|From a Collection this is 'Land of Plenty' I hand painted the silk fabric and then blocked it and stiffened. I was inspired by an Alexander McQueen dress.|
|Small headpiece with quills and felt flower|
|Sinamay beret with dyed peacock feathers|
Thought you might like a break from seeing me in the photos today. So have put some of the hats I have made.
I am going to talk to you about the hat making (Millinery).
|Hat block for crown|
|Hat blocks for crown and brims I also use all sorts of items that give me interesting shapes|
|Small base underneath a flat brim on top that has been turned up.|
|Part of a hat for an exhibition on Outlaws, This one is called 'Flight to Freedom' This is made from felt and left over hat materials like straw, felt , stiffened fabrics,braids, ribbons and an old doily.|
You need a hat block, or if you are making a hat with a crown and a brim you will also need a brim block. You then either have straw or felt and mold the fabric you are using to the blocks and leave them to dry. Depending on which fabric you are using and if it is pre-stiffened or not or if you want the hat to last longer or be a floppy style you may need to paint a stiffener on. Once it is dry and you have done the coats of stiffener you will finish the edges and stitch together then do the lining or inside band. After this you need do decide on a trim, this may be feathers, flowers, fabric bows or pieces this is where the creativity comes in to it. You spend a lot of time getting the balance on the hat and making sure the trim is correct. Once you stitch the trim on to the hat you are done but this can take hours and hours.