July 21, 2007

A summer veiled hat – or that’s the idea

Filed under: daily life — Cristina de Prada @ 10:47 pm

Plan of my wonderful cabinet - click to enlargeMy straw sewing machine is still in the closet because I need to clear my workroom/guestroom before moving it there. There are still a lot of boxes from when we remodelled our living room. It was a major disruption because we basically turned the living room around and put the sofa where the shelves and TV used to be, and a new cabinet where the sofa used to be. It’s much nicer now, and we owe it to flat screen TV technology, because we have a column in the middle of the room and this new arrangement would not have been possible with a regular TV.

Before we had the sofa split at either side of the column (two sofas I guess), but now we have the column cleverly (if I may say so) hidden inside of the cabinet. I’m very proud of the cabinet because I spent so many hours trying to figure it out, drawing it up, measuring, and we even did a real size mock up. To see it turned into reality (thanks to a very good carpenter, mind you), it just feels extremely good.

But back to the hats. The boxes in the workroom will take some time to get sorted, and in the meantime, well, I have to make something else otherwise I will have nothing to post!

I took a look at the summer material I have, and found a preshaped straw braid body (does look like a finished hat actually) that I bought at KOPKA (a German supplier of straw and felt hat bodies, that I highly recommend!), and that might just work nicely with a piece of vintage green veil. I will tell you more about it tomorrow!


  1. Holy Schmoly! A treasure! KOPKA is just what I needed! Thanks!

    Comment by jill — July 23, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

  2. Kopka rocks! If you send an order to them remember to ask for colour cards (little swatches) of the materials you like, so you get a first hand look at the colors. I haven’t bought anything for ages, but my friend Nina buys regularly… but I’ve been good, perhaps I will buy some stuff soon!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — July 23, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

  3. Ooh – does Kopka do mail order????

    Comment by Liz — June 15, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

  4. Liz, yes they do mail order, although they don’t have an online store.

    Comment by cristinadeprada — June 15, 2009 @ 11:18 pm

  5. Fab – thank you will get in touch with them. By the way love the hand sculpted black sisal – just lovely

    Comment by Liz — July 4, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

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