Fascinator Leather Feather - Prairie Eye

Saddle colored deer hide fascinator with natural emu feathers. A sassy little button hat with a prairie aesthetic.

When I wet the leather and blocked this hat, the most amazing colors and shapes appeared on the leather. It looks like clouds are drifting across it, or maybe like it was painted with watercolors.

I was taken utterly surprise by this as I was when I finally opened a little packet of emu feathers I'd purchased a couple of years ago. They resemble grass more than they do feathers. They feel a little like straw.

This one's for my favorite writer, Bill Holm. The man who taught me to love the prairie and showed me the beauty of the open landscape. From his essay, "Horizontal Grandeur,":

"For years I carried on a not-so-jovial argument with several friends who are north-woods types. They carted me out into the forests of northern Wisconsin or Minnesota, expected me to exclaim enthusiastically on the splendid landscape. "Looks fine," I'd say, "but there's too damn many trees, and they're all alike." If they'd cut down twenty miles or so on either side of the road, the flowers could grow, you could see the sky, and find out what the real scenery is like."

This hat has cut down all the forests and shown you the sky.

"How does it stay on?", you ask. It can stay on in any number of ways. It all depends on your hair. If it is thick, the easiest method is an elastic that goes behind your head and under your hair. If it is fine and slippery, like mine, the best option is a head band. Drop me a convo and we can work out what you'd like.

I block each hat on antique wooden hat blocks, and I make each stitch by hand with a needle and thread. It's devilishly difficult to sew through leather and requires the scariest looking needle. It takes me at least 10 hours to create a fascinator by hand. They are small, but that means my stitches have to be smaller. I'm a little crazy, but I truly do love the process. I want you to love this hat as much as I do. I am very happy to fix problems that may arise.

I am also very happy to do custom orders! Convo me and I can help you create the hat you've always dreamed of.

(photo with model by Stephan Hoglund)

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