Saturday, 17 September 2016

Snoodtember weekly theme: novelty

Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of pretty inspiration images for you today! Although the 1940s were keen on novelty fashion items, with quirky prints on dresses, embroidery and appliqué, wacky knitting and crochet patterns, wild hats by the likes of Bes-Ben, and of course jewellery on some surprising themes, I haven't seen much in the way of novelty snoods. The only one I'd call novelty is this pompom covered snood (thanks to @misssabrinafairchild on instagram for drawing my attention to it).

That's ok, we're going to start the trend ourselves. Here are some ideas:

Novelty Trims


While adding a flower or bow to your hair, why not add a novelty brooch? Nestle a cute animal in amongst the petals and make your novelty statement that way. All kinds of jewellery bits and bobs could be useful. Don't forget your millinery fruit - always a good option too. And if you are wearing a snood at Christmas time - go nuts! You can take just about any ornament off the tree and make it work.


The only vintage reference I do have is this, from The Age, 9 Aug 1944:

"Ornamental daggers, clips and gay brooches can be used in any further number of experiments."

Challenge set: ornamental daggers, people!

Novelty Fabric/Scarves


If you are doing the snood-along, you could look for a novelty fabric to use. I have something I've been saving just for this occasion and I'm looking forward to using. Or, if you have a novelty-print scarf, tie it into a scarf snood.


Decorations on the Snood


Just as I did with my year of whimsies, I'm planning to bust out the felt and scissors and get some cute animals on my snoods! Cut some felt shapes and quickly stitch them on to your snood. If you aren't feeling that crafty, look out for little novelty buttons that could do a similar job, and don't forget the pompoms! Maybe a Halloween snood with little pumpkins and orange flowers at the front? Or a baking snood with little cookies? Now I'm getting excited!!


What novelty ideas do you have for this week? I admit this is going to be my favourite. I've been missing my novelty since the whimsies ended!

8 comments:

  1. Really fun, cute ideas! I don't tend to go for "novelty" anything, frankly, but this does make me want to put some ornamental daggers in my hear. Seems like a good idea for Halloween. :P

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    1. Thank you! I do like novelty prints but in general I like things to be subtle. But I love making them! And yes, for Halloween, all stops out!!

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  2. Why did ornamental daggers ever fall out of fashion?

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    1. I'm going to assume the police were involved :P

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  3. So splendidly sweet + adorable! The wee felt squirrel in particular is just darling. I've been getting into pinning brooches to my snoods more and more throughout this year. I've been doing so on hats for ages, but carrying that act over to snoods is newer for me. I find that lightweight, decent sized brooches with sturdy pin stems work best for this (at least with the types of snoods that I currently own).

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Brooches on snoods is such a simple way to jazz them up for a little change, and thanks for the good advice about choosing them.

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  4. Some kind of Autumn novelty snood is definitely needed. Hmmmm, pumpkins!!

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    1. Ooh like a little cornucopia on the side! That would be so cute!

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