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Flicka
05-05-2012, 07:22 PM
Anyone except me make hats? I'm a vintage geek who loves the '20s and '30s and so I'm always in the need for new hats.

Made this cloche hat today from a felt cone which I steamed, blocked and shaped. Added some trimming in black wool felt too:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u444/bettybeegood/2b40a7ef.jpg

Black is hopeless to photograph, but if anyone cares, I posted some more pictures and wrote a little on how I made it on my blog http://dulloldperson.blogspot.se/2012/05/je-suis-modiste.html

So, anyone else make hats? Caps? Crowns? Tiaras? Any form of head wear?

Alessandra Kelley
05-05-2012, 08:05 PM
Very nice!

I've never blocked my own, just formed and decorated hats from blanks. I've made musketeer hats and tricorn hats that way.

Flicka
05-05-2012, 08:15 PM
Very nice!

I've never blocked my own, just formed and decorated hats from blanks. I've made musketeer hats and tricorn hats that way.

Well, I sort of reshaped it. It was already cone-shaped so I just made the drapes and the brims and made it my size... So I did not entirely block it.

I found this great post on how to felt your own hats, though: http://fordandesigns.com/fordan/hatbody.html

That's my next project! :)

Maryn
05-05-2012, 09:53 PM
Ooh-ooh! The Kid (our adult daughter) will love that link. Thanks!

Maryn, who doesn't do needle felting herself

Filigree
05-06-2012, 12:56 PM
Very cool! Hats are another weakness of mine. I'll have to find pics.

Flicka
05-17-2012, 04:14 PM
Made another hat, this one from a jute cone, paper flowers and a few scraps of fabric:

http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u444/bettybeegood/06f98d6b.jpg

Filigree
05-17-2012, 06:55 PM
Very nice, Flicka!

This reminded me to photograph some of my hats. From about 9 years ago, a dyed hemp net cap knotted with green and amber glass beads. I still wear it out, but I need to rebuild an outfit around it. The net was originally going to be a scarf, but I got fed up with knotting. I had just enough to wrap loosely around my head, so...

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m566/FiligreeSilver/Greenhat3views.jpg

Flicka
05-17-2012, 07:12 PM
Nice! Now I'm inspired. I might attempt something similar.

Filigree
05-17-2012, 10:51 PM
It wasn't very difficult, once I got the damned net finished.