Petaled Tresses

For any girl who ever tucked a freshly plucked wildflower behind her ear, accessorizing your favorite hairstyles with flowers has never been easier or more chic. Fabric flowers are popping up all over!

via Twigs & Honey Photo Credit: Paul Rich Studio

via Twigs & Honey Photo Credit: Paul Rich Studio

These ethereal creations from Myra Callan are a natural fit for you brides and bridesmaids. If wearing a more traditional veil for your ceremony suits you better, consider “changing into” one of the hairpieces for the reception. Both exquisite and playful, Callan’s detailed floral accents brighten up any special occasion or even just a plain old dreary day. Prepare yourself for all the compliments you’ll receive.

Coral Hair Pin Set via Handle & Spout

Coral Hair Pin Set via Handle & Spout

Next up, for when you want to make an entrance, turn to Handle & Spout and their fluttery creations made of silk taffeta, tulle, and other sheer  fabrics. I’m seeing the Disco Lily hair pins at a swishy New Year’s Eve party, myself.

Moving from angelic wisps to a mod statement, Sue Eggen of Giant Dwarf Design refreshes the old-fashioned fascinator in wool felt and a graphic rosette design complete with leaves (the Rosette Fascinator was featured in the Spring 2009 Anthropologie catalog). The headband styling makes putting one on a snap; no fretting in front of the mirror about whether you put it on wrong. Take that bad hair days!

The Rosette Fascinator is now a part of the Anthropologie catalog. Via Giant Dwarf Design

via Giant Dwarf Design

Last but not least, that old refrain about good things and small packages really rings true with WREN Handmade’s delicate flower hair pins and clips. Laura Normandin’s crochet and fabric designs evoke long-running craft traditions while weaving a new trendy tale.

via WREN Homemade

via WREN Handmade

If you’re more the d-i-y type, pick up a copy of knitware designer Nicky Epstein’s book, Knitted Flowers. Any of the styles Epstein details in the book would make perfect hair adornments, once attached to clips or combs of your own. Several flower issues ago, Callie Aldridge, former Executive Assistant Extraordinaire, dove into this book’s clever and crafty pages for our book review section of the magazine:

Knitted Flowers

via Nicky Epstein

“Though live flowers eventually fade, Nicky Epstein recognized the beauty flowers bring to any design—and wanted to show readers a way to keep that joyous effect around for years to come. Creating from her “botanical yarn garden,” she filled the pages of Knitted Flowers with designs and instruction that encourage readers to sew flowers that will never wilt. Different sewing and felting techniques, combined with many yarn colors and textures, supply crafters with seemingly endless floral accents. From an ice blue “wall flower”-trimmed cardigan to floral bags, a “necklette,” and even a decorative “ponchette with beaded edging”–all of her floral work is on happy display. Technique, schematic, and template pages provide a guide for terminology used in the book (how to “felt,” use a cast-on, or measure the size of a “leaf”), and a Resources list divulges all of her recommended textile sources.”

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  1. 1

    Tnelson said,

    Your site was extremely interesting, especially since I was searching for thoughts on this subject last Thursday.

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    Mary S. said,

    I love the pin set from Handle & Sprout! Thanks for you help wth the flower mystery! I think I just might have to add some yarrow to my wedding cake… Also, thanks for stopping by, I just discovered Flower Magazine this weekend at Barnes&Noble and had no idea there was such a lovely site + blog to accompany it!!!

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    Oh my, how LOVELY!!! Just found your blog via http://olivet.squarespace.com/olivet/2009/10/7/handle-spout.html! So glad to know about this blog now. 🙂


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