This is my sister in law, Mirjam, wearing (with great style) the second hat I’ve made based on Ruby Carnahan’s pattern “Felt Pattern Hat”.
The other one I made was with faux astrakhan (persian lamb) and a white grosgrain ribbon, which is quite winterish, so it was time to make a summer version.
I’ve made the new one using a woven raffia fabric (vintage, belonging to Nina), and I’ve trimmed it with a huge knotted bow made out of a spectacular Gratacos silvery shiny fabric. Gratacós is a fabulous fabric shop that first opened in the 1940’s, and that has been recently remodeled to sell also accessories (among which, hats). They are fabric designers and sell their own range of fabrics. Their shop is at the center of Barcelona (Passeig de Gracia 110) and well worth a visit.
Back to the hat, I must say that working with the woven raffia has been a pain because it tends to fray, even though I first cut the pattern from (strong) iron-on interfacing, which I ironed into the rafia and then cut. I should have done a zig-zag on the edge, which I had to do later under difficult conditions.
I plan on doing another version of this hat with a different fabric. If I get my new digital camera soon I will document the process!