it looked! All mine have been all black till now, but I had a request for a dark red velvet one, so I did a bunch more portrait research to make sure I knew which parts should/could be red, and where the bling should go and what shapes really exist in the bling pieces....and then i stayed up super late making one.
Here are some shots of the results, on a wig, since at 3:00 AM, I was not photo worthy:
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Fabrics are white silk shantung, burgundy red cotton velvet, and black wool crepe.
Really, this whole late-night-hooding came about because I'd ordered some awesome new bling, and I really REEEEELY wanted to try it out to see if it worked the way it did in my head, so I had to make the bling a hat to wear. Like...right then. (Yeah, I know.)
Here's a close-up of the bling, which is made from metalized (gold plated) beads, glass pearls, and these super cool gold metal links with SQUARE glass stones in them.
NOTE: Do you know how hard it is to locate black SQUARE stones in gold settings that can pass for Tudor rather than Victorian?? Do you??
HINT: It is hard.
The veil and upper billiment are one piece, separate from the front pieces. They are currently attached, quite securely, with two straight pins. This means that they are easily removable and could be put on other headpieces to change up the look with minimal investment.
This brings me to the questions of "how might OTHER people want these hats":
- Should the upper billiment/veil assembly be removable/reusable or does that sound like a failure waiting to happen or maybe too much trouble?
- How much design input would YOU want or expect to have if you found a shop (let's just say...MY shop) at an event selling these? Would you want to pick out all the layers and have me assemble it for you, or would you prefer to simply choose from finished ones on the shelf.
- Does a BYOB (build-your-own-billiment) station sound like SO much fun to you? Might you want to pick out and string your own billiment beads on a wire if all the bits were there to play with, and it could be ready to be attached to the hood in about half an hour with no glue?? (or should that be a workshop/class instead?)
- Do you like the idea of keeping ALL the layers separate so that you could mix, match, change styles, decades, colors, billiments, etc and potentially have a wardrobe of pieces to play with, or would you want it all attached so that all you have to do is style your hair and put it on and go?
(Plus -I'm kindof super deeply into headwear...and I may not be the NORM)