Welcome to my latest obsession – faeries. I have created three new fascinators forming a mini collection that I have decided to title The Faerie Queens.
I found these three ladies attached to clear resin balls at a fabric store and snatched them up at a severely reduced price as they were leftover Christmas ornaments. I was in love with them as soon as I saw their delicate painted faces, creamy gossamer hair and feathery wings. The sparkle of the beads and glitter on their flower petal dresses and tiny booties sealed the deal.
The first of member of the Faerie Council is Frostbite. She is queen to the faeries of the mountains in the North and has great stamina and determination of spirit due to the harsh climate she inhabits and rules over. Her dress and warm slippers are made from the white wool of hillside sheep and are bedazzled with nuggets of silver and diamonds from the mines of the dwarves in her region. Her head is crowned with a glittering wreath of silver painted leaves and fragrant snowdrops. She sits upon a sprig of frosted alba berries and the fine silvery netting is reminiscent of the cold wintery winds from which her downy wings offer protection. Frostbite sits on a sturdy pillbox shaped base with an elastic for a secure and comfortable fit.
Elderberry is queen to the faeries of the forest floor. Her strengths and powers are at their most influential during the harvest equinox. Elderberry’s dress and foot coverings have been spun from moss and spiderweb silk. Her clothing and decorative wooden hair combs have been embellished with raw emeralds received in pact from her alliance with an elven clan. She rests comfortably after a long flight on a lush flower with petals of the deepest wine tones. On either side of her are ripe berries, some glazed with a touch of the season’s first frost. The large chilled berry in her hand will provide welcome refreshment after her journey back home. Organza sage green leaves add further cohesion to this piece’s colour palette and theme. This fascinator attaches with a comb and two bobby pin loops.
The smallest and youngest of the faerie queens is Iridessa, queen to the meadow fairies. She became queen at the tender age of 200 years old when the former queen, her mother, was destroyed by being pushed by a rival faerie onto the rifle barrel of a sleeping human. Cold iron is a deadly enemy of faeries. Iridessa is prone to daydreaming and lounging amongst the roses during stolen solitary moments, hence her pensive and relaxed pose. The colours of her wings, which have been changed to more of a butterfly wing, and dress compliment the meadow grasses and floral bounty in which she serves her kingdom. Delicate pink sea pearls, light green amethysts and brighter pink topaz jewels highlight and accent her hair, dress and shoes, all gifts from her adoring explorer father. A soft pile of rosebuds provides a pillowy cushion on top of a fragrant white begonia for Her Majesty’s sojourn and a froth of pale pink netting adds the final layer of texture and femininity to this piece. This fascinator also attaches with a comb and two bobby pin loops.
This collection allowed for optimum escapism and fantasy during its creation and it is my hope to enchant another with the spell of The Faerie Queens.