Friday, June 06, 2008

Custom Work: Felt Beads and a Hat

In between all the spring outdoor activities on the homestead (immunizing cattle, planting garden, and so on) have completed a couple of custom orders.

Here are some really fun color felt beads. The ones with glass beads have wires holding the "stringing path" - the wool only beads are solid as these can safely be pierced in any direction with a needle or awl.

Color choices by the client, really turned out nicely.

Also completed a Basic Straw Hat in a larger head size. Figured out the preformed straw hats I have can tolerate stretching so was able to make a hat to fit a size 23 inch head. This is great and am so pleased to be able to offer this to people who have not been able to get hats to fit comfortable in the past.
Custom Hat

Pink Hat size 22 1/4 , now in Etsy Store

For those who enjoy hats found a great news article about London milliner Lock & Co in the Dallas Paper online. Enjoy!


PhantomMinuet said...

Lovely projects. I especially like the felted beads.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

You are so clever to figure out that the hats can go a bit bigger and smaller too. I'm noticing a lot of the hats that are being shown on the runways are all one size fits all, sits on the side of the head things. The mass market hat industry is still not willing to go back and make hats to size, just like they do in (gasp) the shoe industry. When I think about it, most people fit a hat somewhere between 21-23 inches, in half inch increments, six sizes? Shoes come in how many sizes? Honestly wouldn't you think more hats could be made sized again?

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Hope you are enjoying yourself! Miss seeing your creative creations.

Cristina - madhatter wannabe said...

Nice beads and hats! And thanks for sharing the Lock&Co.article. I visited that shop when I was in London recently. It's a tiny little shop oozing history.
Peter tried on a few hats but they weren't becoming, that's why I decided. to make one for him myself :-)
Check my blog for a post about Ascot!
Take care!