The next Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge is Flora And Fauna- clothes inspired by plants or animals. Wasps are animals, so I'll be putting mine on an Edwardian hat.
I don't have any documentation for big, beaded wasps, but I have found a few examples of insect motifs from around this era.
There's this 1900's crochet lace dress from the KCI. It's quite festooned with dragonflies.
There is a privately owned fan with what looks like bees or flies made of spangles. The date is unknown but there is a possibility of it being Edwardian.
And finally, a hat with bugs! I didn't find this one, a commenter on the Flora And Fauna inspiration post directed me to it. Yes it's from the 30's, but one of the bugs looks like a wasp, and that's documentation enough for me.
This my inspiration hat.
|From the Met.|
Here is what the wasp has looked like for the past year or so.
|Quilting square included for scale.|
First the wire frame was wrapped up in cotton and thread.
After I wrapped up the first two legs I regretted using the cotton batting scraps on them. The pile of the velvet makes them look way too thick, like tarantula legs. I'm considering stripping them off and covering them again without the cotton.
I'm using very tiny seed beads for the markings.
|Imperial quilting square for scale.|
|Why did I use the round beads? Why?|
On Wednesday I spent 3 hours cutting the paper backed edges off a whole bunch of fabric swatches, not sure what I'm going to do with them, but there are a lot of different coloured swatches and it seemed very interesting at the time. Yesterday I did work on the wasp for a while, but then I started drafting a waistcoat pattern. I didn't work on the wasp today either because I was testing a pattern for a pierrot jacket.
It's highly unlikely that the hat will be finished in time. I will try to work on it, but there is a whole sewing room full of distractions, so it will be difficult.