July 12, 2009

Sewing my label with a cross stitch, old style

Filed under: millinery techniques and cheats,Sewing label with cross stitch — Cristina de Prada @ 5:15 pm

I was curious how a label would look if stitched the old fashion way, with a cross stitch, so I gave it a try.

I love the result with contrasting thread and although the process is time consuming it looks wonderful.

I’ve seen this way of stitching the label referenced in two books: First in How to Make hats by Ruby Carnahan, and then in How to make hats; a method of self-instruction by Rosalind Weiss.

But although I have searched the web, I have not found any picture of a vintage hat label sewn this way. If you have one let me know, I would love to see it.

How do you sew your label on?

Update July 20 2009:

 Since I wrote this post I have come across this picture of a J. Suzanne Talbot (Paris) label at the Rijksmuseum website. The label is sewn in place with tiny stitches. What I find amazing is that the gros grain is sewn with such huge visible stitches…


  1. I have used the stitch for pant leg hems, fixing the satin ribbon on blankets and to close areas that were sliced because the item had to be turned inside out. It is one of my favourite stitches.

    Comment by Dolores — July 12, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

  2. Creo que aprender esto me vendría bien….jajajaja

    Comment by prima — July 13, 2009 @ 11:12 am

  3. It looks great Cristina!
    I’m afraid I´m not so sophisticated… I use self-adhesive ones… but yours is really lovely!! You are among the best 😉

    Comment by Nila Taranco — July 13, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

  4. Sweet! Beautiful stitching.. You make everything look so good!!

    Comment by Montez — July 14, 2009 @ 11:27 pm

  5. Beautiful! I use a cross stitch at each corner only.

    Comment by Lee — July 16, 2009 @ 8:28 am

  6. Dolores, yes! I also find this stitch really great.

    My first labels were self made using a printable fabric (adhesive), but they didn’t stick that well, and nothing beats a proper label (even if it’s cheapo like mine).

    I can understand Nila though, because sewing the label by hand takes extra time, and that in turn must reflect on the price… sticking the label in place makes life easier.

    Prima, yes… I shall give you private lessons on how to sew your labels, hehehe…

    Lee.. do you have pictures of that? I would love the result of using cross stitch at the corners!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — July 16, 2009 @ 7:41 pm

  7. You inspired me to answer your question by posting an entry on my blog showing labels and how I sew them in. I must say that sewing in labels is my LEAST favorite thing to do in finishing a hat!

    Comment by Jan Wutkowski — July 17, 2009 @ 12:42 am

  8. I think it looks great!

    Comment by Sandra Eileen — July 17, 2009 @ 2:34 am

  9. Hello Christina! Funny – I was actually just reading on the use of cross stitching to attach labels on. Hm…trying to remember where. In any case, your label is divine! So charming.

    Comment by Kelly Dunlap — July 23, 2009 @ 6:36 am

  10. Yo tambien las coso asi!!me parece muy bonito y un guino a mi abuela que me enseno a hacer punto de cruz!

    Comment by irene — August 2, 2009 @ 10:54 am

  11. I’m a cross stitch at each end person, but have also used metallic ink to just sign the gros grain. Especially if the hat is more “art” than daily wear.

    Comment by jill — August 4, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

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