Straw Hat #s 3 and 4
The Human straw hat disassembly/Hitty-hat millinery project continues. I had a couple of girls interested in Straw Boaters, so I started with an oval crown…
I am reluctant to cut the braid, because the hats are already small and fiddly and messing with a lot of small cut ends is tricky. So the shaping of these little straw hats is accomplished by a few methods that don’t involve cutting. In some places I have gathered one edge of the braid to create a curve, and in other places I have made a particular shape by slipping the working end of braid under the sewn part of the hat. Both those methods were described in the Straw Hat #2 blog yesterday.
Here is another way – twisting and folding the straw braid to get the braid into position, or change direction. Here the braid is twisted twice to get the braid from the vertical hat sides down to horizontal in order to make a flat brim.
Finishing off the Straw Boater…
I used couple of ribbons to accent the boaters. Notice that Agathe’s hat (black ribbon) was sewn using polyester thread closer in colour to the paper hatstraw, so the stitching is less visible than on Opal’s hat (red ribbon).
…Gráinne thinks the Straw Boaters are cute and would be just fine worn on landlubbery boats like rowing sculls or gondolas. She can’t imagine straw hats being of any use on a real sailing ship after the first puff of wind at sea!