So, you have decided to enter the HEADonistic 2019 hat making competition, yay! What next? Need a boost?
It’s kind of similar to baking a cake. You need a recipe...or in our case, a plan.
I use mind maps all the time to help me with the why, the how-to and perspective. I don’t always know exactly what I’m making until I start. If you do have an idea, make a simple sketch and list the materials you think you’ll need.
The base is important because you want your headpiece to sit comfortably on your head without slipping or falling off. Sometimes the design will dictate what type of base you need. There is plenty of choice from an existing headband or hair clip, a hair comb, hat elastic, you can make a wire head band or use a fabric base like felt. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Why not use an old op shop hat or fascinator as a base. (Op shops are a great place to find interesting bits and pieces!).
This one was inspired by the strip of black and white plastic netting that a friend picked up off the street. I sewed some textured yarn onto it and scrunched it up to get the shape I liked, then I hand sewed it into place. The fake flowers were attached with wire and the metal flower is an old brooch that pinned on easily.
As you can see, the underneath still needs a base. For this one I will probably use some firm felt in a circle, oval or teardrop shape with a comb, crin or hat elastic to keep it in place.
Whatever you decide, just go with it. As much as possible, use materials you have already. If your plan changes, that’s ok, the starting point is what counts. Focus on creating without getting too caught up with the technical stuff. Help will be available at the workshop if you get stuck. Feel free to ask questions or leave a message. Contact me or Embassy Arts via Instagram or Facebook.
In the meantime, enjoy making some magic and stay posted for the next hat tip.
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.