July 22, 2007

First steps on the coarse straw hat with the green veil

Filed under: Coarse straw braid preshaped hat,Millinery projects — Cristina de Prada @ 9:04 pm

The picture on the left shows the original shape of the body. I ‘ve had it for a while and the truth is that in it’s original form it reminds me of a van Gogh painting, be it the self portrait or the one where the field workers are taking an afternoon nap.  It’s not a look that I want for me, but when I flipped the brim down something miraculous happened because it got the most beautiful cloche shape.

Straw braid hat bodystraw braid body down turned brim


Blocked crown with the blocking spring

 Don’t you agree? The downturned brim looks really great, but I don’t like the way the crown narrows on the top, so I’ve run the crown under the tap, shaken the excess water, and put it in a block. I’ve been able to use for the first time my new blocking spring (that I won at the competition of the Hatalk magazine). It’s not really a spring, more like a plastic tube, and you need to have all the different sizes because it doesn’t stretch that much.

Tomorrow I will see how I finish it off. The idea was to use a green vintage veil I have, but I’m not sure if that will work!

Veil I was (am) thinking of using


  1. How funny; lately I have been obsessed with flatting the round tips on all my hats. I usually just steam them up and hold then down with something upside down, or pinch a crease. It’s nice to know if I change my mind later, the crown can be reblocked in a jiffy.
    Your vintage green veiling: Are those sequinese or little flowers attached? The holes look like a honeycomb shape. The brown vintage that I used on the last brown straw looks like a twin to your green. Wonder what other colors are out there? It is such a great veil to work with!
    And I have found a way to mend vintage veiling: A needle tip stuck into crystal glue, then touched to both ends of the broken veil part. Touch the pieces together and hold with the tip for a second, done.
    Fiddly work, but worth it in a really beautiful veil with a break at an obvious place.
    I LOVE the cloche form on that straw!

    Comment by jill — July 23, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

  2. Jill, look here for the details of the veil: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1015/865693892_9965c7d59f.jpg
    I love your tip about mending veil, and I agree these old veilings are so gorgeous they deserve restoration.

    Comment by cristinadeprada — July 23, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

  3. Ohhhh,that veiling is just awesome!!!
    I want some too!

    Comment by jill — July 25, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

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