Next on the list was to tackle were the cherries. The vintage 1950s cocktail hat had little cherries as trim. I looked through some florist suppliers without much luck. Unfortunately, many of the millinery suppliers of yesteryear are no longer in business and a lot of trims today are made from plastic and feel cheap. When I found something that felt elegant, it wasn’t the right size. Unwilling to despair, I kept the hat on my bench, looked at it every day waiting for inspiration.
Suddenly, there on the bench arose such a clatter, I sprang from my seat to see what was the matter. Sorry that’s a rip on “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” but I like how it conveys the moment that inspiration hit. In slow motion, it kinda goes like: cherries…round…red…different sizes…jewelry…beads…glass beads…hmmm…that could work.
You see how the process happens??
Once I had all the materials, I worked on the elements like an assembly line. Pick up bead, attach wire, cut thread, wrap over wire, secure ends, cut, done… Okay so it took me 5-10 minutes to make one cherry and I needed 50 glass cherries in different sizes. OH BOY, this was going to take a while.