Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Few Of My Favorite Things...

Large ostrich plumes, with those wonderfully lush heavy tips.
In this case, size does matter ;-)

I collect these whenever I can, and my collection has grown to nearly epic proportions. Ordering online can be daunting, because you truly never know what you'll get when it comes to feathers like these. So, when I find the occasional luxe plumes in a shop or flea market I snatch them up.
For 'new' feathers, I've had amazingly good luck at Beverly's. They are a mix between Michael's crafts and Joanne's fabrics, and they often have loose ostrich plumes in an array of shades. Amazingly, one of the best locations has been the Beverly's in San Luis Obispo, CA. I always need to do a bit of sifting through the skinny ones, the damaged ones and the colors I avoid. I'm always rewarded though, with a few lush feathers such as the ones above. Sometimes the colors can be limited, depending on the season. My last visit garnered me the lovelies above; two in a pale pink, a powder blue and a soft violet.

Dickens Fair is also a time during the year that I look forward to buying more. Every year there is one merchant that sells nothing but hand dyed ostrich plumes in every size and color you can imagine. Instead of bleaching them first, they are dyed from their natural light color so they retain some of the pattering and ombre-like effects. They are amazing, yet for the life of me, I can't remember what the shop is called :-(
My love, one year when I missed attending Dickens due to work, brought me home a literal bouquet of these gorgeous plumes one day.
He is a man who truly knows and loves me.

2 comments:

  1. They are truly gorgeous! I think my favorite would be the ones from Dickens Fair, because of the patterning.

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    1. Indeed ;-) some of them get that nifty chevron pattern, too.

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