Hand Dyeing Silk Abaca for a Bespoke Millinery Headpiece

This week I’ve been experimenting with colour to bring some sunshine into my West Sussex millinery studio. It’s the first time I’ve hand dyed silk abaca and I must say I’m delighted with the results. Would you like to see?

This photo shows the ivory silk abaca as it is placed into its bath of Jacquard acid dye – to make this colour I mainly used ‘yellow sun’ with a little pinch of ‘cherry red’. I just love how the colour slowly creeps up the fabric as it is submerged.

Silk abaca dyeing with Jacquard acid dyes

Whilst the fabric was in it’s bath, I couldn’t help myself – I had to pop in a variety of feathers too!

Once the fabric had dried it turned into this beautiful daffodil yellow.

Perfect for making some gorgeous silk abaca flowers for one of my bespoke hats.

With a little bit of shaping and millinery magic it wasn’t long before the petals could be seen in all their glory – can you see that gorgeous yellow as the underside of these flowers?

Silk Abaca Flower for Bespoke Headpiece – Isabella Josie Millinery

And as for the finished handcrafted  headpiece, would you like a sneaky peak?  It will form part of my Spring  / Summer 2019 collection, such an elegant design for the racing season. It’s a hat that looks stunning from every angle, it’s  sure to be one of this years favourites.

Fascinator Making Workshops in West Sussex

As you may know, some of my hats and headpiece are available to buy through
Bosham Walk Art and Craft Centre in Bosham, a picturesque costal village in West Sussex. If you are in the local area, both Bosham and Bosham Walk, with its amazing treasure trove of beautiful art and craftwork, are lovely places to visit. Bosham even has an ancient church that was mentioned in infamous Bayeaux tapestry.

I’m delighted to announce that I’m going to be offering Fascinator Making workshops at Bosham Walk. The Fascinator Making workshops are great fun and are ideal for hen parties, birthday celebrations and ‘get-togethers’ with friends. If you would like to book one, just let me know – sessions are available at the weekend and in the evenings. Fascinator Making Workshop West Sussex


Millinery Flower Headpiece with Worbla Black Art

Worbla Black Art Thermoplastic Millinery FlowerWould you like to see my latest thermoplastic experiment with Worbla’s Black Art?

Worbla Black Art, like Worbla mesh art and finest art becomes flexible at around 90 degrees Celsius, but has a much smoother finish. I’d previously seen a great article by a cosplayer on the Worbla website on how to make leaves using a silicon cake flower mould. I totally loved this idea (especially as I’m not great artist) and started to play. Continue reading