October 10, 2007

Hand shaped beret – Millinery Mondays with Nina

Filed under: Millinery projects — Cristina de Prada @ 10:20 am

Hand shaped tilted hat - work in process

Monday morning’s are going to be, if we manage to keep it up, hatmaking mornings. This Monday was the first day, and I met Nina at her workshop. She worked on a cap that she started a long time ago and was waiting to be finished, and she gave me a felt, preshaped as a flat beret in navy, to see if I could do something with it.

I’m not too convinced about the result, but the more I retouched it the worse I saw it, so when I got home I took it apart and started again, based on the same spiral idea.

This Monday was cut short because Nina hat to leave early, but in the future I’m hoping we will have at least 4 hours to work on hats.

One of the things I would like to learn to do is a cork block, and I will hopefully be able to share that with you. I was thinking about making a homburg for Peter, which I believe will suit him very well, and I will try to make the block for that (although Nina says there is no need to make a block with the crease since it can be hand creased when wet and it will keep the crease when dry).
Nina with the cap she was making

Here you can see Nina, looking great with the new reversible cap.

Back to my new hat, below you can see the original shape of the beret, still with it’s original label. I will post the final result soon!

Flat preshaped beret

1 Comment »

  1. I think the spirals are elegant, but I also can imagine how when your brain is saying “beret” and hat is saying “draped turban” it would be hard to reconcile without retouching. I just hate it when I retouch and retouch, instead of realizing the best hats form simply with little argument.
    SO glad to see your brooch out. Your collection deserves to star on hats!

    Comment by jill — October 10, 2007 @ 6:07 pm

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