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« Topic Start: June 16, 2007, 11:34:51 am »

I'm starting this sometime later today, but I thought I'd put it out there for anyone who wants to try it.

Feather shawls and cloaks are made by stretching cotton/muslin/linen tight in a frame (embroidery frame will work for smaller projects, but for larger ones a picture frame may work better.

Remove the quill from the feathers, (turn them into fluffy stuff) 

Trace out your desired pattern lightly onto the fabric.

The ends of the feathers that were attatched to the quill are inserted through the fabric and secured with a small dot of craft glue on the back side of the fabric.

A lining is sewn on to finish the project, and make it wearable.

The concept is very latch hook.  Results will be posted as soon as I make some progress, and find the rest of the film  to take pictures with.  I might be able to scan it since it will be fairly flat.
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« Reply #1: June 16, 2007, 11:44:36 am »

I'm starting this sometime later today, but I thought I'd put it out there for anyone who wants to try it.

Feather shawls and cloaks are made by stretching cotton/muslin/linen tight in a frame (embroidery frame will work for smaller projects, but for larger ones a picture frame may work better.

Remove the quill from the feathers, (turn them into fluffy stuff) 

Trace out your desired pattern lightly onto the fabric.

The ends of the feathers that were attatched to the quill are inserted through the fabric and secured with a small dot of craft glue on the back side of the fabric.

A lining is sewn on to finish the project, and make it wearable.

The concept is very latch hook.  Results will be posted as soon as I make some progress, and find the rest of the film  to take pictures with.  I might be able to scan it since it will be fairly flat.

It sounds incredible!
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« Reply #2: June 16, 2007, 12:16:08 pm »

I'm starting this sometime later today, but I thought I'd put it out there for anyone who wants to try it.

Oh wow... that sounds amazing.

I've always been really intrigued by the "cloak of feathers"--the filid of Ireland supposedly wore them. I've always just thought using a fringe-y shawl would work okay for a modern usage, but this sounds even better.
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« Reply #3: June 16, 2007, 12:24:36 pm »

It sounds incredible!

I second, third, that!
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« Reply #4: June 16, 2007, 02:11:10 pm »

I'm starting this sometime later today, but I thought I'd put it out there for anyone who wants to try it.

Feather shawls and cloaks are made by stretching cotton/muslin/linen tight in a frame (embroidery frame will work for smaller projects, but for larger ones a picture frame may work better.

That sound really neat, but um, just a bit concerned. Are you using real feathers? If so, how did you obtain them? (In some states, it's illegal to collect feathers of certain species.)

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« Reply #5: June 16, 2007, 02:27:12 pm »

That sound really neat, but um, just a bit concerned. Are you using real feathers? If so, how did you obtain them? (In some states, it's illegal to collect feathers of certain species.)

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Collecting feathers to do the shawl would take... eeeeehhhh.... roughly a lifetime.  Michaels here has turkey, pheasant, maribou (gag) and some exotics, but I'm going mostly turkey since I'm going to use my Hawk tattoo in the middle, as the main motif with the moons from my chest tattoos on the sides.

I'm too suburban for good feather finding anyways.  Undecided  The shawl itself is going to be completely feathered when it's done, with ribbons hanging from the edges.

I'm a little bummed that I can't find pictures online of what it should look like.
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« Reply #6: June 16, 2007, 02:29:08 pm »

Oh wow... that sounds amazing.

I've always been really intrigued by the "cloak of feathers"--the filid of Ireland supposedly wore them. I've always just thought using a fringe-y shawl would work okay for a modern usage, but this sounds even better.

I've been scratching my head on the feather shawl/cape/garment thing for awhile as well.  Wrapping my mind around how one could make a garment out of feathers just wasn't working.  By chance I came across a description of the process in a book of Aztec Myths and Legends last night.

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« Reply #7: June 16, 2007, 05:12:40 pm »

Collecting feathers to do the shawl would take... eeeeehhhh.... roughly a lifetime.  Michaels here has turkey, pheasant, maribou (gag) and some exotics, but I'm going mostly turkey since I'm going to use my Hawk tattoo in the middle, as the main motif with the moons from my chest tattoos on the sides.

I'm too suburban for good feather finding anyways.  Undecided  The shawl itself is going to be completely feathered when it's done, with ribbons hanging from the edges.

I'm a little bummed that I can't find pictures online of what it should look like.

Ahhh, I see. No problem. (only reason I asked, a while back on another forum, someone was trying to create a dreamcatcher and was going to use crow feathers she'd found lying around outside, only to find out it was illegal to even pick up crow feathers in her state!)

The shawl sounds really cool - I'm gonna expect pictures from you the MINUTE it's done!

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« Reply #8: June 25, 2007, 01:43:50 pm »

I'm starting this sometime later today, but I thought I'd put it out there for anyone who wants to try it.


This as of yet, has been a horrible failure.  The turkey feathers didn't have much strength to them to speak of, once cut away from the quill, and the embroidery hoop couldn't hold the fabric tight enough to make the  weave of the fabric puncturable with the ittty bitty feather fluff bits.

I am contemplating just painting the be damned thing.
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« Reply #9: June 25, 2007, 03:32:37 pm »

This as of yet, has been a horrible failure.  The turkey feathers didn't have much strength to them to speak of, once cut away from the quill, and the embroidery hoop couldn't hold the fabric tight enough to make the  weave of the fabric puncturable with the ittty bitty feather fluff bits.

I am contemplating just painting the be damned thing.


Have you tried a punch needle?  (just throwing ideas out there.
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« Reply #10: June 25, 2007, 03:38:03 pm »


I am contemplating just painting the be damned thing.


What about painting it and then using whole feathers (quill attached) at strategic points like shoulder and edges?

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« Reply #11: June 25, 2007, 09:34:56 pm »

This as of yet, has been a horrible failure.  The turkey feathers didn't have much strength to them to speak of, once cut away from the quill, and the embroidery hoop couldn't hold the fabric tight enough to make the  weave of the fabric puncturable with the ittty bitty feather fluff bits.

I am contemplating just painting the be damned thing.


How about sewing the feathers on.Try again with feathers with quills.
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« Reply #12: June 26, 2007, 07:17:26 am »

Have you tried a punch needle?  (just throwing ideas out there.

I have not...  actually I don't even know what that is...  clue me?
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« Reply #13: June 26, 2007, 08:23:00 am »

I have not...  actually I don't even know what that is...  clue me?

http://www.amherst-antiques-folkart.com/PunchNeedle_Supplies.htm

this would be to make the hole, you couldn't thread the needle with feathers.
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« Reply #14: June 26, 2007, 12:36:32 pm »

This as of yet, has been a horrible failure.  ...  I am contemplating just painting the be damned thing.

May I offer another alternative?  I recall seeing years ago at a Renaissance faire an individual with a cloak that I found fascinating.  The base was a heavier fabric in which numerous vertical small slits had been cut in.  These slits were maybe half an inch long and half an inch apart.  I'm guessing a little here as this was many years ago.  Colored cloth was then slipped though one slit and then back out the neighboring slit.  The cloth was then knotted.  The overall effect was rather feather-esque.

This is very much like the latchhook idea you mentioned earlier just on a larger scale.  Using this idea you could create something similar to your original concept and still be able to tie the feathers on if you so choose.  Another idea that occurs to me is that you could almost make this idea into a fetish-cloak in that it would provide places to tie on various fetishes, talismen, charms, what-have-you...
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