As you can see, I'm getting full use out of my newest acquisition: a 1930s/1940s-era turban hat block. The decoration possibilities on this lovely tool are endless (and I'm doing my best to explore them all)!
This time, I used a piece of vintage black wool felt, and covered it with a section of light brown vintage fancy veiling. I created a colorful faux bird (calling to mind a Bird-of-Paradise) out of a frame of wired buckram and spun cotton. The head and shoulders are covered in tiny electric-blue iridescent peacock body feathers. The main bird body is covered with brownish-hued, slightly iridescent pheasant body feathers, and the tail fan is made out of four dyed ostrich feathers.