Now that my studio is finished, I can get back to making things! This is a new creation I’m working on for my Etsy store. It is a Victorian style, high crowned hat in maroon velvet with Venice lace trims and different textures of feathers. I wanted to do something to add a little bit of subtle sparkle to it, but still keep it in a Victorian feel so I settled on these cut glass, jet black beads. I tried a couple of different ways of attaching them before I settled on the style shown below. I love this fringe because the points echo the triangular points pattern of the Venice lace that I’ve already attached below the hatband trim. I think I might also try to figure out something beaded for the back, or around the top of the crown. This would be a great hat for a Dickens Festival costume because of the rich red colors and thick wintery feel of the velvet fabric.

Beading the trim around the edge of the brim