I have had a piece that I have been working on, which is blocked on a round cocktail block in sinamay. After all the usual wiring ect I used a gorgeous oriental satin to make bias binding for around the bottom.
After that I have put it together and taken it apart 3 times. My hat has been sitting on my desk for days untouched, I have changed my design in my head a number of times. I just don't love it.
My question is do all you experienced milliners always fall in love with each piece you finish or is there some you don't even like?
To be honest I have a lot on my desk not finished after only 2 months. mostly flowers ect that I made during classes.
Yes Ness I have had this happen. Sometimes it is just a matter of leaving it overnight and refreshed in the morning I see the solution other times I need to leave for longer..... and other times I have threatened to turn them into Frisbee!!
If it is an order for a client that is not easy to reinvent but if totally your design for wholesale change the shape by manipulating the wire or add extra trim and maybe another colour in some form. In TAFE our theme was turn your faults into features. Some of my best sellers have come through this process. Keep having fun
Personally I refrain from falling in love with my work! I stick to just having a unique and well executed piece and just pray its rightful owner comes along! With regards the results, if not overly impressed, I make other variations of the original and name the collection as a series!
I have 4 pieces not talking to me at the moment in various stages of creation. They started out as a good idea or shape, but finishing them is proving difficult.
Not to worry! You only temporarily lost your creative verve.... Do not obsess! Leave them in a secure place work on other things and when you are reinvigorated you will feel creative about them as they will hold a clear convos with you!!! All the bestd
What Jain, only 4? I have at least a dozen! Don't worry, with your creative ability, something will pop and all will be well with the world (of hats).
Thanks Edith and Sharon: I dont have enough room for the dozen Sharon, so 4 is plenty. And having finally got my flower irons, guess what.. I too have random fabric drying awaiting tooling into an acceptable flower or several !