August 10, 2008

Beehive hat – new hat block

Filed under: Hats made with new beehive block,Millinery projects,Millinery suppliers — Cristina de Prada @ 11:01 pm

New beehive hatI call this shape a beehive because I can effectively wear my hair up and put this hat on. I really love it!

The block is beautiful and it must be said that buying a block (unless you’ve had the chance to try it first) is an act of faith because you can imagine the kind of hat that you will get, but you don’t really know for a fact!

This wonderful block comes from a Dutch block maker called Van der Broek that has an astounding array of block shapes for sale. Their website is in Dutch, but I’ve been told they will have an English version soon.

The material of the hat is a twisted seagrass hood that I bought ages ago at Manny’s in New York city (now sadly going out of business), and it was very easy to block by simply spraying the cone wet and stretching it over the block.

I used straw stiffener (3 layers because the material was quite soft) to help it keep its shape.

The red double silk cording (no idea if it’s called like that or not) that I’ve used for the trimming, is a vintage treasure that I got from my friend Nina. I back stitched the whole length by making long stitches underneath and  tiny ones on top.

Because the material frays easily I have machine stitched the headsize ribbon.

Here are two more pictures of the hat (Mimi modeling the hat with great style):

Back view of the hatClose up of the hat

I have made another hat with this block and will post pictures of the process and of the block. If you cannot wait and want to take a peak just go and take a look at my Flickr pictures


  1. That Mimi is one lucky girl!

    The hat is smashing. You are so right…it is an act of faith to buy a block not knowing exactly how the hat created using the block will turn out. Of course, isn’t it fun to solve a mystery?
    I’m finding myself much more drawn to geometric shaped hats with simple embellishment now. I guess my “long in the tooth” era is better served by such, but I do hope I meet young women who still like frills and flowers at time.

    Glad to see you back in the creative mode. I’ve just done two hats as well…they’ll be featured in a day or so…but nothing compared to your expressive works. Kudos!

    Comment by Jill — August 12, 2008 @ 9:15 pm

  2. Yay! So gorgeous. Color, form, choice of hood, trim. You are amazing and you make awesome hats.

    Comment by Jane C — August 13, 2008 @ 6:30 pm

  3. Thank you for the kind words! You two are both wonderful milliners, and it means a lot to me when drop by and comment on my work!!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — August 13, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

  4. Love your hat, Cristina! It’s great to be able to stash our hair up in a hat isn’t it? Especially on a hot hat day. Your work is beautiful, especially all that careful stitching of your trim. My mother used to say it’s the details where the couture workmanship shows. Brava! K Q:-)

    Comment by Kate — August 15, 2008 @ 1:19 pm

  5. que sombrero más bonito! Me encanta, incluso teniendo el pelo corto 🙂

    Comment by Prima — August 15, 2008 @ 3:59 pm

  6. este es precioso……..lo saque de aqui:

    Comment by — September 7, 2008 @ 5:26 pm

  7. Hola, no se por donde empezar, si por los sombreros o por el libro escrito por tu madre.
    Es igual………
    ME ENCANTAN los sombreros, hay cientos y para todos los gustos, yo también me dedico al diseño y confección, llevo poco tiempo, pero ahí estamos.
    Respecto al libro, espero que todo vaya bien, me parece muy fuerte que alguien se pueda meter en un tema tan personal, argumentando algo tan vil para dañar,
    sólo tendrian que pensar en lo bonito que tiene que ser que después de tanto tiempo (desde el fallecimiento de tu padre), tu madre le haga un homenaje
    público……….es genial y se nota lo enamorada que estaba.
    No les tengas rencor, huele a envidia pasaaaaaaaaa
    ¡ANIMO! paratodos vosotros
    Igual nos podremos conocer en Madrid, en la III semana del sombrero, me encantaría.

    Comment by raquel acero jerez — November 16, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

  8. Hello – Just to let you know the double red cording is called “soutache” and is designed to be applied flat as you have but can also be curved easily into intricate patterns and stab stitched through the central line to hold its shape. This trim can also be machined to fabric in intricate designs most successfully. I love your blog!

    Comment by Maximilien — September 28, 2010 @ 1:07 am

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