I have been busy packing my bags for France for the last few days, but have had loads of nervous energy that I had to expend some way. So I've been making hats! What else?
This Summer I was lucky enough to purchase about 15 fabulous vintage hatblocks and I've been using those with some soft, luxurious fur felt hoods. This post is about the latest hat from one of the blocks.
Here's the block covered in Press n Seal, which works much better than clingwrap. (It actually sticks to the block and protects it better.) I love the deep 'S' in the tip. This is the kind of block that creates the complete hat, not just a crown that will be added to a brim. I'm not keen on brim brimmed hats so this suits me just fine.
I don't like stiff felts so I don't always use sizing on my felts. However, the fur felt in pretty flexible and I want it to be a little stiffer, particularly to help hold the shape of the 'S'. I sprayed the inside of the hood with felt stiffener, and used a foam brush to help the stiffener penetrate the felt.
I will be posting again once I return from my teaching trip to France. I hope to have some fantastic pictures of some amazing millinery establishments in Paris. Stay tuned and I'll see you in about 4 weeks!!!
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