Carnmeal Cottage provide from stock a comprehensive range of decorative feathers for use in bridal and craft work.
All of our range of craft and bridal feathers are supplied from the food chain or as part of natural "moulting" and no animal is harmed for it's feathers. Although the feathers may have exotic names such as Marabout Feathers, Diamond Feathers, Arrow Feathers etc these are all common craft feathers; treated, cleaned, dyed and prepared for use in craft, millinery or for bridal decorations.
Feathers are now commonly used in place of flowers in "floral" arrangements. An arrangement of Ostrich feathers is simple yet very dramatic. As in a feather arrangement always try to use them in 3's, 5's or 7's. These feather arrangements are ideal to decorate functions or wedding receptions to create a real impact.
Large Ostrich Feathers
Large Ostrich Feather (Spadones) are the most used feather. Like Premium Wing Feathers these are over 24" tall and come in a massive range of colours. However they are much cheaper. These feathers are less full and will not "droop over" as much as the femina wing feathers. You may need a few extra feathers to get your desired effect. It is all a matter of budget and what you want to achieve. If not sure please contact us for free friendly advise. We carry very large stocks so would expect to supply most orders immediately. Special colours of ostrich feathers can be ordered for feather order quantities of over 100.
Ostrich Feathers are ideal to create that 1920's look with Ostrich feathers in the hat or hair in bold, bright colours.
Mini Prime ostrich feathers
Marabou feathers are now used as an alternative to flowers or mixed in with flowers in bridal bouquets. Marabou feathers are soft and fluffy, however with a good quill marabou feathers can be wired into any bridal bouquet or arrangement. These are also ideal craft and bridal feathers. Marabou feather Colour Chart.
Feathers from the Ostrich are not only supplied as large blousy feathers. They can also be seen in Ostrich Plumes. A delicate piece of the Ostrich Feather mounted on a paper coated wire. An ideal feather decoration to include in a bridal bouquet, as a hat feather or in craft projects. With 12 feather "picks" per packet these are an inexpensive alternative to a floral decoration.
Diamond FeathersThe most common feathers used in the design of your hat and bridal decorations are the Stripped Coq or Diamond Feathers. These are simply feathers stripped of their plume except for a small amount at it's tip forming a diamond. This is available either in natural diamond feathers or dyed diamond feathers. The dyed feathers come in a large range of colours. Refer to our feather colour chart.
Many of our craft type feathers come on picks, so they can be easily incorporated into craft or bridal designs as well as hat decorative ideas, and can be used on a range of products, from feather headdresses and centrepieces to crafts and card making. Most commonly used feathers in craft and favours are things like our fluff feathers, also available in cut fluff feathers, along with narrow feathers and ruffle feathers. The feathers which are usually used for hat and hair accessories, are things like our pheasant feather curls, fern feathes, and wild feathers.
Table and floral centrepieces are often finished off nicely using feathers to add some colour and texture to the displays. Arrow feathers, and ostrich arrow feathers are often used, depending on the height of the arrangement along with stripped ostrich feather quills and our dyed, natural, and sword peacock feathers.
If you are looking for something fun to wear, we stock feather mounts and broaches as well as feather garlands, fluff feather garlands and even a feather boa, or if you prefer, we stock feather and ostrich feather trims which are ideal to attach to clothing or soft furnishings.
There are so many different types, shapes, sizes and colours of feather products available here, were confident we’ll have a feather for almost any purpose. Obviously with hat feathers you will be looking for different feather designs, depending on the type of hat, and where you will be wearing your hat, but whether it’s a wedding hat, fancy dress hat, or just general everyday hat, they’ll almost certainly be something feather wise to inspire you on our site.
If you are looking for feathers to decorate a wedding hat, you will probably want something small and delicate, like our natural or dyed diamond feathers. Also we have the more defined small feathers like out fern feathers or our diamanté diamond feathers to add that sparkle to any hat. We also have narrow feathers and pheasant feather curls which can be used in a more bold design.
A fancy dress or theatre hat can be overdressed to the max if required using some of our most extravagant feathers, like our miniature prime ostrich feather or our jewelled feathers. We also have fluff feathers and peacock sword feathers which would add a splash of colour and texture to your design.
For and every day hat, you would probably use a more understated range of feathers for your hat decoration. One of the more popular are the fine feathers as these are still quite large and colourful but aren’t as fancy as some of the more fluffy feathers. Generally our guinea fowl quills and plumage also work well with the more natural styled hats.
Feathers in Floral Arrangements
Most of our feathers come in a large range of colours and are the perfect way to add colour and texture to your table arrangement or bridal bouquet. You may even consider combining something like a confetti feather, or marabou feather to put in the vase with artificial flowers to create an interesting display.
If you are using a pre-wired feather like narrow feathers, or fluff feathers, you may still need to add some more wiring to them. The wired stems are only about 10xcm long and if you are making a large display you may need to extend them.
Palm Tree effect Arrangements
Some people choose to eliminate the flowers all together and use just feathers to create a bold yet stunning display. The most common design for this is the ‘palm tree’ effect, where you would use a tall lily vase and number of ostrich feathers along with something like our stay soft product to secure the feathers into the vase. Often a ribbon is also used to tie around the top of the vase and cover any of the stay soft which may still be on display.
The amount and type of ostrich feather depends on personal taste. Generally we recommend anything between 9-15 feathers per arrangement. We also offer three types of ostrich feather. The Spadone, which is the most commonly used feather. These are between 20-24’ long and come in the widest range of colours. The Byock, which can measure up to 20’, so this is a little shorter but has a softer look and is only readily available in white and cream. The premium feather, which is a femina wing. These are the most extravagant, luxury feather which is unfortunately also reflected in the cost. These feathers are 20-24’ long and are exceptionally high in quality, they are much fuller, with a soft arch in the ends of the feathers.We do stock such a wide range of craft feathers, feather picks, trims and boas, that it’s best just to have a browse through our feathers section.
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