We vowed to design and make this headdress while trying to avoid the hulking beast in the corner (the sewing machine) as much as possible. The only machine stitching here will be of the unseen variety, where two pieces of fabric are sandwiched together, sewn and then turned right way out. If there is any visible stitching, it's going to be minimal.
We had big ideas - we wished to make a simplified version of the gold and lapis lazuli headdress portion of King Tutankhamun's stunningly beautiful burial mask. We needed to attempt some crazy alchemy, and turn fabric into solid metal and semiprecious jewel. Or at least, try and make it look a little like gold and jewels, if we could.
We had to use fabric because we wanted it to be as lightweight as possible - it's going to fit over a large animal mask which is in the works. It still had to move; but it had to look like it didn't.
We’ve made two and a half of these now. Headdress number two (in the photo) suffered from me going insane and electing to sew each of the 75 individual coloured strips into tubes, instead of doing the ‘fold and press’ routine (so much quicker and easier). What was I thinking? Why did I break our vow?
The cost for the fabric comes in at between $20-30, dependent on whether the fabric is at sale price or not.