I receive many emails asking for more information about the birthday crowns I make. They're made with a combination of the wool/felt blend (for the lining), and the 100% wool plant-dyed felt (for the front), which I wrote about here. There's a 1" wide elastic band in the back, covered in fabric, which is what makes it adjustable for most head sizes. The bits of embroidery are usually inspired by the fabric I'm using on the crown, or sometimes from this fabulous book of embroidery designs (which I must admit, I don't actually own...someday I'll actually figure out how to purchase it, and until then I peek at the pages that people have shared). The ribbon is all vintage, but purchased recently from Les Bon Ribbon.
The pattern for the crowns is my own, and it's actually one of the
patterns featured in my book, including the template and step-by-step instructions on making your own.
I love making these. Particularly the handwork parts are so fun as I think about what little one might wear it for their own special day. In our house, at least, the Birthday Crown is of high importance. Above are a few I worked on this weekend that are now waiting patiently for the next shop update on the 20th. Incidentally, want to see what's inside that pretty old picnic basket?
I'm sorry - I shouldn't have scared you like that. Pretty bad, isn't it? It actually doesn't really bother me, since I have no patience for doing anything about it. I pick up 99% of my embroidery floss at thrift shops and yard sales, and often they're bundled and wadded up in a big ziploc, which just gets emptied and stuffed on top of this pile. So now you know - I'm a bit of an embroidery floss organizing failure. Sigh.
But the crowns are pretty, aren't they? ;)